Your apps and web browser store bits of information to speed up your experience using them.
Over time, your phone may collect a lot of files you don't really need. You can clear out the files to free up a little storage space on your device. Clearing cache can also help with website behavior issues.
Clearing browser cache and app cache from an Android phone is a quick and easy process.
Here's a short guide on how to do both.
1. Open the Chrome app on your device.
2. Tap the three-dot icon, found at the top right, to open a dropdown menu.
3. Tap History, then Clear browsing data.
4. If desired, select the oldest date you would like cleared using the Time Range dropdown menu.
5. Select Cached images and files.
6. Tap the Clear data button to clear cache.
App cache is similar to browser cache. It's small bits of information stored to speed up your experience using an app. However, there may be times when an app suddenly closes or stops responding all together. Problems with cached data could be the culprit.
Clearing cache is a quick and easy way to free up space and (hopefully) fix a misbehaving app. Clearing app cache will not delete app data like account information.
Here's how to clear app cache:
1. Go to the Settings menu on your device.
2. Tap Storage.
3. Tap Internal Storage under Device Storage.
4. Tap Cached data.
5. Tap OK when a dialog box appears asking if you're sure you want to clear all app cache.
Clearing app cache will not delete app data like account information. App data, like account information, can be deleted from the same menu - proceed with caution if you decide to do so.
Note: Phones without SD card storage will not be given a choice to select between internal storage or SD card as shown in the above screenshots.
You may find it helpful to clear cache periodically, but a regular cache clearing schedule isn't required. If you find you're routinely clearing cache to free up space, you may consider removing unused apps or archiving stored video and photos in the cloud. Installing a high volume microSD card is another option to address phone storage needs.
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