Every device retains cache in one way or the other. To clear the hidden cache on Android, you need to know the logic.
When you first visit a site or launch an application on your Android phone, it logs and retains data in the form of scripts, style sheets, etc.
Your Android device does that so the next time you visit the same site or launch the same application, it can load and process a lot faster.
How to Clear Hidden Cache On Android
Cached data has many advantages for instance it shortens your loading time. But on the other hand, it also occupies some space on your device.
Other than that, cached data has 2 major disadvantages:
- The more sites you visit, the more cache gets stored in your storage. Although it is a minor problem, it still proves to be an inconvenience.
- By storing scripts and style sheets in the cache, the browser uses them when you return to a site. But if the site has had an update of scripts, styles, and images, it is the cached versions that will be loaded, and thus preventing you from seeing updated content.
Other than that, your android device may gather a lot of cached data that you may no longer have any use for. This is why it’s a good practice to regularly clear the cached data.
This article will show you how you can clean your android phone from the hidden cache. Without further ado, let us get into it.
The following steps will show you how to clear cache from google chrome:
- Launch the Chrome app.
- Tap history and select “browsing data”.
- Under Basic, make sure Cached Images and Files are checked. Here you can delete cookies and browsing data as well. Other than that, you can go to the advanced tab to also remove saved passwords, auto-fill data, and site settings.
- Select the time range you wish to delete.
- Tap”clear data”.
The steps for clearing cached data from Firefox are more or less similar to Chrome:
- Launch the Mozilla Firefox app.
- Tap the three bars icon on the top left to pull down the menu.
- Tap Settings then under the Privacy & Security, tap “Clear private data.”
- Next, clear cache and cached data
- Tap “clear data” to proceed
If you want to clear a third-party app cache, follow the following steps:
Note: you do not need to worry about your account information since it will remain intact.
- Launch the Settings app on your Android device.
- Go to Storage and under Device Storage, tap Internal Storage.
- Tap “cached data”.
- A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm clearing cached data. Tap OK to continue.
This process will be different in some android devices. Nonetheless, the main idea is the same:
- Go to the settings of your device.
- Tap storage.
- Tap Other Apps and select the app whose cache you want to clear.
- Tap “Clear cache”.
In this article, we discussed what cached data is and how to clear the hidden cache on Android for speeding up the waiting time. At the same time, we also discussed how cached data can sometimes cause inconvenience to an android user.
It is therefore a good idea to clear the cache on all applications and browsers to experience the efficient functioning of your android device.
When should I clear the cache?
If you find that an app is not functioning the way it is supposed to, clearing the cached data might solve this problem. In addition to that, if you want to free up some space on your storage, then too, clearing cache is a good practice. Still, it must be kept in mind that cached data only occupies a small part of your storage. So if you want to clear a large part of your storage, you will want to delete some applications that you no longer use. Other than that, you can transfer some files to an external storage device such as an SD card or a USB.