If you are one of the two billion individuals who own any type of Android smartphone, memory is one problem you will face even if you have a 65GB or 128GB model with a similar data size MicroSD card. The sheer size of media files we download or have on our smartphones can easily fill a 1TB hard disk if you don’t keep on deleting old movies and photos.
When you are down to the last remaining bytes on your Android, clearing junk files and removing redundant data can help a lot. By redundant data, we mean cached data. In this article, we are going to discuss a number of ways by which you can quickly and easily clear cached data on your Android smartphone.
What is cached data on Android smartphone?
Whenever you visit any website or open an App, Android automatically saves some images which form the crux of cached data. The more you visit a particular website or open a particular App, the more cached data is saved by Android subsystem so that it can load that App or website quickly for you. Cached data are files, images and other media files stored on your devices by an app or a website. Cached data is app-specific and website specific and is stored every time you load the app or open a website.
Why should you delete the cached data on your Android smartphone?
Cached data is automatically generated and deleting cached data does not have any serious repercussions. It won’t delete any sensitive information such as saved passwords or game data. Debugging a problem App often involves clearing the cached data of that particular App.
When should you clear Android cache data?
You should form a habit of clearing the cached data once a month. You should particularly delete the cached data if you are running low on memory or if any the Android apps are misbehaving. Sometimes clearing a cache can make your laggy device that bit little faster.
4 Ways To Clear Android Cache Data
1. Use Device Settings to clear all cached data on your device
You can batch delete all cached data by using the Settings app on Android.
- Go to your Settings app and tap on Storage or Storage & memory. There you can find the amount of memory consumed by apps and other media on your device.
- Tap on Cached data which also displays the amount of cached data on your device.
- A pop up will ask for your confirmation to delete cached data. Tap OK to delete all your app cached data.
2. Clear cached data per app
If clearing app data of all apps does not seem convenient to you, you can opt for deleting cache data of apps one by one.
- Go to Settings and tap on Apps.
- Select the app for which you want to clear cache.
- On the App Info interface, tap on Storage.
- There you can clear cache data with just a tap on the option highlighted Clear Cache.
3. Use Third-party apps
Android cleaners do a good job of finding unnecessary files or cached data and help you delete them. There are a lot of cleaner apps available on Play Store. You can look at our list of best Android cleaner apps. Apart from removing cached data, they can help you remove unused APK’s, remove advertisement junk, enhance battery life and a lot of other features.
4. Clear cache using TWRP or Clockwork Recovery Method
This bit requires you to be a bit nerdy so proceed with caution. Playing with the bootloader can void the warranty in many smartphones.
TWRP or CWM is quite useful if your device has become too slow or if you are experiencing any abnormalities in your device performance. Both the methods use the bootloader to clear system cache partition directly. It is clearing your desktop using the RegEdit method. Here is how to do it.
- Power off your device.
- Load the bootloader. This method is different for different manufacturers, and you should check online for a particular method for your smartphone model. In most case scenarios, pressing the power button, volume down button and/or home button simultaneously launch the bootloader. In other devices, Power button with both the Volume keys have to pressed simultaneously.
- In most cases, the touchscreen won’t work when you fire up the bootloader and you will have to navigate using the volume keys. The newer smartphone models offer touchscreen features in bootloader.
- Go to Recovery and select it with a tap on the Power button.
- Go to Wipe cache partition and tap the Power button to select it.
- Select Reboot system now.
Your Android smartphone is now as clean as a whistle.