If you’re experiencing slow performance on a smartphone or tablet, there are general steps you can take to troubleshoot and often resolve the issue. Most problems can be taken care of by simply restarting your device.
Another common way to boost performance or at least free up extra storage space on an Android phone is to clear an app’s cached data. And Clear Chrome’s cached data for websites you visit.
Below I’ll walk you through both processes, which don’t take long. The hardest part is figuring out where to look, and that’s what I’m going to show you.
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As with any tutorial on how to do something on an Android device, the steps for you may differ slightly from what I describe below due to different device manufacturers and customized software on top of Android. But the gist of the process is covered and this should at least be similar enough to point you in the right direction. (And here’s how to clear cache on iPhone.)
How to clear app cached data
How to clear Chrome’s cache
Frequently Asked Questions
What is cached data?
When you clear cached data, whether it’s for an app or from Chrome, you’re actually removing various files and information downloaded by the app. For an app like Facebook, cached data can be profile photos, pictures, videos, and similar content that the phone saves to speed up scrolling through your timeline.
In other words, while files and data help the overall experience, they aren’t necessary and can often bloat with too much storage.
How often should I clear the cache of my Android device?
It depends! If you see a lot of performance issues, you should do something like this in the list of troubleshooting steps. Otherwise, maybe every quarter, or twice a year? It really depends on how powerful your phone or tablet is.
Am I gaining storage space by just clearing the cache?
No. In fact, one of the first troubleshooting steps I follow when I encounter any strange bugs or issues with an app is to clear the cache. Often, the files in the cache are corrupted or out of date, and forcing the app to rebuild the cache fixes that problem. It’s a win-win.