How to Wipe Cache Partition on Samsung Galaxy Devices Running Android 12 or Above

Wiping the cache partition is an essential maintenance task that can help improve your Samsung Galaxy device’s performance and resolve issues such as sluggishness, app crashes, and freezing.

In this article, we will take a detailed look at the process of wiping the cache partition on any Samsung Galaxy device running Android 12 or Above. We will also discuss why wiping the cache partition can be beneficial for users.

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What is the Cache Partition and Why Wiping is it Important?

The cache partition is a separate partition on your device that stores temporary files generated by the system and installed applications. Over time, these temporary files can accumulate and consume storage space, leading to reduced performance and other issues.

Wiping the cache partition can help by:

  1. Clearing up storage space: By deleting temporary files that are no longer needed, you can free up valuable storage space on your device.
  2. Boosting Performance: Clearing the cache can improve the overall speed and responsiveness of your device.
  3. Resolving app-related issues: Wiping the cache can also fix problems caused by corrupted or outdated cached data, such as app crashes and freezing.

Preparing Your Device for Wiping Cache Partition

Before you begin the process, ensure that your Samsung Galaxy device is powered off and you have a data cable connected to your laptop or PC. You’ll know PC recognizes the device as connected when the device shows the charging logo.

Step-by-Step Guide to Wipe the Cache Partition

Follow these detailed steps to wipe the cache partition on your Samsung Galaxy device running Android 12 and above:

Step 1: Power off your device

Completely power off your Samsung Galaxy device by holding the power button and selecting the “Power Off” option.

Step 2: Connect the data cable

Connect the data cable to your device and plug the other end into your laptop or PC.

Step 3: Wait for the battery symbol

Wait for the battery symbol to appear on your device screen. This indicates that the device is connected to your computer.

Step 4: Enter the Recovery Mode

Press and hold the power button and volume up button simultaneously. Release the power button when you see the Samsung Galaxy logo, but keep holding the volume up button until you enter the Recovery Mode screen.

Step 5: Navigate the Recovery Mode menu

Use the volume up and volume down buttons to navigate the Recovery Mode menu. Highlight the “Wipe cache partition” option by pressing the volume buttons.

Step 6: Confirm the selection

Press the power button to confirm your selection and begin wiping the cache partition.

Step 7: Confirm the cache wipe

The device will ask for your confirmation. Use the volume buttons to highlight the “Yes” option and press the power button to confirm.

Step 8: Reboot your device

Once the cache wipe is complete, reboot your device by selecting the “Reboot system now” option in the Recovery Mode menu and pressing the power button.

Your Samsung Galaxy device running Android 12 and above should now have a wiped cache partition, offering improved performance, more storage space, and resolved app-related issues. Remember to perform this maintenance task regularly to keep your device in optimal condition.

If you are experiencing a problem with your Samsung phone or tablet, one of the troubleshooting steps that we usually recommend is to clear the Cache Partition. This is often suggested especially if the issue occurs right after an update although you are also welcome to try it in fixing most Samsung troubles. 

If it’s your first time to hear about this potential solution, continue reading to know what a system cache is and where it’s stored. We will also show you the step-by-step instructions on how to perform the cache partition wipe below.

Why refresh the system cache?

Samsung Galaxy devices are some of the Android phones and tablets that use a cache partition to store a system cache. This cache is a set of temporary files that Android uses in order to perform tasks efficiently.

Such files are usually used often so instead of downloading them from somewhere every time they’re needed, Android stores them in a separate portion in the storage device called cache partition for faster access. If you wipe the cache partition, the system will rebuild the cache again over time.

Sometimes, a major software update or app installation may affect the system cache and cause it to become corrupted. This, in turn, can result in problems so wiping the cache partition may help. 

Steps to clear the Cache Partition on a Samsung Galaxy

Time Needed : 7 minutes

If your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet is not working properly, you can either wipe the cache partition or perform a master reset. Both of these procedures are done within Recovery Mode but each one clears a different portion or partition of the phone storage.

Unlike master reset though, cache partition wipe won’t delete your personal data so it can be done anytime without worrying to backup your files first. 

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy.

    Turn off

    This is important as your device won’t boot to Recovery Mode when it’s on. If you are unable to power down the device normally for some reason, wait for the battery to become empty.

    Afterwards, charge the device for at least 30 minutes before proceeding to the next steps below.

  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Power key.

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    If your Samsung Galaxy device has the Home button, make sure that you press and hold Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons together.

    Continue pressing and holding the buttons until the Recovery Mode screen comes up.

  3. Release the buttons.

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    Once the Android Recovery screen comes up, you can let go of the buttons.

  4. Highlight “Wipe cache partition”.

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    Use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘Wipe cache partition.’

  5. Select “Wipe cache partition”.

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    Press the Power button to select ‘Wipe cache partition.’

  6. Highlight “Yes”.

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    Use Volume Down button to highlight “Yes.”

  7. Select “Yes.

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    Press the Power button to confirm “Yes.”

  8. Allow the system to clear the cache.

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    Wait for a few moments as the system wipes the cache.

  9. Select “Reboot system now.”

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    Press the Power button to reboot the device. This will return the device to the normal interface.

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