How to Clear Cache on Samsung Phone in Easy Steps, With Photos

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How to Clear Cache on Samsung Phone in Easy Steps, With Photos

Do you have a friend who gets a brand-new phone every six months? Maybe their extravagance irritates you. Maybe you find yourself sounding older than you actually are, bemoaning planned obsolescence and singing the praises of a day when things were built to last. If you’re one of these people, (I know I am) odds are you hang onto your phone for a while. And if you and your phone have a long-term relationship, odds are you need to clear up some space. Well, thankfully there are a few easy ways to do that, like cleaning out your cache data. Here’s how to clear cache on a Samsung phone in 6 easy steps:

Step 1: Open Settings

Open your Samsung phone’s Settings app. Do this by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping on the gear-shaped icon at the top right of the screen.

Clear Cache on Samsung, Settings App
You can also type “Settings” into the search bar in your App tray if you can’t find the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Device Care

Scroll down in the Settings menu until you reach the tab labeled “Device Care.” Tap it.

Clear Cache on Samsung, Settings App
Scroll through the Settings until you find “Device Care”.

Step 3: Open Apps Not Used Recently

Depending upon the model of phone you have, you may have to scroll until you come to the tab “Apps Not Recently Used.” If you don’t see this option and a list of apps just appears, skip this step. If you see it, tap it. You may first need to choose either “Memory” or “Storage” before seeing the list of apps in “Device Care”.

Clear Cache on Samsung, Apps
Tap on the left of the Apps listed to start selecting more than one app at a time.

Step 4: Clean Cache on Your Phone

Click on “Clean Cache” (or “Clean Now” depending on the model of your phone) and the cache for that apps you have selected will be cleared.

Clear Cache on Samsung, Memory settings
Tap on “Clean Now” to clear the cache for all the apps you have selected.

Step 5: Open Apps in Settings

Steps 5 to 8 are in case you were unable to clean the cache on your phone through the “Device Care” tab.

In this case, scroll down in the Settings app and open the “Apps” tab.

Clear Cache on Samsung, Settings App
Scroll through Settings until you fund “Apps” instead if “Device Care” didn’t work for you.

Step 6: Select Your App

Select the app from which you wish to clear the cache. Preferably, select an app that is using a lot of space and that you don’t use very often.

Step 7: Click Storage

Once you’ve selected the app, there should be a few pieces of information, such as how much memory and battery it is using. One of these should say “Storage.” Depending on the model of your phone, it may say “Memory,” “Data” or even “Cache.”

Clear Cache on Samsung, Settings storage
Select “Storage” for the App that’s cache you want to clear.

Step 8: Clean Cache on Your Phone

Click on “Clean Cache” (or “Clean Now” depending on the model of your phone) and the cache for that app will be cleared.

Just repeat steps 6-8 as needed for each app for which you wish to clear the cache data.

What is Cache?

Have you ever noticed that the second, third, and fourth times you visit an app or website have a faster load time than the first? Well, that’s thanks to cache (pronounced “cash”). Your phone, tablet, or computer actually saves pieces of data such as scripts, files, and multimedia like images or video, and stores them for easy access in case of repeat visits to a site or app. Think of it as your phone hanging on to the guide map of your first visit. That way, the next visit is smoother because your phone is better equipped to get its bearings quickly. 

How Are Cache Files Different From Other Data Files?

There are two major differences between cache data files and other data files. The first is that cache data files are temporary, whereas other data files aren’t necessarily. The second major difference is that cache data files are high-priority files. In short, they are very high in the data hierarchy. That’s basically just a fancy way of saying that when given two commands to access data, your phone will prioritize certain pieces of data over others. At the top of the hierarchy are your CPU functions, which are essential for your phone to function at all. You might find it surprising, however, that cache data is second only to these essential pieces of functional CPU data on the priority list. 

Getting a bit more technical, cache data addresses the problem of CPUs being much faster than device memory. In the past, when a CPU would issue a command for a memory file, the CPU would have to wait for quite a few of its own cycles in order for the device to have time to accommodate the request. Cache files have extremely low latency, so they can be accessed very quickly, thus eliminating the wait time for the CPU. 

