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How To Clear Cache On Google Pixel And Pixel XL

For Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners, many of the Android problems that you may face can easily be solved using two different troubleshooting solutions that only take a few minutes to complete. The best way to fix any bugs or other software problems on your Pixel or Pixel XL is to either complete a factory reset or to wipe the cache.
The best reason to clear the cache on a Google Pixel or Pixel XL is when the smartphone has some delays, glitches, or freezes, or if it seems as if the battery is being drained too quickly. The following is a guide on how to clear the Pixel and Pixel XL cache.

What is the cache and what does it do?
First, it’s important to to know what the cache is and why you should clear it on your Pixel smartphone. The Google Pixel or Pixel XL has two different types of caches. The first is the app cache and the other is the system cache. All the apps on the Pixel or Pixel XL has its own cache installed on the app. This cache allows for temporary data to be stored for better performance when switching between apps. While the system cache on the Pixel or Pixel XL does the same thing, but for the Android software instead of each individual app. In layman’s terms, the app cache stores data for apps, and the system cache stores data for the system itself. That’s why when there are issues with apps crashing or freezing, it’s best to clear the system cache, clearing out this temporary data to help fix this issue.

How to clear the app cache on the Google Pixel or Pixel XL
For problems that are just happening on a specific app, it’s best to first try to clear the app cache. You can clear the app cache with these instructions:

  1. First, turn on your Pixel or Pixel XL
  2. Go to Settings > App Manager
  3. Select the problematic app you want to clear the cache for
  4. After you’ve selected the app, look for the app info screen
  5. Select the option that reads Clear Cache
  6. To clear the app cache for all apps, go to Settings > Storage
  7. Select Cached Data to clear all app caches simultaneously

Don’t select Clear Data unless you want to lose all the information that app stores, like your user name, passwords, game progress, preferences, settings, and so on. So make sure you’re certain which app or apps are causing problems before clearing the app cache.

What to do when clearing the app cache doesn’t help
After you have cleared the cache of individual apps and the Pixel or Pixel XL problem is still happening, the next best option is to uninstall the app and reboot the device. It’s important to note that before you reset the Pixel or Pixel XL, you should back up all data to prevent anything from being lost during the reboot process. After rebooting the Pixel or Pixel XL, if the problem is still happening then it’s suggested that you perform a system cache wipe, also known as clearing the cache partition on the Pixel or Pixel XL.

How to clear the system cache on the Google Pixel or Pixel XL:

  1. Turn the Pixel or Pixel XL off
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up, Power and Home buttons at the same time for a few seconds, until the Android logo shows up and the phone vibrates
  3. Then let go of the Power button and continue to hold the Volume Up and Home buttons
  4. Use the volume buttons to scroll down to highlight Wipe Cache Partition
  5. Press the Power button
  6. Scroll down to Yes and press the Power button
  7. Scroll to Reboot System Now and press Power
  8. Your Pixel or Pixel XL will reboot with a cleared system cache

It sounds a little more involved than it really is. While clearing the system cache will get rid of cluttered or outdated data, you won’t lose any personal info or settings. It’s frequently recommended that you clear the system cache after you install a system update.

If the problems persist, the next stage is to factory reset the Pixel or Pixel XL

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