Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – How to Clear Chrome and App Cache
Why would you need to clear cache data from your phone?
The Galaxy Note 8, like any other smartphone, relies on caches in order to speed up repeating processes. Your browser apps store data from previously visited websites to allow faster access the next time you visit. But other apps have caches too. Pulling data from the cache instead of downloading it every time is faster and the method is also used on tablets, PCs, and other devices with internet access.
But downloading and storing too much data eventually leads to a very common issue – slowing down performance. It’s a bit ironic that something that’s supposed to help speed up various processes is also the thing that slows down the phone’s performance.
Emptying Your App Cache
Performance problems only happen when cached data isn’t properly managed. A cleanup of your app cache and browser cache in particular is something you should do on a regular basis. This doesn’t result in any loss of your personal information, and it also doesn’t hinder app performance in any way. This is the easiest way to try and boost the phone’s performance:
- Go to Settings
- Tap Device Maintenance
- Tap Storage
- Scroll down and tap Clean Now
This removes the caches from past and present apps on your phone.
Emptying a Single App’s Cache
Sometimes, all of your phone’s performance issues come down to just one app. Clearing the data of a single app is helpful if you’ve noticed that particular glitches happen every time you run it.
To clear an app’s cache data, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Select Apps
- Tap Dropdown icon to select all apps
- Find and highlight the app you want
- Tap Storage
- Select Clear Cache
Deleting Chrome Cached Data
Chrome is the most popular browser on Android smartphones, and it can develop glitches if you don’t delete the cache data regularly.
Here’s how you can do that:
- Select the Apps menu
- Select Chrome
- Tap the three dots menu icon
- Select History
- Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap Clear Browsing Data
- Select what type of data you want to delete (browsing history, cookies, cached files, etc.)
- Tap Clear
This should also help speed up your browsing experience. Your saved passwords and preferences won’t get deleted.
A Final Thought
Exercise care when attempting to delete app cached data. When trying to improve the performance of individual apps, you can choose between deleting cached data and deleting app data. The latter option removes personal information such as autofill data which may inconvenience you later.
Clearing the cache is important and it is an operation you should perform periodically. If you’re a fan of downloading all the latest apps and then forgetting about them, eventually your browsing experience and your phone’s overall performance will drop. Emptying some of this non-essential data is a quick and simple fix for storage constraints as well as performance issues.