What is the cache of an Android application and when it makes sense to delete it

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We must emphasize this: although it seems that the size occupied by some applications is exaggerated, all that saved cache is useful and, in general, necessary. It is true that can take up a lot of space (Google Chrome or Google Play Services are an example), but it also makes it easy to manage resources for the entire phone.

Each Android app occupies a portion of storage when installed. When they start working the apps generate data that they save in case they need it later: This is called as cache. The size of said cache varies according to the app, it also depends on what has been used: the longer, the larger the cache.

Which Chrome downloads a page? It stores it in case you have to access it again: this saves on mobile data and battery. And so with everything installed: the size of the cache will depend on how much the app is used and how much the information it manages occupies (Images and videos from the web can take up a lot of space in Chrome when saved, for example.) It also depends on how well optimized the software is: as those who use Facebook know, the Android app takes up an excessive amount of space.

Memory or caching speeds up the app, makes it use less battery and use less mobile data. It is best not to touch it. Almost always

Our advice is to leave the cache alone, even if the size it occupies is large: deleting it will not only make the mobile consume more, it is also a solution that does not fix anything. Because, once the application works again, will fill your cache by consuming some resources that would have been saved if you didn’t remove the space. The infinite loop.

When is it advisable to clear the cache

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We have already seen that it is not convenient to obsess over cleaning the cache: it is not only necessary for applications, but also helps the mobile consume less. In every sense. Now, there are times when it might be necessary to pass the broom.

Usage data, some settings used, user sessions and other important data that can hinder the use of the app are stored in the cache. In addition, and if the mobile has a somewhat tight storage space, clean the cache of the apps that occupy the most allows you to download new applications or even update existing ones. It is advisable to analyze the situation before deleting anything.

Let’s look at some situations where cache clearing may be necessary.

  • When an app doesn’t work properly. The Google Play store doesn’t load, Twitter does weird things, the browser suddenly closes. It’s not a magic bullet, but it can work: a cache wipe is easy, risk-free, and often avoids more complex fixes.
  • When an app refuses to update. It may happen that you try to update an application from Google Play and it throws an error warning that it could not be downloaded. Well then: delete the cache and try to update the application again.
  • When you don’t have space on your mobile to download new apps or update them. If you find yourself in this situation, try to delete the cache storage in those applications that have the most space occupied. Remember: it will only serve you for a one-time download or update, the mobile will refill the storage (and it is likely that you will run out of space sooner).
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There are usually no other situations worth clearing the cache of installed apps. If your mobile works correctly, and you have space to spare, do not worry about cleaning the cache: completely delete the apps you don’t use, that will be useful for you.

How to clear the cache of apps on Android

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Do you think a clean will do the phone good? Because it seems that the app does not work as it should or because the space reserved on the mobile is exaggerated: the process does not imply risks for your data since the only thing that is deleted are temporary files. And you can carry out the process directly on your Android and without the need for other applications.

Clearing the cache of applications does not imply risks for your data or for the phone: temporary information is deleted at all times

We do not recommend that you install the typical applications that promise to speed up your mobile, nor those that are dedicated to cleaning the phone: They tend to cause more problems than benefits.. To clear the cache follow these steps:

  • Enter the settings of your Android and go to “Applications”.
  • Find the app you want to clear the cache for.
  • Enter the “Storage” menu.
  • In this menu you will know the amount of space that the app occupies, including its cache. Click on the “Clear cache” button, confirm and you will have cleared the temporary data of the app.