What Is Cached Data?

The cache has bad press, despite its positive effects. You never really know what it's used for and, badly managed or often engorged, it slows down the smooth running of Android . This is where the household is needed.

"Cache" or "cache" is a short-term memory , a space where Android stores data from your apps to have them on hand whenever they are needed. Imagine the cache like a bowl on the kitchen table where you can easily pick up some nibbles when you're hungry, without having to open the fridge door. The problem, of course, is when the little things rot. You may get sick.

The good sides of the cache

Android allows applications to store data on the cache for several reasons. The most important ones concern the performance of the device and the use of mobile data.

Thanks to the cache, apps can:

  • Keep the data for not downloading each time you open the app.
  • Load data faster, allowing apps to open faster.

Suddenly, your smartphone or tablet consumes less mobile data and solicits less the battery of the device, drawing on the memory powered by Android apps.

The dark side of the cache

The cache, unfortunately, also has its share of disadvantages. For example, it can consume a remarkable amount of internal memory and thus exhaust the space reserved for new applications or files.

On the other hand, corrupted or damaged cache data can hinder the proper functioning of an application. This "poisoned cache" is often the cause of the most unfortunate crashes .

Finally, the cache of some apps may also affect your privacy . The browser cache, in particular, keeps the data of the sites you visit, including the images.

Troubleshoot Android cache issues

Android clears the cache when the system no longer has free space . Yet, most of the time, this reaction comes too late. This is why manual cleaning is often necessary.

There are several ways to clean the Android 4, 5, and 6 application cache. The hardest thing is to open each app in Settings > Apps , tap Storage , and then tap Clear cache .

Option 2, you can also delete the cache of all its apps at once, but the function is not as visible. Go to Settings > Storage , then tap Data in Cache .

Finally, there is a much more efficient and quick way to clean up. Optimization tools like Turbo Booster clean all unwanted Android files, including those stored on the cache, in one operation. We press the big button and you're done.

You should know that Android 6.0 does not allow any third-party application to clean the cache. Anyway, an optimization tool will always be welcome to get rid of all unwanted files that clutter and slow down the memory of your device.

And you? How did you solve the problems of slowing down your Android device?

Source: Article by Fabrizio Ferri-Benedetti, published in Tools by Softonic.