What Is Cached Data And How To Clear It?

Have you ever wondered what cached data is? Then you may not be the only person not aware of what it means. Learn how to clear cache and data on your devices.

With a host of technological advancements wrapped around our lives, we have somehow come to accept technical jargon without quite understanding what they really mean. Have you ever wondered what cached data is? Then you may not be the only person not aware of what it means.

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Our phones have become so much more than a mode of making and receiving calls. After all, that's what phones were supposed to do when they were created. But now, they are meant to help us juggle lives, notify us of communications through different apps, and lastly, make and receive calls. All devices that connect to the internet use cached data in one form or another.

 

An example to define "cache"

Let me take the help of an example to define cache. When you visit a place for the first time, your brain stores the route in your mind so that the next time you have to get to the same place, it is easier and quicker. This is somewhat the same way in which cached data behaves. 

When a device visits a website or uses an app, certain data is stored in the form of a cache in the device's memory. The next time the device accesses the same website, it is easier for the device to access it because of the cached data stored when the website was visited the first time.

Why cached data exists

The main reason why cached data exists is to make loading time faster. So if the device already has the layout of the website saved in the form of cached data, it will not have to load that same data once again. This helps in quickening the process of loading the website.

While cached data is helpful for computers, smartphones, and tablets, it can take up space on your device, and it may get corrupt over time. While the cached data on your device can be helpful for the websites you visit regularly, it can be considered a waste for those websites you will be visiting just once.

Android devices manage app data very efficiently, and for most users, you will not have to worry about managing the cached data manually. However, when the phone begins to experience issues, and you are trying to fix a problem by following specific troubleshooting steps, you may come across a step that may ask you to clear the cache.

Cached files on your Android phone or tablet can exist for the apps you access or use, and they will exist for the websites you visit using your smartphone. Whether system apps or third-party apps, all apps will have cached data. Since cached data is automatically created and does not include any crucial data, wiping or clearing the cache for an app or a device is harmless.

Once the previous data is deleted, you will notice a slight change in the time it takes to access websites or use the app for the first time. This is when the cached data will be created once again. Once the data is recreated, you will notice that your experience accessing the app or the website the next time will be faster and smoother.

 

Why should we clear the system cache?

System cache will have data for all websites and apps you may have used on your phone. There is a possibility that some of the data is for an app you may have already uninstalled or for social media posts that you have already read and may not be opening again. It is good to clear the system cache now and then so that you can free up some space on your phone or tablet.

Your Android device may have stored lots of information on the system cache, and it gradually needs more and more storage space. It is unnecessary to give away important storage space for the system cache.

Clearing cache is also necessary as a part of the troubleshooting process to resolve some problems that may arise because of corrupted cache data. With Android getting better with every update, you may not need to do it on your own most of the time. Android systems usually manage cache very effectively. The requirement may arise very rarely.

 

How to clear system cache on Android Devices (Cache Partition)?

The system cache are files created for accessing the Android system. This cache data is related to the design and the system files so that the working of your Android phone is smooth. Specific troubleshooting steps may require you to wipe the cache partition of your Android system so that the phone or tablet can build new cache files. 

The steps for clearing the cache partition are somewhat similar in the different versions of Android OS. You first have to enter your phone's Recovery menu in order to wipe the system's cache partition. Follow these steps to delete the cache partition of your phone:

Older Models / Versions: 

  • Turn off your phone, press and hold the Power, Volume Up, and Home buttons until your phone vibrates.
  • You will be in the Recovery menu of your device.
  • Highlight the "wipe cache partition" option by using the Volume Down key and pressing the Power key to select the option.

Updated: 

  • Press and hold the Power button on your device till you see the Power menu > Tap Power Off
  • Connect your phone to a desktop/ laptop with the original type-C cable
  • Press and hold the Power + Volume Up Buttons
  • When the Android logo appears, release all keys.
  • Use the Volume down button to navigate, then select "Wipe cache partition."
  • Use the Power button to make selections. 
  • When the wipe cache partition process is complete, select Reboot System using the Power button.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

Your phone will restart... When your phone restarts, it will build new cache files all over again.

