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How to clear the cache on your Android phone

If you’ve noticed your Android phone slowing down over time, it might be time to clear the phone’s cache. The question is, how do you do it?

While there’s no one-tap fix to clear the cache of your smartphone, what you can do is clear the cache of the individual apps that you use regularly. Over time, the cache within apps can grow to balloon in size, sometimes dwarfing the actual size of the apps themselves. 

The idea behind the app cache is to essentially store short-term data – elements that the app relies on to work – to ensure the app runs smoothly, but it can build up over time.

If you’re finding your Android phone is feeling sluggish, clearing your cache of your apps could be one way to help speed it right back up again. Here’s how to clear the app cache on your Android phone. 

Note: We used the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra running OneUI 6.2 based on Android 14 for the purposes of this tutorial. The following steps may vary slightly depending on your model of smartphone and version of Android.

What you’ll need: 

  • An Android smartphone

The Short Version 

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the app whose cache you’d like to clear.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Tap Clear Cache.
  1. Step

    Open the Settings app

    The first step in clearing the cache of an app on your phone is to open the Settings app. That’s the app with the mechanical cogwheel icon if you’re unfamiliar. App menu on Android

  2. Step

    Tap Apps

    From here, scroll down the list to the Apps menu – it’s usually quite near the bottom of the Settings app’s main menu depending on your software. You can also tap the Search icon in the Settings app to search for the Apps menu directly. Settings app on Android

  3. Step

    Tap the app whose cache you’d like to clear

    From here, scroll through your list of installed apps and tap on the app whose cache you’d like to clear. This could be to fix an issue in the app or to simply free up some space on an app you’re not using that often. Main Apps menu on Android

  4. Step

    Tap Storage

    Within the app’s settings menu, scroll down and tap Storage.App Settings on Android

  5. Step

    Tap Clear Cache

    From here, you’ll see how much storage, cache and data the app in question is using. To clear the app’s cache, tap the Clear Cashe button on the bottom right. It’s a near-instant process and while you won’t get a confirmation pop-up, if your cache data is down to 0 bytes, the job is done.

    You can rinse and repeat this process with as many apps as you’d like. Simply go back to the main Apps menu and go wild! It’s worth noting that this won’t sign you out of apps either; only deleting data, not cache, will log you out of the app. App storage menu on Android


Can I clear the cache of all installed apps at once?

Unfortunately not – you can only clear the cache on an app-by-app basis, which could take some time depending on how many apps you’ve currently got installed. 

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