How to Clear Cache on Android Phone to Get More Space

If you are running out of memory space on your Android, the following guide will show you how you can clear cache on your Android device to get more space. It also shows some other methods of freeing-up memory space on your device.

By iMobie |Posted on: Jan. 25, 2019, Last Updated: Jan. 25, 2019

Each time you launch an app on your Android device, it uses the so-called cache files that quickly transfer data from processor onto your screen and vice versa. Over the time, these cache files get bigger and these need to be removed to free-up memory space as well as to boost the performance of your Android device.

The following guide shows the methods to clear cache on Android devices. You will also learn how you can free-up memory space using other methods in the guide. Just keep in mind not to delete anything that you think you will need in the future.

Let’s check out the guide:

How to Clear Cache on Android Phone

The following methods do not require you to download and install any apps on your device before you can free-up memory space or clear cache. These methods use the built-in options on your device to let you get rid of junk files from your device.

Method 1. Clear App Cache on Android Devices

In this section, you are going to learn how you can clear cache on your Android phone. As said before, each app stores the so-called cache files on your device and removing those files helps free-up memory space.

Here’s how you can go about clearing app cache files on your Android device:

Step 1. Launch the app drawer on your Android device > Tap on the app that says Settings.

Step 2. When the Settings app launches, scroll down > Tap on the option that says Apps. On the following screen, tap on the option that says Application List to view your app list.

How to Clear Cache on Android - Clear App Cache on Android Devices

How to Clear Cache on Android – Clear App Cache on Android Devices

Step 3. You will see all the apps you have installed on your device. Tap on the app you want to clear cache files for > Tap on Storage.

Step 4. Tap on Clear Cache on the following screen and the cache files of the selected app will be removed from your device.

How to Clear Cache on Android Phone - Clear App Cache on Android Devices

How to Clear Cache on Android Phone – Clear App Cache on Android Devices

That’s all. You have successfully cleared the cache files for your chosen app on your device.

Method 2. Clear Downloaded Files on Android Devices

Many times it happens that you download files on your device but you forget to use them or you just never use them at all. These unused downloaded files could occupy a large amount of memory space on your device. Clearing these files will free-up the valuable memory space on your device and the following is how you do it.

Step 1. Launch the default file manager app from the app drawer on your device.

Step 2. Tap on the Downloads folder to open the folder. You should be able to see all the files you have downloaded to your device.

How to Clear Cache on Android - Clear Downloaded Files on Android Devices

How to Clear Cache on Android – Clear Downloaded Files on Android Devices

Step 3. Tap on filter at the top-right corner and select Sort by size. Then, find the unused large files and get rid of those files.

You have successfully got rid of the unused files that were occupying a large amount of memory space on your device. You now have more space available to add new and useful files to your device.

Method 3. Remove the Backed Up Photos

If you use Google Photos, it is likely the app has uploaded most, if not all, photos from your device over to the cloud storage. If that is the case, you may want to delete the photos that are already available in Google Photos from your device.

The following shows how you can go about doing it:

Step 1. Open the app drawer on your device and tap on Photos to launch the Google Photos app.

Step 2. When the Photos app launches, tap on three-horizontal lines at the top and select the option that says “Free up space”.

How to Clear Cache on Android - Remove the Backed Up Photos

How to Clear Cache on Android – Remove the Backed Up Photos

Step 3. On the following screen, a notification will appear telling you the amount of memory space you can free-up by deleting duplicate photos. Tap on the Free up button to delete the duplicate photos.

How to Clear Cache on Android Phone - Remove the Backed Up Photos

How to Clear Cache on Android Phone – Remove the Backed Up Photos

Even though the photos have been deleted from your device, those are still available in your Google Photos account and can be accessed anytime you want right from your device.

Method 4. Uninstall Unwanted Apps from Android

If you have installed any apps that you do not use on your device, you can uninstall them to clean up your device. Uninstalling an app is an extremely easy task and the following shows how to do it.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your device > Tap on Apps > Tap on Application List on the following screen.

Step 2. Tap on the app you want to uninstall, and select Uninstall. The chosen app will be deleted from your Android device.

Method 5. Use the Free Memory Space Option on Android

The newer versions of the Android OS have the memory free-up option that automatically detects less used apps and files for you to delete them from your device. The following is how you use the feature on your device.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Storage & memory. Tap on the Free Up Space button on the following screen.

How to Clear Cache on Android - Use the Free Memory Space Option on Android

How to Clear Cache on Android – Use the Free Memory Space Option on Android

Step 2. You will see a list of infrequently used files on your device. Tap on the Free Up option in the bottom-right corner of your screen to remove those files from your device.

How to Clear Cache on Android - Remove Infrequently Used Files

How to Clear Cache on Android – Remove Infrequently Used Files

The infrequently used files will be removed from your device and you will have more memory space available on your phone.

Conclusion

Clearing cache is one of the many ways to get more space on your Android device and the above guide teaches you how to do it. It shows a few other ways as well to let you clean up your phone of any junk files.

iMobie

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