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How to clear browser cache and app cache on Android smartphone

On: February 28, 2021

Is your Android smartphone experiencing a weird slowdown? Are you having trouble opening applications or navigating the user interface? If you answered with yes to those questions then your Android phone likely needs a cleanup. It is important to note that your smartphone has apps and web browsers which tend to store bits of information and they are often done to speed up your experience using them.

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However, after a period of time, the amount of information stored on your through this process, could end up overwhelming your device. This could further lead to slowdown and a sluggish user experience. Some of the files stored on your phone might not really be necessary. So, in such a scenario, you can delete these files and free up space. This should help with booting the device as well as while using the smartphone.

These files are usually referred to as cache files. The process of clearing these files is similar to that of clearing the temporary files on your computer. When you remove these files, you might see improved experience with both the operating system as well as individual apps. Here is how to clear the browser cache and app cache from any Android smartphone.

How to clear cache from Google Chrome on Android

We are using Google Chrome as the reference since it is the default browser and also the most widely used. You can follow almost identical procedure for other web browsers as well.

  1. Open Google Chrome app on your Android smartphone.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top right hand corner of the application.
  3. This will open a drop-down menu, now tap on History.
  4. Now select clear browsing data and go to the advanced tab.
  5. On this screen, you can change the time frame from which you want to delete the history.
  6. Uncheck all the boxes but retain the tick next to Cached images and files.
  7. Now, click on Clear data.

The above process will remove all cached images and files from Chrome browser on your phone. If you have a phone with little internal storage then this should greatly help boost your experience.

How to clear app cache on Android phone

An app cache is not vastly different from the browser cache that we deleted in the above step. Every app stores a small piece of information to speed up your experience while using the app. However, the app may have stored more information over time, which could have led to corrupt files. This will result in app not working properly or closing down intermittently.

These issues can be fixed by clearing the cached data from your smartphone. The process to clear these files is easy and will not delete any of your app data or account information. It will most certainly stop any app from misbehaving. Here is how.

  1. Go to the settings menu of your Android smartphone.
  2. Click on Storage or “RAM and storage” depending on your device.
  3. Choose internal storage if you have a smartphone with support for external storage and a memory card in the slot.
  4. If you see an option called Cached data, click on that and tap on Ok when you see a dialog box with the message, “ Caches for all apps will be cleared. Clear?”
  5. In case of some models, you will have a native tool built in to clean junk files.
  6. You can also go to App Manager, select the app having issues and then clear cache.

Unlike your computer, a smartphone stores less memory in the form of cache. So, it is not recommended to clear the cache regularly. However, you can periodically clear cache by thinking of it as spring clearing your smartphone. Even better option would be to buy a smartphone with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. You can also avoid installing applications that take up a lot of space.

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