How to clear app cache and app data on your Android device

With more than a million apps on the Google Play Store, it would be unrealistic to expect that all of them would work like a fine-tuned machine on the thousands of different Android devices.

If you’ve been a member of the Android community long enough, you had an app or two crash on you now and then. If the problem gets too severe, your best bet is to clear the app cache and weed out any broken or corrupt cache files.  Let’s take a quick look at how you can do this on your device.

How to clear cache and data

Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet and tap on ‘Apps and Notifications‘.

Note: It could also be called ‘Manage Apps‘ or ‘Third-Party Apps‘ depending on your OEM. 

Tap on ‘See all apps‘.

You will now get a list of all the apps installed by you. Scroll down to find the specific one from the list of apps that you want to clear the cache/data for and tap it.

Note: If you can’t find your app here, then probably you are looking for a system app. To find a system app: Tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon (or the menu button on your device), and select ‘Show system apps’. For apps like Bluetooth services and other such services apps, you will have to enable the ‘Show system apps‘ option.

Now tap on ‘Storage and Cache

You should now be taken to the storage screen with the following two options below. Tap on the one that best suits your needs.

Note: If you are troubleshooting an app that keeps crashing then you should start with clearing the cache, and if that does not work for you, then you should clear the data.

#1 Clear cache

This will clear all the temporary files stored by your application including images, thumbnails, and more. It will preserve your login information and other data though.

#2 Clear storage

This will clear all the data stored by the app on your local storage including cache. Thus if you have already cleared storage then there is no need to clear the cache separately. You will also receive a confirmation dialog box from Google, tap on ‘Ok‘ to confirm your selection.

Note: Clearing the storage data will also delete all the login information (if any) stored by the app. This means that you will have to log back in again to recover your account. Ensure that you have your credentials at hand so that you don’t have trouble logging back in.  

Does clearing cache work on an Android device?

Yes, but it mostly depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are having bugs in the web interface of your app where it is unable to fetch the latest information or feeds, then clearing the cache can help you. If your in-app thumbnails are messed up, then clearing the cache can help you. It will however not help you solve internal errors and bugs within the app that might cause it to glitch or not function properly.

Does clearing storage work on an Android device?

Clearing storage is your nuclear option when troubleshooting apps on your device. It helps solve most web-related errors as well as connectivity errors. Clearing the storage will also help you refresh the app and start a new which might be useful in certain scenarios. As for the risks involved, you will lose all the data stored on your local storage. While mentioned above that you will have to login again, this also means that any images, songs, videos or additional data downloaded for the app will also need to be downloaded again.

Note: This should also be kept in mind if troubleshooting heavy games like PUBG, COD, or Fortnite as they use an additional .obb file. This file, if deleted, will force you to redownload most of your game again. But if you are having issues with these games, then it is likely due to this file. We recommend you use the repair option at the login screen of each game to try and fix any issues before taking this drastic step. 

We hope this guide helped you learn everything you needed to know about clearing cache and storage on your device. If you face any issues or have any questions for us, feel free to reach out using the comments section below.


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