What Is Clear Cache for Android Tablet?

by Danielle Fernandez

Any time you use your Android tablet -- to play a game, for example, surf the Web or install an app -- the device stores a small amount of information that helps facilitate quicker access to frequently used data. This cache of temporary files consumes valuable memory space, however, and can cause the device to become glitchy. Regularly clearing the various cache histories on your Android tablet can help free up space and improve the device's performance.

Clear the Browser Cache

Your browser stores a version of each Web page you visit so it doesn't have to reload the information every time you return. You may find, however, that frequently updated sites are displayed in an outdated version. Clear the cache -- a process that varies depending upon which browser you use -- to force the device to save a new version of the sites you visit. In the standard Android browser, press "Menu," select "History," then press "Menu" again and tap "Clear History." In the Chrome browser, press "Menu," tap "History" and then tap "Clear Browsing Data."

Clear the App Market History

When you use the Google Play Store, it maintains a history of your past searches so you have instant access to them later. While this history is helpful for locating an app you may have avoided installing previously, it also displays your past searches to other device users. Clear this out to maintain privacy. First, launch the Google Play Store app and press "Menu," then tap "Settings" and "Clear Search History."

Clear the App Cache

App cache files improve the way applications work on your Android tablet. They can, for example, encourage faster loading, store your scores and current level, plus track your progress on your favorite social network. Unfortunately, the cache information can also cause the app to become laggy. To clear the cache of an individual application, swipe downward on the Notification bar and tap the "Settings" gear icon. Tap "More" and select "Application Data," then tap the application you wish to manage. Select "Clear Cache" from there.

Clear an Individual App's Cache

Some Android devices allow you to clear the app cache files from all of your installed applications simultaneously. If you are presented with a storage space error or find that all of your apps are laggy, this may present an effective solution. Swipe downward on your Notification bar and tap the gear icon, then tap "More." Select "Storage" and look to see if you have a "Cached Data" section available. If so, tap on it and authorize the device to complete the process of clearing all of your app cache files at once.

Third-Party App Solutions

If you do not have the "Cached Files" section available in your Storage settings, you can implement a third-party app to do it for you. Both the History Eraser and App Cache Cleaner applications clear all of your app cache files with one tap. The 1-Click Cleaner app takes it even further -- in addition to giving you one-tap access to clearing your device's various caches, this utility also performs regular maintenance and upkeep so you can be sure your system stays clean.

About the Author

Based in Tampa, Fla., Danielle Fernandez been writing, editing and illustrating all things technology, lifestyle and education since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Working Mother magazine, and a variety of technical publications, including BICSI's "Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual." Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Florida.

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