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Android 6.0 Marshmallow: How to clear app cache and data

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow: How to clear app cache and data
Last year, we published an article about how to clear app cache and app data on Android - Android Lollipop, to be exact. Since then, Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and things changed a bit when it comes to clearing app cache.

You still have to go to Settings -> Apps in order to search for a specific app to clear its cache. However, once you tap on a certain app, Android Marshmallow doesn't provide a direct Clear Cache button (like Lollipop does). What you'll need to do is tap on Storage. Once you access the Storage sub-menu, you'll find the Clear Cache button that you're looking for, in addition to a Clear Data button.

If you want to clear cache for all apps at once (instead of doing it for individual apps), you must go to Settings -> Storage & USB -> Cached data. Simply taping on the Cached data tab will let you clear cached data for all apps - of course, you'll first have to confirm the fact that this is indeed what you intend to do.

In case you're wondering, clearing cache may help when an app misbehaves, or is running slower than usual. Clearing data is different: it literally deletes all user data and files associated with a certain app - so it's like reinstalling that app (without actually doing it).

P.S.: This tutorial was made on a Google Nexus 5X running stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Things may look different on your device.

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posted on 23 Mar 2016, 00:21 1

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 1783; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Pretty much similar in CM...sweet!

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 01:12 1

2. robertdenaro116 (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Mar 2016)


It's most likely their products are just for intelligent people

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 04:48 4

4. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


My sister uses her Android phone for years without giving this a f**k. Then, she's always complaining about her phone getting slower and slower. I'm a die-hard Android fan, but I recommended her to switch to iOS because I think she's too stupid to own an Android handset.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 06:54

5. joeytaylor (Posts: 410; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Lmao.....sounds like a lot of people I know.....I'm not a super tech nerd...but know a lot of the little things....heck if you suggest a factory reset they look at you like you shot their dog ....you can save everything and just have to reset the settings and makes your phone like new.....l realise all phones collect data and some spring cleaning needs to happen sometimes

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 10:25

6. isprobi (Posts: 627; Member since: 30 May 2011)


The fact that this article even exists shows how bad Android still is as a consumer mobile OS. Other than the web browser I still like BB10. I never had to clean anything it just runs. And mobile web browsing still sucks on Android too. To use real web sites I had to switch to Puffin browser.

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