How do I clear the memory cache of your Android?


When installing an application on Android, temporary files are generated which can be used more quickly and not all of the required data has to be downloaded each time it is opened. These residual files are the Android cache. It is advisable to clear your Android’s cache from time to time as this will help free up space: a single cache clean can free up anywhere from 50 to 200MB.

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All you need is an Android device, either a tablet or a mobile phone. There is no need to download an application as the operating system, since Android 4.2, allows clearing the cache from the settings menu.

Steps to follow

If you have a phone or tablet with Android 6.0 Marshmallow

To clear the cache for a single app:

  1. Open the Settings application on your phone or tablet.
  2. Click the Applications section. If you are using a Samsung Galaxy, you will also need to hit the Application Manager option.
  3. Find the application that is taking up the most space in the cache. Tap the name of the app (e.g. Facebook or YouTube).
  4. Press the storage option xx MB of the device memory used.
  5. Finally, hit the Clear Cache option.

To clear all applications cache:

  1. Open the Settings application on your phone or tablet.
  2. Select the Storage section.
  3. Tap on Cached Data. This way you can see how much space the cache is taking up on your device.
  4. When finished, press the Delete or OK option.

If you have a phone or tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop or earlier

To clear the cache for a single app:

  1. Open the Settings application on your phone or tablet.
  2. Click the Applications section.
  3. Select Installed or All to view all installed applications. Press the name of the application you want to clear the cache for (e.g. Facebook or YouTube).
  4. Finally, hit the Clear Cache option.

To clear all applications cache:

  1. Open the Settings application on your phone or tablet.
  2. Select the Storage section.
  3. In the internal storage information, tap Cached data.
  4. Finally, there you have the option to clear the cache data of all applications at the same time.

Tips / observations

Clearing the cache data does not delete user data. No important files are deleted either. Only temporary files are deleted, which the application restores and / or recreates if necessary.
It is recommended to repeat the process of clearing the cache between two weeks and every month to prevent the device from filling up with temporary junk files. However, you shouldn’t abuse the clearing of the cache either. You don’t have to do it every day.



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