How to Clear Cache and Data on Waze
One of the reasons why so many users love Waze is that it’s fast and very responsive. And that’s precisely what you’d expect and want from a traffic navigation app.
But even Waze will experience a bug or two from time to time. When that happens, one of the first actions should be to clear cache and data from the app.
The process will be different depending on whether you have an Android or iOS device. In this article, we’ll tell you how to clear cache and data on both OS and what types of problems could be eliminated.
How Clearing Cache and Data Helps with Waze
Now that you know how to clear the data and cache for each operating system, let’s take a closer look at when you might need to do this. Here are a few issues you could be experiencing with your Waze app where clearing cache, as well as data, can be helpful:
- Wireless connection issues.
- Waze Bluetooth issues.
- When the “No GPS-Showing Approximate Location” message appears.
- Issues with the sound on the Waze app.
- Traffic reports are not showing on Waze.
Clearing Waze Cache and Data on Android
If you’re navigating your way around with Waze on an Android device, then clearing cache and data is going to be pretty straightforward. The operating system allows you to access each app in your phone separately and clean cache and data.
Most of Android smartphones also come with pre-installed “cleaner” apps that can help with this. Here’s how to clear cache and data for the Waze app on your Android:
- Find Settings on your device. This can be done by pulling down the notification bar.
- Select “Apps & notifications” or “Applications” depending on which device you have.
- Scroll until you find Waze.
- Tap on Waze and select “App Info.”
- Select “Storage.”
- Tap on “Clear Cache” and “Clear Data” options.
Depending on the device’s model, some steps might look a little bit different than described above.
It’s also important to remember that even if your device has a cleaner app, it’s only going to clear the cache memory, not data. And if you choose to clear data for your Waze app, you’re going to lose individual settings.
Clearing Cache and Data on iOS
When you want to clear cache and data on your iPhone, you can do that easily with integrated apps such as Safari.
However, with third-party apps like Waze, it’s not as simple as it is on Android devices. One of the first things to try is to restart your iPhone if you’re experiencing Waze issues.
Often, that takes care of many issues you might be having with any third-party app because restarting clears the cache memory. But if that doesn’t work, you have two other options.
Option 1 – Uninstall and Reinstall Waze
The best way to clear all the cache and data accumulated with Waze is to delete the app and install it again.
While it might seem like a hassle, with a stable internet connection it can be done in almost no time. Just follow these steps:
- Go to your iPhone’s settings and then tap on “General.”
- Select “iPhone Storage” and scroll through the list of apps.
- Select Waze, scroll down and select the “Delete app” option.
- Hit the “Delete app” option again to confirm the action.
- Go to the App Store and download the Waze app again.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to sign in your account.
The newly reinstalled Waze app should be working more efficiently now.
Option 2 – Install a Cleaner App
There are many free and paid apps in the App Store that can help you manage your iPhone’s storage. That includes clearing your cache memory as well.
One of the more popular and secure options is the Smart Cleaner app. It can help you clear Waze cache as well as that of other apps. But for clearing app data, you’ll need to reinstall the app.
Keep the Waze App Running Smoothly
To get the most out of any app, you need to ensure that it’s working correctly. This includes always having the latest update installed, and occasionally clearing cache and data. The same applies to the Waze app. It’s better not to wait for a problem to arise before you act on it.
How often do you clear cache and data on Waze? Let us know in the comments section below.