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Clear Android Applications Cache to Improve Performance

Monday, January 9th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Android
 
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Has your Android phone visibly slowed down? Is there a lag?  If yes, free up some phone memory and you’ll notice a drastic improvement in speed and performance. In this tip, I’ll show you how to improve the performance of an Android phone by clearing the cache memory. I’ve used the most commonly found version of Android, 2.2,  to illustrate the steps.

Step 1: Access Settings.

There are two ways of accessing Settings. The simplest is to press the menu key on the phone. Typically, it is the left corner key on Android phones. After you press this key, some options appear. Tap Settings.

Access the Settings menu.

Alternatively, access the Applications menu and then tap Settings.

Tap for the Applications Menu in Android

 

Tap Settings to access the Settings Menu

Step 2: Tap Applications.

Access the Applications Menu

Step 3: Tap Manage applications to see a list of applications installed on your Android phone.

Access the Manage Applications menu.

Step 4: Press the menu key on the phone. Typically, it is the left corner key on Android phones. After you press this key, the Sort by size option appears. Tap Sort by size.

Sort all applications be size in Android 2.2

Step 5: Now, all applications are sorted by size. This means the largest applications appear first. Let’s see how much cache the Market application is using. Tap Market.

Manage the android application to clear the cache

Step 7: Notice, the Market application is using over 3 MB of cache, which is quite a bit. Tap Clear Cache to free up this memory.

Clear the Cache of the Market Application

That’s it. Similarly, you can go through all the applications and clear the cache. This improves the performance of your Android phone.

~Rupen Sharma

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6 Responses to “Clear Android Applications Cache to Improve Performance”

  1. Maria Garofalo says:

    Can something like this be done on the iPhone?
    Thank You

    • SpicyLV says:

      yes, you press the “home” button twice, it will show icons at the bottom,press any icon until you see the “minus” sign &/or the icon start “shaking”. start hitting all those “minuses” till they are all gone.dont worry, it will not have any effect on your actual icons..hope this help! good luck!

  2. Javich says:

    Nice to know you are adding tips and info on popular phone, nice.

  3. Geraldine York says:

    You can get a app that will clear the cache. It will be on your phone and you press on it and it has four options on how you want to clear your cache and there are several different ones that you can download to do it.

  4. Vijay says:

    really awesome info. just got an android & was wondering how to optimize it

  5. Nancy Wall says:

    Thanks. I just got my phone and I’m constantly learning something new. I’m amazed at what these phones will do.

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