Why Should I Clear the Cache?

Naturally, all this stored data adds up and, in a bit of technological irony, an overloaded storage drive can slow down your phone. Yes, a process that was designed to speed up your phone’s loading time can actually have the opposite effect. The upside of this is that you can take action and improve the situation. As I mentioned, cache files are intended to be temporary, so if you are not using an app as often as others, there are only upsides as far as clearing out the app’s cache data. 

Also, the next time you open the app all this essential data will be re-cached, so while you may have a longer loading time on that particular occasion, you will have enjoyed the benefits of a phone that isn’t bogged down carrying unnecessary data. There’s also the off-chance that you might inadvertently fix a glitch by removing a corrupted file in while clearing the cache.

Clearing Cache on Samsung Phones

With the importance of clearing out your cache data established, you may wonder if there is a quick, easy way to clear out the cache from all your apps at once. Well, if you’re one of those people I mentioned in the intro who hangs onto your phone for a while, you might be in luck. Some older versions of Android phones allow you to clear out unused files system-wide. Newer models, however, are missing this feature. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

If you are experiencing performance issues, one app is typically the culprit. And there can be benefits to saving cache on certain apps. Twitter, for example, will remember where you last stopped scrolling, thanks to cache data. In other apps like Reddit, purple links turn blue when you clear the cache, eliminating the tool that lets you know what you’ve already clicked on. So, newer models forcing you to delete the cache from apps individually could have some benefits. 

Internet Cache on Samsung Phones

So far we’ve only talked about clearing the cache data from your apps, but there is one app in particular that could be bogging down your phone’s performance, and that is your web browser. Whether you use Samsung Internet, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or any other browser, as you surf, your net browser is accumulating data like cache, cookies, and browser history. If you only revisit a handful of the same websites, this may not be an issue. But if you are like most people who use their web browser for everything from shopping to news, to random errands like looking for an affordable mechanic in your area, you should start here.

Clearing the Cache on Samsung Phones: Conclusion

There may be some debate about whether clearing out the cache from your phone is a good habit to get into. On one hand, those cache data files can speed up the loading process on an individual app. On the other hand, unnecessary clutter slows down your phone’s overall performance. This will probably have to be a judgment call on your part. Are there apps you don’t use often with cache data cluttering up your storage? It may be time for some spring cleaning. But also, it may not be in your best interest to become a neat freak, cleaning out the cache obsessively. As in all things, moderation and balance are key.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Samsung the only brand of phone that requires cleaning its cache?

No. Most electronic devices that contain a hard drive, including tablets, laptops, and desktops, require maintenance from time to time, including clearing their cache. Cache data is a fairly universal feature of electronics that use a CPU.

How often should I clear out my phone's cache?

It varies depending on the usage of your phone, both in total time used and the variety of apps. But a good general rule of thumb is once a month or every two months. You could do it more frequently on an individual app if you know you don’t use the app very much.

Is cache ever a good thing?

Absolutely! Cache data was designed to make revisiting websites and apps smoother. Storing frequently accessed data makes your load times faster. If there are certain apps you use frequently, you may want to consider holding off on clearing the cache. That being said, it’s good to keep in mind that cache data was also designed to be temporary. If it’s bogging down your phone’s overall performance, don’t get too attached.

Can I clear the cache from all my apps at once?

It’s possible if you have an older Samsung phone, as some of the earlier models contained this feature. Newer models, however, require the user to delete the cache from apps individually. This isn’t really a negative, though, as it allows more customizability of the user’s experience and habits. If you use one app only on special occasions, you can delete the cache without much worry while hanging onto the valuable data from the app you use daily.

Do I need to clear the cache from my internet browser?

Absolutely! This may be one of the most important apps to clear the cache from because there’s a good chance you will only visit most of those websites once (especially on your phone). Are you going to revisit that foodie blog again after you’ve cooked the recipe you were looking for? Probably not. Might as well toss the cache.

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