How and why to clear the cache and app data on Android

Each Android smartphone has an application Manager, which can be accessed through the settings menu. Usually it is in the top of the list, although its location may be slightly different depending on the device. But as soon as you dobiraetes to him, you know, you are in the right place. Here you can see all the apps installed on your phone or tablet. It is also a convenient place to clean the cache or application data, if they suddenly begin to lead you to sluggishness.

The application cache (and how to clean it)

When you use the application, they begin to save some files for later use. These files are stored in the so-called “cache” application. For example, when you use the browser, it will save the images that you have seen that they do not have to download every time you again decide to see them. It saves your time and Internet traffic.

But maybe you want to clear cached application data, or restore some employed that cache storage space of your device, or try to fix a misbehaving app. Here are simple instructions how to do it.

  1. See in “Settings”.
  2. Go to “Storage” to see the menu with its settings.
    • if your smartphone is running Android Oreo or earlier, you need to open the settings page of applications Manager.

  3. Click on “more apps” to see a list of installed applications.
  4. Locate the application whose cache you want to clear and tap it.

  5. Click the “Clear cache”.

The next time you use the app, it will download from the Internet all he needs, as in the first time you used it. Cleanup removes cached data other data, such as logins or saved games. This often fixes problems, especially when the application uses content from a site that constantly adds new and updates your old content. If you want to completely clear storage, repeat the above steps but in last step click “Clear storage”. This procedure will erase all application data, including user names and passwords, saving, and so on.

All Android devices cache data applications equally, but some manufacturers offer separate tools for control applications. For writing this guide was used for Pixel 3, because the whole process can be performed without the use of any additional software and it is useful if your phone does not have a dedicated application.

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