How To Clear Cache on Xbox One

When it comes to basically any electronic device that’s even tangentially related to a computer, occasionally you’ll need to clear things out. The same applies if you’re an Xbox One owner.  What do we mean?  Your hard drive in the Xbox One may become filled with unnecessary items, and those items take up space and resources needed to keep things running quickly and smoothly. Just as clutter can build up in an old office, clutter can build up in your data, too.

The first thing to try if you’ve noticed longer load times or loss of pep on your Xbox One is doing a reset.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a difficult task.  It’s quite easy, so you shouldn’t lose anything in the process.

Let’s have a look at ways to clear the Cache on your Xbox One.

Hard Reset Your Xbox One

You may want to do a hard reset on your Xbox One if you’ve recently updated or had a power outage and things are getting hung up.  Maybe a game is stuck on a load screen or you’re having login issues.

  • Hold the power button down on your Xbox One Console for 10 seconds while it’s on.
  • Then, your Xbox One shuts down.
  • When it’s completely powered down, just tap the power button again and your Xbox One console turns back on.

After the reset, your files and data remain intact, but the cache has been cleared. You’ve most likely done this tons of times yourself already without even knowing that was what you were doing.

Unplug Your Xbox One

Another way you can clear the cache and reset your power supply on your Xbox One is to unplug it.

  • Power down your Xbox One console with either the power button on the front of the console or with your Xbox One controller. You can hold the button that looks like the Xbox logo, in roughly the top middle of the controller, if you decide to go that route.
  • Unplug the power cord from your Xbox one for at least 10 seconds. It’s important to follow the 10-second rule so the power supply also gets reset along with your Xbox One console.
  • After waiting for 10 seconds, re-plug the power cable into the back of your Xbox One.
  • Then, restart your Xbox One with the power button on the front of the console or with your Xbox One controller.

So, now you’ve reset the power supply on your Xbox One and cleared out the cache also.

Use Your Xbox One Controller

To restart your Xbox One with your controller all you should do is;

  • Press the logo button on your Xbox One controller, then use the left stick to go down to settings, which is the gear icon at the bottom left of your screen.
  • Next, select ‘settings’ with the A button on your Xbox One controller.
  • Use the left stick on your controller again to go down to ‘restart console’ and press the A button again to choose it.
  • Move your controller’s left stick to highlight ‘Restart’ and press the A button. Your Xbox One console will reboot once you’ve done that.
  • The green Xbox One screen with the white Logo will appear when your console restarts.  It’ll take a few seconds and you’ll then get logged back into your Xbox One, and you’ll land on the home screen on your console.

So, you’re now able to reset your Xbox One console and clear its cache.  You’re also able to reset the power supply attached to your Xbox One, as well.

This is very helpful if your Xbox One is starting to lag on game load screens or otherwise.  It’s also a good way to dispose of all the items such as files and data stored in your Xbox One’s cache to regain some resources and get better performance out of your console.

4 thoughts on “How To Clear Cache on Xbox One”

Avatar mario says:
I downloaded a few files(videos), with microsoft edge on my xbox one and i don´t how to delete them.
Avatar Dave Cherry says:
NEW Skyrim blank screen on initial loading of any saved game. This is new (5/24/19) and it is very similar to the other ‘blank screen issue’ from about a year ago.

I have cleared the cache of the game by having the X unplugged for over a minute, same issue. Good job Bethesda. Skyrim is the only game out of 100s that this issue has every occurred on.

Avatar Luke Normand says:
Bought $50.00 VC and when 100% of downloading, it stays loading! This is on NBA 2 K 19. Please advise!!!!
Avatar Michael Proctor says:
I don’t have any issues with getting stuck on a load screen nor any login issues, but I do have a problem with Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox One S. I did have an update to the console before I started playing the game so I will try the hard reset and see if that fixes my problem which is….whenever I start a mission in the game like Spare The Rod – Spoil The Bandit things start off fine you get to your first checkpoint and the game gives you a rifle. You continue to ride west and the game just freezes and you and your horse start to sink into the ground. At this point you cannot even bring up the menu to try and reload your last checkpoint. All you can do is pop the disc out. It happened to me at least 5 times in a row before I gave up. I even restarted the game in another file and it still happened. I hope the reset solves it. I’ll also try the disc in a 360 console and see if the same thing happens.

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