clear data vs clear cache: Everything you need to know

If you are not sure whether you should clear the cache or clear data. Then, here’s what you need to know first.

So whether there is a bug, or when apps give the error “Not responding.” Or any similar problem, a simple solution we all apply is to clear the app data. But, the thing is when you are doing this, you will notice two options there that almost look similar. Clear data and Clear cache, so in this blog post, I’m going to make a clear difference between clearing cache and clear data.

Clearing data of an app means deleting every data associated with the app, including your in-game progress, login information, settings, activities, etc. It simply puts an app to its default state as such it is newly downloaded.

Clearing cache, as the name suggests only deletes temprory cache files and it’s a safe way if you want to free up some device storage without sacrificing important data. After deleting those files the data on the app remains stored, such as your login informaitons, settings, in-game progess, do not get deleted.

what are Cache files?

Cache files on android are temporary files that are created by apps and websites when you visit them. These files store information that helps the app or website load faster when you access it again in the future. For example, if you frequently visit a website, the cache files will store images and text from that website so that when you visit again, your device doesn’t have to load all of that information again. This results in faster loading times. However, cache files can take up a significant amount of storage space, which is why it’s recommended to clear them regularly.

Where are cache files stored?

Cache files on Android are typically stored in the device’s internal storage, in a folder called “cache.” This folder can be found in the root directory of the device’s storage. The cache files are created by the apps and system services running on the device, each app or service usually have its own cache directory. You can find them in the /data/data/ or data/app directory.

What does App Data means?

App data is information that’s unique to a specific app or program. This can include user preferences, settings, and any other details the app needs to run properly. Examples of this are a workout app saving your workout history, a weather app saving your location for more accurate forecasts, and a game app storing your progress.

where is app data stored?

These data are usually stored in the app’s folder>Data. Also you can find it app info>storage> App data.

Should you choose clear data or clear cache?

Both options are used for different purposes, so it depends on what you want to do.

Choose Clear data in case you want to reset an app to its default state. It’s useful when an app does not function properly so instead of unintalling you can use this option..

Choose Clear data when you want to free up some storage from your device without loosing any important data.

What happens when clearing the Cache files of an app?

Some benefits of clearing the cache include:

  • It can free up storage space on your device.
  • It can resolve issues with an app or website that is running slowly or behaving unexpectedly.
  • It can help protect your privacy by deleting any personal information that may be stored in the cache.

What happens when clearing the Data of an app?

Some reasons why you might want to clear the data of an app include:

  • You want to reset an app or website to its default state.
  • You want to delete all personal information associated with the app or website.
  • You are experiencing issues with the app or website and want to start fresh.

How to clear the Cache of an app on android

To clear the cache of an app on Android mobile, android TVs.

  1. Go to the settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the “Apps” or “Application Manager” option.
  3. Select the app for which you want to clear the cache.
  4. Tap on the “Storage” option.
  5. Tap on the “Clear Cache” button.

And choose clear data if you want to clear an app’s data.