You can manually delete the data of installed Android applications, eg. Eg B. for a reboot without uninstalling. We tell you how it works and what it does.
Every now and then there may be bugs in the Android world, an app update fails, or a faulty version of the app has been delivered. The possibility of such errors is, of course, more common in trial versions of applications (beta). But who doesn’t want to get new features first? To get rid of sudden errors and clean up data storage, a very simple trick can sometimes be enough.
Clear cache clears memory
Android users can clear the cache and data of an app without having to launch apps from the smartphone. However, we first have to differentiate between what the data area has to say and what the cache has to say. The latter does not contain the application settings, it only serves as a buffer. This can be content that the application downloads once to the smartphone to have it ready later without a new download. In Google Maps, for example, it is the material of the map.
Bottom line: you can clear the cache of some apps on a regular basis, which particularly like to collect a lot of data. As long as your data storage is not full, you can refrain from doing this. When in doubt, delete the files that the respective app downloads again the next time you use it. Another method outside of system settings to clean up your smartphone’s data storage is the Google Files app.
Otherwise, open the “Storage and Cache” area of an application of your choice in the system settings and flush the cache there manually.
Erasing data: more effective but much deeper
A few months before this article, there was a case where an update to a Google app caused crashes. Upgrading from one to the next version of the app (beta only) caused an annoying issue that made the affected smartphones barely usable. The application that was running in the background crashed every second. The only solution was to delete the app data. However, you should be aware that the application data much more important than the cache.
For applications with user accounts, the application data is, for example, the login, which is reset. You should log back into the app. With a chat app, your chats are also part of the app’s data and it’s always all the app’s settings. Therefore, caution is advised here, important data should be backed up. But as I said, the error in the application described above could be eliminated by restarting the application without uninstalling it.