It is essential to know how to control what data is saved on your phone, and one way is by understanding how to clear your browser cache. iPhones have a unique method of clearing a browser cache, but Android iOS also has a distinct process across the many phones that use the operating system.
Why Clear My Cache Files?Whenever you use a browser, information is saved from websites in its cache and cookies. Saving this information allows you to get a streamlined user experience as these sites will remember some of your information. On the other hand, hackers and companies can target cookies and cached data to sell your personal information. Beyond the issue of privacy, this data can also cause loading and formatting issues on certain websites. Regularly clearing your cache can alleviate all of these issues.
Clearing Your Browser Cache on Android
1. How To Find Your Browser Cache on AndroidIf you are using Google Chrome as your primary browser, go to the Chrome app on your Android device.
- At the top right corner of the app should be the “More settings” tab
- You can tap to reach a new settings menu.
- From here, you’ll tap ‘history,’
- Then tap ‘clear browsing data.’
- Check the boxes next to “Cookies and site data” and “cached images and files.”
- This will delete all of your history, cookies, and your cache.
2. Clearing Your Cache Without Clearing Your HistoryIf you want to clear your cache without clearing your history, you must make sure that you only check the box next to ‘cached images and files.’ If you leave everything else unchecked, only the cache will be deleted, with everything else related to your history remaining untouched.
3. Clearing Your Cache and History at the Same TimeIf you want to clear both, simply check both boxes. Your Android phone gives you a lot of flexibility in choosing how much of your data you want your phone to save on your browser. Checking these boxes will make your browser a blank slate that you can continue clearing regularly.
4. Choosing a Time Range for Clearing Browsing DataIf the things you want to clear happened in the last few hours, you have the option of only deleting a particular time range from your browser. If you're going to make your browser into a completely blank slate, you can select ‘all time’ when choosing a time range.
Clearing Your App Cache on AndroidYour browser is not the only thing on your phone with a cache for storing data. Individual apps also have a cache, and sometimes clearing it can improve your phone’s performance or free up some space. It should be noted that clearing an app’s storage in addition to your cache will clear all saved data and all passwords. Some apps are not meant to be cleared, like games saved locally on your device or accounts with passwords you do not want to memorize. That being said, if you are interested in clearing your app cache, here is how it works.
Where Do You Find Your App Cache on Android?To clear your app cache,
- Start by going to your settings app.
- Once you are on the app manager, select ‘other apps’ to find a list of your installed apps.
- You can choose any of these apps and select ‘clear cache.’
- This will not delete data and passwords unless you select the ‘clear storage’ option, which does a full wipe.