 

How to clear cache, cookies and history in iPhone Safari?

Clearing cookies and Safari history will free up your iPhone storage, and with more storage space, your device will work faster. 

  • Navigate the Settings 
  • Find Safari 
  • Scroll down to find "Clear History and Website Data" and tap it. 
  • Tap "Clear History and Data" to confirm it.

How To clear the cache on your Mac computer?

To clear the cache on a Mac computer using the shortcuts is fairly simple and easy to follow.

  • Press the keys together: Shift + Command + G. This will open the finder window
  • Enter the following command in the search box below
  • ~/Library/Caches.

  • Or /Users/{YOUR_USER_NAME}/Library/Caches

  • HIT GO
  • This will take you to all your Mac's cached files.
  • Press command + A to select all folders.
  • You will be prompted with a pop-up to confirm.
  • Enter your password and hit OK

 

How To clear the cache on your Windows PC ( Temporary Files )?

Clearing cache on your Windows PC using the Disk Cleanup is quite easy, follow the steps below :

  • Click Start
  • Then Type "Disk Cleanup" in the search box
  • Click the first result that appears on the screen
  • Make sure that drive "C:" is selected and click "OK"
  • Check the "Temporary files" Box and Click OK to remove temporary files on your computer.

 

How to clear all apps' cached data (Android & iPhone)?

If you have never deleted the cached data on your phone for the apps you use, you may have unnecessary data on your phone as you may have deleted several apps, but the cache files for those apps still exist. They may even get corrupted and begin causing problems for your phone. Many troubleshooting steps require users to clear the cached data for all apps.

The only way to clear the cache on every app at the same time would be to perform a factory reset on your phone. Also, to clear the cache on every app at the same time on an iPhone device would require performing a factory reset.

 

How to clear app cache data for specific apps only (Android)?

While clearing the entire system cache can be helpful, sometimes you may not want to delete everything, and instead, you can choose to delete the cache for specific apps only. To delete the cache for specific apps, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Settings menu of your device.
  • Search for Apps and select it.
  • Here you will find all the apps on your system. Tap on the app for which you want to clear the data.
  • Tap Storage
  • Then Select Clear Cache to wipe the cache data for the specific app only.

How to clear app cache data for specific apps only (iPhone)?

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Then General > iPhone Storage
  • Wait for the page to load. Once the page is generated, select the app you wish to clear and tap Offload App
  • You can also delete the app if you no longer use it.

Remember that clearing the cache for an app will not remove any important data, and when you launch the app the next time, it will automatically create the cache files for the app once again.

 

 

 

 

Here is how to boot the phone in Safe Mode: 

  • Press and hold the Power button on your device till you see the Power menu > Tap Power Off
  • Press and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time, to turn the device on. 
  • Once the Samsung logo appears on the screen, you can let go of the power button. Ensure you keep holding the Volume Down Button
  • Safe Mode will now appear at the bottom left of the screen.

To Exit Safe Mode (3 Ways) :

    1. Press and hold the Power button for at least 6 seconds, then tap Restart.
    2. Press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons for at least 5 seconds
    3. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access the Notification Panel, then tap on "Safe mode is on" To disable and restart.

 

 

How to reset all settings on Android

To reset all settings on your Android phone, navigate to

  • Settings
  • General Management 
  • Tap Reset
  • Tap "Reset settings."
  • Tap "Factory Data Reset" to erase all content and data 

How to reset all settings on iPhone

To reset all settings on your iPhone, navigate to

  • Settings
  • General 
  • Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone
  • Tap Reset
  • Tap "Reset All settings."
  • Tap "Erase All content and settings" to factory reset your phone

 

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