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Google Pixel 3 – How to Clear Chrome and App Cache

Posted by Arch on January 25, 2019

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL feature some powerful hardware. Pair this with a native Google experience, stripped from the gimmicks of some Android phones, and what you get is some impressive performance.

Still, this doesn’t mean your Pixel 3 will run smoothly forever. A mistake that users often make is relying on the phone’s hardware to ensure great experience without taking care of the software. Even the most powerful of phones will begin to lag at some point if this is the case.

Clearing app cache is a great way of ensuring that your Pixel 3 retains its snappy feedback time and free up some storage space while you’re at it.

Clearing Chrome Cache

Chrome is well-known in the tech community as a RAM-eating monster browser. This doesn’t just apply to the desktop version but the app as well. Over time, you might notice that browsing becomes slower and slower.

When this happens, it’s a telltale sign that it’s time to clear the browser of clutter. This process is the same on the Pixel 3 as all other Android phones, as long as they have the latest version of Chrome. Here’s what to do:

  1. Swipe up to access your apps and open Chrome.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, tap the three-dot icon and go to Settings.
  3. Under Advanced, select Privacy.
  4. Tap Clear browsing data.
  5. Check the Cache box, along with all other data that you want to remove.
  6. Tap Clear data to finish.

Immediately upon doing this, you should notice that Chrome runs much more smoothly. Make sure to do this regularly to keep it that way.

Clearing App Cache

There are two ways to clear app cache on the Pixel 3. The first and easier method involves doing everything from the Settings menu. Here’s how:

  1. Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear icon to access the Settings menu.
  2. Go to Apps & Notifications > See all apps.
  3. Navigate to an app.
  4. Tap Storage, then go to Clear Cache.

You can do this for every app that you want to manually clear the cache. However, there’s a more convenient solution. As you might know, Android comes with multiple partitions, including one for cache. Wiping the cache partition would remove the cache from all your apps. Here’s how:

  1. Turn off your Pixel 3.
  2. Press and hold Volume Down + Power buttons for a few seconds.
  3. When Smart Menu appears, release the buttons.
  4. Use the Volume buttons to navigate to the Recovery Mode, then press the Power button to access it.
  5. If the ‘No Command’ screen appears, press and hold the Volume Up and Power
  6. Once in recovery mode, choose Wipe Cache Partition.
  7. Exit recovery mode.

The Final Word

If it’s only your browsing experience that’s taking a hit, clearing Chrome cache might be enough. If your Pixel 3 is lagging due to a few massive apps, clearing the app cache might do the trick. Finally, if you want your phone to be as fast as it should, wiping the entire cache partition might just do the job.

If you have any other performance-related questions about the Pixel 3, feel free to bring them up in the comments below.

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