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[2024 Updated] How to Clear Cache and App Data on Android

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: January 9, 2024

"Do you have misbehaving apps that often freeze and crash on you? Maybe you can clear cache and App Data on Android to make it work. Find out how you can do it in this article below."

Normally when we ask for help from customer support about our apps that are not working properly, the very first thing they advise is to clear cache.

Many users are still unaware and are hesitant to perform this action because they are not fully informed about how clearing cache works and what it is for. They are afraid that they might lose their phone files and other vital information.

Before We Clear Cache and App Data on Android

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Part1. What is Clear Cache on AndroidPart2. How to Clear Cache on AndroidPart3. Romove Cache and App Data on Android at OncePart4. What to do is System Error Happens on AndroidPart5. SummaryVideo Guide: How to Use Fonedog Data Recovery

Part1. What is Clear Cache on Android

What is Cache on Android Phone

All mobile devices and operating systems like Android have cache settings. The cache settings are saved in the internal memory to make it easier for the device to take the reference to the last app you have used.

For example, when you are browsing your Facebook app, Facebook will save the images, posts, videos, you have visited, liked, shared or viewed in the cache setting inside the phone memory.

To clear cache on Android means to remove the saved information of certain elements or parts of pages, apps, settings, images, and more that you frequently visit on your phone.

By clearing caches, it simply free-up some space on the device giving more room for other data but this does not promise us a better and faster phone performance.

Normally we clear cache on Android when we experience latencies and other misbehaving apps or settings.


What is Cache on Android Device

Part2. How to Clear Cache on Android

A cache is a setting on the Android phone that remembers the apps, images, and parts of pages to let you easily get back on later on. The caches are saved on the device and remain stored unless cleared out.

When you clear cache on Android, some apps, and settings need to be re-configured since it may delete the previous settings you made.

  • You will need to sign in again on some of your apps because the old log-ins were deleted
  • Some apps may be slower to load their content, like images because it needs to reload
  • However, it won’t affect your Google Chrome sign in other apps.

Remove Cache on Android

To clear cache on Android:

  1. Open Settings from the home screen of your Android device
  2. Tap Apps or App Manager
  3. Choose desired app/s to clear
  4. If your Android is running on Marshmallow or later, go to Storage and then tap Clear Cache
  5. You may also tap Clear Data if needed but this will remove all the saved settings, databases, and log-in information on the app/s selected


Delete Cache on Android Phone

Clear the cache and data on Google Chrome app

To clear the cache and data on Google Chrome app:
1. Open the Chrome app on the Android phone
2. Tap More on the upper right
3. Tap History
4. Tap Clear browsing data
5. Choose the time range, if you want to delete everything, select All time
6. Check the boxes for "Cookies and site data" and "Cached images and files” 7. Tap Clear data


Delete the cache and data on Google Chrome Browbers

To make it clear, the cache is different from App Data. You don’t lose files and other information when you clear the cache. It is when you clear the app data that you need to configure third party or downloaded apps.

Part3. Romove Cache and App Data on Android at Once

Romove Cache and App Data on Android

For Android running on 4.2 and up, you can easily clear cache and app data at once.

  • Launch Settings on the Android
  • Tap Storage (Internal and SD Card)
  • Tap on Cached Data
  • A pop-up window appears asking you if you want to clear data, Tap OK

You can clear cache on both the internal and the SD card storage if needed.


Delete Cache and App Data on Android Device at Once

Part4. What to do is System Error Happens on Android

In some events that your phone might be experiencing more like when you encounter a system error on the Android, you can easily fix it by wiping out the cache partition by putting the device into Recovery Mode.

System Error Happens on Android

To wipe cache partition, follow these steps:

  1. Power Off the Android
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys all at the same time
  3. Release all keys when the phone reboots and the Android System Recovery screen appears
  4. Press Volume down key to highlight "wipe cache partition"
  5. Press Power key to confirm
  6. Select Reboot system now
  7. Wait until the device reboots


System Error Happens on Android Phone

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Part5. Summary

Remember that when you clear cache on Android and its app data, it does not necessarily mean that you have freed-up space on the device to accommodate more apps. This will only temporarily give space and fix misbehaving apps.

Clearing App Data refreshes certain apps back to the first time you have installed wherein you are required to re-log-in such as your Facebook, Instagram, and other third-party apps.

Clearing cache on Android is not long-term; it will create new cache and app data as long as you are using the device. It will continue to save some elements of the pages you last visited.

In the event of data loss, while performing the clearing, you can rely on FoneDog Toolkit-Android Data Recovery. This is the best professional solution for getting back lost files in just a few clicks.

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sagartrivedi2019-08-27 06:45:38

Very helpful article to clear your cache app data from Android. I followed your steps and it's very workful. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive article. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Gina Barrow

Technical/Creative Writer

Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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