How To Clear the Cache on an Amazon Fire Stick
The Amazon Fire Stick is an incredibly useful device that allows you to stream nearly any service. From streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu to live services like Sling or DirecTV Now, your Fire Stick gives you access to thousands of apps and games—and that’s all in addition to Amazon’s own streaming service and movie store. As a smart box that plugs into the back of your television, it helps to make a traditional television smart—or, if your smart television is outdated, helps to bring new apps and improved browsing speed to older hardware. If the only thing wrong with your television is the speed of the included apps, the Fire Stick can help you save hundreds of dollars over shelling out for a new panel.
Of course, just like your older smart television, you’ve probably noticed your Fire Stick gets slower the more you use it. If you’ve been the proud owner of a Fire Stick for years now, you might want to clear the cache on your device to help speed it back up—especially if you use apps like Kodi. Here’s how to do it.
What is Cache Memory?
Cache memory is the dedicated space where a device will store all sorts of functions that are repeatedly used in an application. This storage allows an app to start-up faster and go through its processes more quickly. For example, if you visited a website often in Google Chrome, the browser will store frequently used information so that loading it is faster each time. The cache is similar to traditional, main memory, but it’s designed for lighter, more rapid processes.
As you can imagine, a myriad of applications storing different data will eventually slow down your device. It’s a little ironic, considering the purpose of the cache memory is to keep things moving efficiently. This is why it’s essential to maintain the cache for different software. Some apps use way more cache space than others, so check the ones you use most frequently first. The more data an app processes, the more likely it is to have high cache memory.
Clearing Your Cache through Settings
If you’re having issues with a specific app, here’s the good news: clearing cache on the Fire Stick is really easy. Start up your Fire Stick and head to the main menu. Once there, go to “Settings” and then “Manage All Installed Applications.”
Pick an application to see information like file size, data storage, and cache size. Go down to “Clear cache” to delete all of the temporary files. A short time will pass as it erases the cache, though the exact time will vary depending on how large the app’s cache is. Rinse and repeat through as many apps as you’d like.
How to Clear Cache on Kodi
That’s all well and good, but typically, Fire Sticks only slow down when you’ve installed unofficial apps on your device like Kodi. So, if you’re running a Fire Stick you’ve tricked out with all sorts of apps and other add-ons, here’s how to take care of your device.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is software that allows users to stream nearly any piece of content they would like, in virtually any format they can think of. This includes photos, videos, music, and more. As free software, some users install Kodi to circumvent the barriers on the traditional Firestick. However, some of this content is associated with pirated material, which is frowned upon by most media companies, as I’m sure you’re aware of. Because of this, Amazon is consistently updating their device to prevent the usage of Kodi.
Yet, users still find a way around this and install Kodi anyway. If you’re one of those people, it’s likely that your cache is much more of an issue than a traditional Firestick user. Regardless, it’s smart to clear your cache often to keep your device in check, whether you use Kodi or not.
Clearing Cache with Kodi
Kodi is an application just like any other one, but it’s likely to have much more of a cache built up than other apps. So, follow the same process as the one up above, but be sure to choose Kodi specifically. If your device is moving slowly and you have Kodi installed, chances are it is the biggest issue.
When clearing a cache in any app, be sure not to hit “Clear data.” That option deletes the entire thing instead of just the temporary memory. Now, assuming you haven’t accidentally deleted everything, your device should run much faster, and you’ll have more space for downloading other apps.
Installing Kodi On Your Firestick
If you’re one of those users that hasn’t yet installed Kodi, this article may have intrigued you. Fortunately, even with the barriers Amazon has set up, installation isn’t too difficult.
Before doing any downloading, venture to “Settings” on your Firestick and scroll to the “Device” option. Then, select “Developer” and make sure both “ADB debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources” is turned on. Once done, go home and open the “Search” option. Search for the “Downloader” app for your Firestick and install it. Then, open the Downloader app and type in “http://kodi.tv/download” and hit enter.
The search term will open up the Kodi website, where you can download the application. Pick the Android installation of Kodi and download the latest 32-bit version. Install the downloaded file, and you now have Kodi on your device! Use it wisely, and have fun streaming all sorts of content.
Now that you know how to clear your cache, be sure to do so as frequently as possible. In fact, I’d recommend doing so at least once a week. Not only will your device run faster, but you’ll save a ton of space for downloading as many apps as you’d like. Just make sure never to hit “Clear data” by accident!
Let us know which apps you use the most on your Firestick! Do you use Kodi as well? Leave your answers in the comments below!