How to clear Cache data in Android 10

Another version of Android, another article about clearing cache. Writing this guide has become a tradition on our site, mainly because users aren’t thrilled with the way the latest versions of Android handle the caching process. More precisely, how you clear that cache.

Unfortunately, nothing has changed in Android 10 compared to Android 9 Pie. The process is identical, and not a bit less annoying. So, I didn’t even have to write this article, because everything is mentioned in the previous one. But I did it anyway, mainly to cover the keyword and draw some more visits (don’t tell Google :wink:).

Anyway, if you want to know more about how caching works in Android, refer to the mentioned article. Here I’ll cut to the chase, and just show you how to clear cache in Android 10. And you’re not going to like it.

Clear cache individually

Long gone are the days when you could just hop into Settings and clear the accumulated cache of all the apps on your smartphone with just a few taps. Now, you have to clear cache for each app individually.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps & notifications
  2. Tap See all (x) apps
  3. Now, tap the app to get its App info.
  4. Go to Storage & cache.
  5. Tap on Clear Cache

The procedure may vary depending on your smartphone manufacturer or whether you’re using a custom ROM or stock Android. For example, Samsung users can access the app list through the Device Care section in Settings.

Should you use a “performance-boosting” app?

You shouldn’t. I’m just going to say it, most of those glorified cleaners, performance-boosters, system-enhancers are gimmicks. These apps do nothing you can’t do by yourself with just a few taps in Settings. On top of that, these “performance-boosters” are real data harvesters, and you’re basically giving them access to every bit of your personal info by agreeing to run them on your phone.

Google recognizes that to some degree. That’s why the revamped permissions system in Android 10 serves as the first line of defense against data-collecting apps that careless users usually install.

So, even if you want to use a third-party app to clear the accumulated cache, the system simply won’t allow it. And it’s for the best.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some legitimate apps like Files by Google that can help you organize your storage better, but even this app doesn’t have the power to perform tasks like clearing all cache at once. Plus you don’t have to worry about your data being collected because, well, Google already has it.

That’s about it. What do you think about this whole cache clearing mess in Android? Would you like to have the old method back? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dilly
Dilly
February 21, 2020 6:19 pm

The way this whole article was written sums up my frustration with this new process. In Android 9, I was able to just visit “device care” and tap “clear cache.” That actually worked. I’m not sure why they downgraded. Probably to get more uninformed users to think they need a new phone if the looming cache starts taking over storage and bugs up the phone when it’s near full.

Veronikka
Veronikka
November 12, 2020 2:33 pm

This is so frustrating! I have 94 apps and have to clear each one separately.

Preston Mitchell
Preston Mitchell
April 11, 2020 11:51 pm

Attn: Ivan Jenic — Thank you for writing this article BUT I THINK YOU NEED TO REWRITE IT. Your info is inaccurate. My Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ with Android 10 does NOT have a Settings menu item called ‘Apps & Notifications’: it simply has the item called ‘Apps’. Also, ‘clear data’ & ‘clear cache’ are not located exactly where your article claims. BUT hey, Samsung’s Android variant is always a slightly different breed.

David Percival
David Percival
October 13, 2020 5:23 pm

CCleaner clears the cache on Android 10 ?

Ellsworth
Ellsworth
March 13, 2021 7:35 am
Reply to  David Percival

CCleaner indeed does clean cache in one step on my LG Android 10. I use the LG app to optimize, use the CCleaner to clear cache and AVG to check for any virus issue. I go into Firefox to specify just what I clear. I set cookies to live during the session and make exceptions to keep first party cookies to save log-in and site preference data.