If you’re experiencing slow performance on a smartphone or tablet, there are common steps you can take to troubleshoot and often fix it. Simply restarting your device can take care of a lot of problems.
Another common way to increase 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 will walk you through both processes, which don’t take very long at all. The hardest part is figuring out where to look, and that’s exactly what I’m going to show you.
As with any tutorial that walks you through how to do something on an Android device, the steps for you may differ slightly from what I outline below due to different device manufacturers and custom software on top of Android. But the gist of the process is covered and it should be similar enough to at least get you pointed in the right direction. (And here is how to clear the cache on an iPhone.)
How to clear an app’s cached data
How to clear Chrome’s cache
What is cached data?
When you clear cached data, whether it’s for an app or from Chrome, you’re really just removing various files and information that the app has downloaded. For an app like Facebook, cached data can be profile pictures, photos, videos, and similar content that the phone stores to speed up scrolling through your timeline.
In other words, while the files and data help with the overall experience, they are not essential and can often become bloated and take up too much storage space.
How often should I clear my Android device’s cache?
It depends on! If you see a lot of performance issues, it should be something you do in a list of troubleshooting steps. Or maybe every quarter, or twice a year? It really just depends on how well your phone or tablet runs.
Do I only get storage by clearing the cache?
No. In fact, one of the first troubleshooting steps I follow when I encounter strange errors or problems in an app is to clear the cache. Often files in the cache are corrupt or out of date and forcing the app to rebuild the cache fixes this issue. It’s a win-win.