Clearing Cache and Cookies, Is a Good Idea on Your Android Phone: Here Is Why

By Mabel Ekperen

The cache and cookies on your Android phone are files that help you access frequently visited websites faster but they can also take up a lot of your phone’s storage space. The good news is that clearing them won’t erase any important information. With that in mind, let’s learn more about cookies and cached data, why you might want to clear these on your Android phone, and how to do it. You need to know that clearing Cache files and cookies on your Android device can also significantly improve the performance and speed of your device generally.

What Information Is Stored in a Cookie?

Cookies are a kind of small text file that stores information on your computer. A website can use cookies to store and retrieve data about your browsing habits or preferences, including personal information like your name, contact details, and payment details. Cookies also make it possible for you to log into websites automatically without needing to enter your password every time.

In addition to tracking what sites users visit in order to provide them with relevant advertising content, some third-party companies also use analytics software embedded within the user experience of certain mobile apps (Android). This software is similar in function as it tracks what applications users are using and their behavior within those applications. As a result of this type of tracking data being collected over time, marketers are able albeit only vaguely understand how customers interact with their brands based on these metrics

Why Would You Want to Clear Your Cache and Cookies?

There are several reasons you might want to clear the cache and cookies on your Android phone. Suppose you’re having difficulty loading a web page; it may be because there are too many cookies on your device. Clearing the cache will remove these temporary files, which can sometimes lead to faster browsing.

You might also want to clear your cache and cookies if you’re experiencing any problems with websites that use cookies for login purposes or other purposes. Cookies that are no longer needed can be removed by clearing the browser’s cache, freeing up space for new ones.

If some of these deleted cookies were storing personal information, for example, a username and password from a website they’ll no longer be available after clearing them from the browser’s memory; however, they can still exist elsewhere on your computer or mobile device depending on how much privacy protection software was installed prior to removing those items from their original location(s). If you would rather not take this risk, consider implementing additional protections such as antivirus software before proceeding with this process instead.

How Do You Clear Your Cache and Cookies on an Android Phone?

There are a few different ways to clear your cache and cookies, depending on what you’re looking for and depending on the type of device you’re using. If you just want to clear the cache on your device, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your device
  • Tap on Apps
  • Tap on the More button in the top right corner (three vertical dots)
  • Select Storage
  • Select Cached Data from this list.
  • You’ll see an option at the top of this page that says Clear Cache, which will clear all cached data stored by any apps on your device if you tap on it.
  • To clear just one specific app’s cached data, tap Clear Cache under each app name in this list instead of doing so globally; then when prompted for confirmation about removing everything from storage for that particular app, tap Ok again.

Clearing the Cache and Cookies Will Not Erase Your Saved Passwords

Cookies are stored in the cache, which is a different part of Android than the browser. Cookies are usually not stored in any of your device’s browsers.

Cookies are not stored on your Android phone or tablet device, but they are only stored on Google’s servers, so clearing those won’t affect anything other than making your device work faster by removing files that aren’t necessary anymore.

The only way to get rid of them is by deleting them from inside your Google Account. To do this go to myactivity.googleapis.com or by removing permissions for apps that use cookies like Google Maps or Gmail still from my activity section of your Google account.

In Conclusion

The key takeaway here is that clearing your cache and cookies every once in a while can significantly improve the performance of your Android device. While it will not erase any passwords or important information you have saved, it will clean up space on your phone and help with performance issues that may arise over time. As long as you are careful to not clear data for certain apps like Google Chrome where you need passwords stored, this process should go smoothly without needing too much technical knowledge.