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How to Clear Twitter Cache in 5 Steps

The Twitter app doesn’t take up much space on your smartphone. However, sometimes cached data builds up, and it’s time to clean it out. Cached data are temporary files that developers use to help Twitter load faster. It also includes files that help developers troubleshoot and track your online activity. However, it is good to clear your Twitter cache occasionally.

Typically, your Twitter cache contains minute sizes of data that won’t cause any problems. However, sometimes, it can cause problems. Follow the steps below to clear your Twitter cache and refresh the Twitter app.

Things to Know Before You Clear the Twitter Cache

Before you follow the steps below, we’d like to take a moment to review some things about clearing your Twitter cache.

To start, there’s no need to worry that you’ll lose any important data. As long as you follow our steps below exactly as written, you won’t lose your profile, login information, media, or any other valuable data. Clearing the Twitter cache simply means you’re removing small bits of information that aren’t necessary.

Next, if your Twitter app is running slow, taking more memory on your smartphone, or you recently experienced a security breach, it’s a good idea to clear the Twitter cache. While the cache stores files to make the app run faster, too many files can have the opposite effect.

Now that we know more about your Twitter cache, we can get to work clearing it. Follow the steps below to clear your Twitter cache in the Twitter app or on your iOS or Android device.

How to Clear Twitter Cache in Twitter App

In this section, we’ll show you how to clear the excess GIFs and media files in your Twitter app. Over time, these files can build up and make Twitter run slower or even cause errors.

Follow these steps to clear the Twitter cache:

Step 1: Tap the Settings

Open Twitter and tap on your Profile icon in the upper left corner.

Then, select Settings and Support. In the new drop-down menu, tap Settings and privacy.

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Settings and privacy is located toward the bottom of your screen under Settings and Support.

Step 2: Tap Accessibility, Display, and Languages

This new menu offers a lot of options. Near the bottom, you’ll see one that says Accessibility, display, and languages. Tap that option to move forward.

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Accessibility, display, and languages is located near the bottom of your Settings screen.

Step 3: Tap Data Usage

At the bottom of this list, tap the Data Usage option.

Helpful Hint: The Data Usage options apply to your Twitter account. The proceeding steps will clear your Twitter cache on your account, including any web browsers or other Twitter apps you use.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap Data Usage.

Step 4: Tap Media Storage

Now, tap Media Storage in the list.

Helpful Hint: You will see how many megabytes of data are stored in your Twitter cache for media and web storage just below that.

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Media storage is located under Storage options near the bottom of your screen.

Step 5: Clear Media Storage

Now, tap the Clear media storage option. Then, confirm by tapping Clear media storage again.

While this won’t remove any GIFs, images, videos, or other media files from your Twitter posts, it does mean Twitter will need to load it all again. Ultimately, you won’t lose anything, but it may take Twitter longer than usual to load these files.

Helpful Hint: You can also clear Web storage following these steps. But that means you will need to log back into your Twitter account.

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Clearing your media storage will not remove your GIFs, images, or files, but Twitter will need to re-load these files.

How to Clear Twitter Cache Android

Clearing an app’s cache on your Android will clear up space without deleting anything important. When applications on your Android get updated, the cache can become quite large. Typically, these files are stored in the Other section of your storage summary.

If you’re running low on storage or your Android is running slower than usual, clear app storage before removing anything you really need. Here’s how to clear the Twitter cache on Android:

Step 1: Tap Settings

Pull down from the top of your screen to reveal the Settings cog in the upper right corner. Then, tap it.

Helpful Hint: You can also tap the Settings app from your Android’s app drawer.

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Pull down from the top of your screen to access the Settings icon in the upper right corner.

Step 2: Tap Apps

Scroll down the list of options on the Settings page and tap Apps.

Helpful Hint: Some models and versions may say Applications or some other version of the term. If you can’t find the Apps option, use the search icon at the top and search for applications.

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The Apps icon is blue with four white dots.

Step 3: Tap on Twitter

Now, you will see a summary of all the apps on your Android device. These apps are typically in alphabetical order. Scroll down to the Ts and select Twitter.

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Scroll down the alphabetical list until you see the Twitter logo.

