How to Clear Cache on Android

Overview:

This document provides instructions on how to clear your cache for all of your installed apps and the Android system. Clearing your cache on a regular basis is a good housekeeping tip for your phone. It helps to keep your phone running in tip-top shape.

Click on the following links to receive instructions on how to clear the various types of cache on your cell phone:

Clear the Cache of All Installed Apps

Clear the Cache of an Individual App

Clear the Android System Cache

Clear the Cache of All Installed Apps 

Clearing app cache can help to resolve issues with your installed apps and helps to free up storage space on your phone by removing temporary files. None of your personal files or settings will be deleted. If you're having issues with some of your apps, or need to free up some additional space, follow the steps below based on the model of your phone. 

Note: With the software update to Android 8.0 Oreo, Google has removed the feature to clear the cache of all installed apps.  Instead, the ability to clear the cache for individual apps has been designed.


Clear the Cache of an Individual App

Clearing the cache of an individual app can help to resolve issues with that specific app and helps to free up storage space on your phone by removing temporary files. None of your personal files or settings will be deleted. If you're having issues with some of your apps, or need to free up some additional space, follow the steps below based on the model of your phone. 


Clear the Android System Cache 

Clearing the system cache can help to resolve issues and improve the performance of your phone by removing temporary files associated with the Android operating system. None of your personal files or settings will be deleted. If your phone isn't running as smooth as it once did, try clearing the system cache by following the steps below based on the model of your phone.

Note: With the update to Android 8.1 Oreo and Android 9.0 Pie, Google has removed the ability to clear the system cache from the partition.  Instead, the system cache is cleared every time the phone is rebooted. 

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