How to free up space on the Galaxy S8 by clearing the cache
As you use apps and games on your Galaxy S8 temporary files are saved to your storage in the cache to help the game or app with many different functions, that could include accessing files quicker than having to download game assets for example.
Over time these cached files can increase in size and do not get cleared out even when you uninstall an app. The result means that you could find yourself running out of precious space on your Galaxy S8 without really understanding the cause of it. There are two types of caches when it comes to Android and while this guide is specific to the Galaxy S8, the method can be used on pretty much any Android device but the steps may differ slightly.
- From the Home screen, navigate to Settings > Storage.
- Tap Cached data.
- Tap CLEAR.
- Power down the S8
- Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
- When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 to 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
- Press the Volume down key several times in order to highlight “Wipe cache partition.”
- Press the Power key to select.
- Press the Volume down key to highlight “Yes” and press the Power key to select.
- After the wipe cache partition is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.
- Press the Power key to restart the device.
You can complete the steps to clear the cache without losing any personal data. All you lose is the system or app files that were stored and weren’t cleared.
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