Difference of Clear Cache and Clear Data in Android

Clear Cache and Clear Data

A new email was sent to us via The Droid Guy Mailbag. The message reads, “What is the difference between Clear Cache and Clear Data?”

The two are often used to solve various bugs troubling Android phone users. However, most people tend to interchange these two probably due to a slight confusion between the two terms.

Clear Cache and Clear Data Difference

Usually when apps display erratic behavior, the first thing that must be done is to clear its cache. This is a more effective way to fix various bugs and is safer than forcing close an app. This can easily be accessed using the following steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Proceed to Applications.
  • Select Manage Applications.
  • Tap the All tab.
  • Choose the name of the app that has been going rogue.
  • From there, you will see the Clear Cache button.

Clear Cache clears out the temporary files of an app that are possibly causing its erratic behavior. It is very safe to do since it retains your app settings.

If clearing the cache fails to solve the problem that you are encountering in an application, the next thing that you have to consider is to clear the data of your app. Accessing the Clear Data button involves steps similar to finding the Clear Cache button.

Although clearing the data is more effective than simply clearing the cache, it has a huge trade off. Doing this will set your app to its default settings or to its original state like when you first installed it. Its effect is similar to uninstalling and reinstalling the app cleanly. So, make sure that you do the earlier solution before proceeding to clear your app data.

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7 thoughts on “Difference of Clear Cache and Clear Data in Android”

  1. I am sorry and feel stupid for emailing you. I have read and reread the information on clearing cache and other app. I still don’t understand what it does if I do clear it. My phone is very sluggish, and more. I am afraid of losing my pictures. My pictures when I delete, will be back that evening and they will be double or triple. I don’t know what to do. No one knows why it does that. That’s why I have decided to clear my data and cache, but I don’t know how or which one. I am 67 and not smart. Thank you

  2. Facebook just updated messenger, first you would start typing a few words, then it would all disappear and go back to the app page but now it shows a box and the box says unfortunately messenger has stopped, report or OK! I have reported several times and sent the pic of the box, but still the same! I did the help and said go to Google and update so went and it is the new one and said open, but the same box came up on it too and I sent them that pic from Google and still nothing! Any ides of what else to do and was wondering if I clear the cha he, will I lose my messages as I have sent pics in messenger to my daughter? Thanks and God bless!

  3. clearing cache will not delete text messages, but clearing data will delete your text messages, so be sure to backup your entire phone before you clear any data.

  4. I have an LG 3G and my text message has a different time and
    now I can’t see my text to people but they can see mine when they text me back
    I see there text on front screen but when I go to get there text it’s not there
    so I can’t see my text to them or there’s to mine can you help

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