Step 4: Tap Storage

Scroll down the list until you see the Storage option. Then, tap it.

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Storage is located near the bottom of the App info screen.

Step 5: Tap Clear Cache

Now, you’ll see several options. Rather than tapping on Cache, look at the bottom of the Storage window. Tap Clear Cache to delete the Twitter app’s cached data on your Android.

Helpful Hint: You can follow these steps for every app on your Android device. This is particularly useful if you have an excess amount of information in the Other section of your device’s memory. Over time, your phone stores cached data from every application and update.

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The Clear cache option is at the bottom right-hand corner of the Storage screen.

How to Clear Twitter Cache iOS

Most users are aware that iOS devices don’t give us the option to clear the cache directly. Your only options are to delete and reinstall the Twitter app or offload the app’s data. While the former will clear the app’s cached data, it will also remove your login information too.

We recommend offloading the Twitter app to clear the cache. You won’t lose any important information like your login information, but offloading the data does clear the cache and put the app to sleep.

After following the steps below, you will need to tap Reinstall Twitter after offloading the data, but you don’t need to go to the App Store to do it. Here’s how to offload the Twitter app on your iPhone or iPad:

Step 1: Open Settings

Open the Settings on your iPhone by tapping the Settings app.

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Settings on iPhone can be accessed via the grey gear icon.

Step 2: Tap General

Near the top of the page, but in the third section, you’ll see the General option. Tap it to access your iPhone’s storage settings.

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General settings is a grey gear icon at the top of the third set of settings.

Step 3: Tap iPhone Storage

Tap iPhone Storage on the list to move forward.

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You will find iPhone storage about halfway down your General settings screen.

Step 4: Tap Twitter

Scroll through the apps and tap Twitter.

Helpful Hint: These apps appear by file size. If you don’t see Twitter at the top, tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner and type Twitter.

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If you don’t see the Twitter icon, click on the magnifying glass on the top right to do a search.

Step 5: Tap Offload Storage

Now, tap the Offload App option and confirm at the bottom of the page.

Finally, tap Reinstall Twitter to bring the app and all its login information back without any cached data.

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Click Offload App to free up storage, then Reinstall App to get your Twitter documents and data back.

For a visual guide to these steps check out the video below which walks you through the process.

Clean Up, Clean Up

Clearing the Twitter cache is a simple and necessary task. You can clear the platform’s cache in the app or on a web browser. However, if the app is taking up too much space on your Android or iOS device, you should follow the steps in the last two sections of our tutorial.

Whether you’ve had a data breach or you’re experiencing errors, clearing the Twitter cache is a great way to ensure you don’t have the problem again. Fortunately, you can clear the cache without losing any important documents, images, GIFs, or even profile information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my drafts if I clear my Twitter cache?

Your Twitter drafts, much like Instagram and TikTok drafts, are stored in the cached data. If you clear your Twitter cache, you will lose all your drafts. So, it’s best to screenshot, copy, or Tweet drafts before clearing your cache.

You can also lose your Twitter drafts if you uninstall the app or log out of your account. If you have important drafts, it’s best to save them before making any changes to your Twitter app or account.

Can I see what's in my Twitter cache?

Unfortunately, no. While you can request all your Twitter data (including what Twitter collects from your account), you can’t open the cache like a normal file and peek inside.

However, if you have a privacy concern, you can reach out to Twitter using this link. Fill out the form, and Twitter will respond.

Can I set my Twitter cache to clear automatically?

No. You must clear your Twitter cache manually.

What is the difference between media and web storage on Twitter?

iOS users will notice two options: Media Storage and Web Storage. Both options house cached data. The Media Storage option contains any GIFs, images, or media you use on Twitter. On the other hand, web storage stores web information like cookies and login data.

You can clear both if you need storage on your iPhone or iPad, but expect Twitter to run a tad bit slower, and you may need to log into your account again.

How do I know how much data is stored in my Twitter cache?

If you want to see how much information is stored in your Twitter cache, you can use any of the methods above.

Twitter will show you how many megabytes of information is cached in the storage option. Android and iOS users can see how much cached data is stored by following the steps above and looking at the megabytes listed.

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