How To Clear Cache on Your Android
On your mobile device, a cache is a place where the accompanying data from apps or websites you've browsed is stored. When used repeatedly, the app/website will benefit speed-wise because you won't have to download the files again as they are stored within your device, i.e. cached. This speeds up your device and saves expensive data as well.
On a short term run, there are no significant downs with the cache, but with time it'll start taking up too much space on your device, leading to sluggish performance and poor web experience. The solution to this problem is cleaning your cache every now and then.
Clear Cache - App
1. Open the Main menu
2. Open your Settings app
3. Find the Apps menu
4.Find the app that's been misbehaving and tap on it.
5. You'll see some detailed information about the app, and if scroll down a little there will be a button that says "clear cache" and its size in megabytes (or bytes if you're lucky). Tap it without hesitation. Your apps' cache will now be erased and you can do the same for other apps as well.
Clear Cache - All Apps
1. Go to your Settings menu
2. Tap on Storage tab.
3. Once there, you'll see a color-coded bar that breaks down your storage use, distribution into apps, pictures, audio and space available. Scroll down to see Cached data and press it.
4. After you tap it, you'll see a prompt asking to confirm that your intentions are genuinely serious. Tap OK if this is the case. In a second or two, your phone will provide you with new stats and Cached data section will be looking sorry - or happy, if that's your MO.
Clear Cache - Browser
1. Open your browser (I'm using Chrome, but generally the sequence is pretty much the same). Tap the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner.
2. Find the Settings item and press it. Scroll to see Advanced and tap on Privacy.
3. In this new menu, find the button that says Clear Browsing Data. Tap it to see a new popup menu, and uncheck all the boxes but Cache and press clear.
That's it! Upon completion of these steps, you'll most likely notice a significant improvement in your device's performance. Do it at least once a month and keep your phone junk-free. Make sure to keep an eye on our How-to's section and share your experience in the Comments section below.