Smartphones are coming these days with ever larger memories – up to 512 GB are on board with expensive flagship models. But anyone who owns a cheap cell phone and has not inserted a memory card will quickly reach the limits of storage capacity even in 2021. There are simple ways to free up additional memory – the simplest is probably the cache.
But many users don’t seem to be familiar with this simple option. Indeed, a recent survey by the US technology portal showed Android Authority: Almost half of the respondents have never used this option to free up phone memory. We will show you how to clear the cache of your apps with just a few clicks and what is behind this word.
Empty the cache: it’s that easy
Basically, caching is a useful technology – apps use it to store data in the background that is accessed frequently, e.g. websites. This means that this data does not have to be downloaded again every time. However, a large amount of data accumulates on the smartphone over time. Browser apps such as Chrome or Opera as well as social media are particularly affected and often have caches of several GB in size. If you delete these from time to time, a lot of storage space is free.
To clear the cache of an app, go to its information page in the settings. There you will find an entry showing how much storage space the app is using. Click on this. You will then see how big the cache is and can clear it with one click.
If this is too cumbersome for you, you can also use a one-click solution. Many Android manufacturers supply an optimization app for their devices, and there is often a cache cleaner as well. Use this to clear the cache of all installed apps.
Alternatively, you can use third-party app solutions. One of the most popular cleaner apps is SD Maid – the free Android app comes without advertisements and with various practical features. You can use it to track down and delete unused system files or use the paid app cleaner to check each individual app for unused files.