How to wipe Android smartphone cache partition

What is phone partition cache and why would you wipe it?

The cache partition is a system’s directory that contains most of the temporary files, logs data from various applications on your Android device.  There can also be left over files from the previous Android update and this may create some issues such as lag or battery performance because some files/processes that are not intended to be active may be automatically run and consume unwanted resources.  If that happens your device could be trying to use stored files that are not meant for your current version of Android.

Wiping the smartphones cache may provide some added benefits of the OS such as:

  • Increased performance of apps
  • Getting rid of lag in the user interface
  • Apparently random errors and failures
  • Increased performance of battery
  • Lower resources consumption

How to wipe cache?

Samsung Devices

Follow these steps in order to wipe the cache for a Samsung device:

  1. Power off the device usually by holding the power button until being prompted the “Turn off” confirmation
  2. Press the VOLUME UP + HOME  + POWER buttons all the same time and HOLD THEM DOWN
  3. Release only the POWER button when the device vibrates
  4. Release the other buttons when the ANDROID SYSTEM RECOVERY screen appears
  5. Using the VOLUME DOWN / UP buttons to navigate, select WIPE CACHE PARTITION
  6. Press the POWER button, which will act as the ENTER key on your keyboard
  7. You will likely see some progress notes (at the bottom of the screen in small print) and after about 20 seconds it will likely show DONE
  8. After this you can reboot your device to see if the cache wiping did some changes

OnePlus Devices

This applies to both newer and older models of OnePlus with the mention that when being in the boot menu navigation in older phones is made with the volume buttons and power button whereas in newer phones you can use both the volume and power button to navigate as well as the touchscreen.

With this mentioned everything should go about the same:

  1. First of all turn off your phone by holding the power button until you see “The power off” button
  2. Now, to get into recovery menu hold Volume Down + Power Button.
  3. And keep on holding the buttons till you get into recovery menu.
  4. Password: If you have PIN/Password you will be asked to tap it.
  5. Select Language.
  6. Use volume buttons/touchscreen to navigate to Clear Cache/Data and use power button/tap to select this option.
  7. Now you will see two separate options, “Wipe cache” will clear cache of your OnePlus and “Erase everything” one will delete all the data present in your phone.
  8. Select Wipe Cache option.
  9. Reboot your phone.

HTC devices

  1. Turn off the device by holding down the power button
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down and the Power button to go into the boot screen
  3. Release the Volume Down key when the three Android images appear on the bottom of the screen.
  4. Press the Volume Down keyto navigate to RECOVOVERY.
  5. Press the Power key to begin the wipe. The device displays the bootup screen followed by a phone with a red triangle.
  6. Press and hold on the Power button.
  7. Press and release the Up Volume key.
  8. Release the Power button.
  9. Press the Down Volume key to select Wipe cache partition and press the Power key.
  10. Press the Down Volume key to select Yes.
  11. Press the Power key to initiate the wipe. Wait until the phone displays ‘Cache wipe complete’.
  12. Press the Power key to select Reboot system now.



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