Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge – How to Clear Chrome and App Cache
There are more than a few reasons you may want to remove cached data from your phone. Apart from simply freeing up some storage space, you could also use this method to improve your phone’s overall performance, boost charging speed, fix restart issues, and a whole lot more.
Cleaning your phone periodically is never a bad idea. And, in some cases, it could prevent software glitches. It’s better to be prepared than waste time reading tutorials on how to fix problems after they occur.
Clearing Chrome Cache
You can clear the Chrome cache by simply opening the browser on your phone and using the menu:
- Open Chrome
- Tap Settings icon
- Tap History
- Select the information you want to delete. You can delete the browsing history, cache, cookies and site data, and more.
- Tap Delete or Clear
Clearing App Cache
You can clear cached data from your apps in more than one way.
1. Clearing the storage cache
This method can be done with or without running the S6 in Safe Mode.
- Go to Apps on your Home Screen
- Tap Settings
- Tap Storage
- Select the “Cached data” option
- Tap Delete and confirm
This removes non-essential information from all apps installed on your S6. It will not remove personal information such as login credentials.
2. Using the Android System Recovery Menu
This is a much more efficient option when already facing battery drain, software glitches, and various other bugs.
- Turn off your phone
- Press and hold the Power, Volume Up, and Home buttons
- Wait or the Android logo to appear and release the buttons
- Highlight and select the “wipe cache partition” option
- Wait for the formatting to be complete and reboot the phone
Some apps may be left out if you’re using the first method. This ensures that the entire app partition is wiped clear.
3. Clearing Individual App caches
Maybe you don’t need to clear the cache partition. If there are only a handful of apps that are causing trouble, here’s what you can do:
- Go to Apps
- Select Settings
- Tap App Manager
- Locate and select the desired app
- Select the entry you want to delete
- Tap “Clear Cache”
You can also use this method to clear your Chrome cache if the app is glitching and you can’t open it.
Wiping Cached Data vs. Data
The methods described in this article up to this point will delete cached information, which gets downloaded again when you start using the apps. Login credentials, autofill options, and any other personal or contact information will remain intact.
If you want to delete all saved information, select a different option from the Android System Recovery menu – “wipe data/factory reset”. This will remove all personal information, including any customizations you have made on the phone. It will also uninstall all third-party apps and traces of them from the phone.
A Final Word
A periodical wipe of non-essential cached information is recommended on any smartphone. It keeps things running smoothly and it can also help fix some minor software issues.
In the case of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, keeping the cache clean is especially important, as Samsung has stopped providing software support for these models.