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How to clear the cached data in Android - without any App

Up until recently I was using an App to clean the the Android cache once in a while. If you don't, the device over time get's sluggish, because too many apps store too much data in the cache. Over time this cache can grow to GBs in size.

On the other hand, every single "clean cache App", over time, started showing more and more aggresive advertising. I get that the developer wants to make some money, that's fine. But maybe the money is not enough, so more advertising it is.

Turns out, there is a built-in way in Android to clean the cache. No need for an extra App.

 

 

Here is how it works: Go into "Settings":

Android Settings
Android Settings

 

 

Click on "Storage":

 

Android Storage
Android Storage

 

 

Click on "Cached data" and confirm the question asking you to "Clear cached data":

Clear cached data
Clear cached data

 

 

That's it, now the cache is small and clean again:

 

Cache is gone
Cache is gone

 

Easy, isn't it? It is not possible to clean the cache just for specific Apps. However I haven't found myself in a position where I wanted to just get rid of the cache for one or a few Apps. I always cleaned the entire cache.

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Bruno Voigt on :

Cleaning the cache for an specific App is possible via Settings - Apps - App - Storage - Clean Cache. Did it sometimes on the Kids old crammed Motorola G2 to get space for updates..
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Andreas Scherbaum on :

Right. But then you have to go into every single app and clear the cache. These "App Cache Cleaner" apps give you all apps at one click, and you can select or deselect apps from the list. And that's why I just settled with "just remove everything".
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