What Does Clear Cache Mean on Snapchat?

A common piece of advice that tech support will give to users having problems with websites and apps is “have you tried clearing your cache?” But what does that mean exactly?

The cache is a collection of files that your browser automatically saves to speed up your experience using apps and websites. But over time these files can build up and slow your device down. They can also cause issues with how a website or app behaves. Clearing your cache wipes out these temporary files and forces them to reload from the website or app’s server instead. This can help solve many performance or behavior issues that you might have.

What does clear cache mean on Snapchat?

Like many other social media and instant messaging apps, Snapchat builds up its cache files over time. This makes it easier to use its features, especially the camera lens and filters, without a data connection. However, these cache files can also take up a lot of storage space, which may make your Snapchat app run slowly or laggy. Fortunately, you can clear cache on Snapchat to free up space and restore its normal performance.

To do this, head to your Settings and tap Storage. Scroll down to see a list of your apps and their storage usage. Find the one that’s using the most memory and tap it to see a list of its cache files. Tap Delete Cache to remove the files. Repeat this process with other apps if necessary.

If you’re having trouble with an app, the issue might be something simple like a corrupted file saved in your cache. This can happen often, since the cache files aren’t vital to how an app functions. It’s best to clear them regularly to keep your experience running smoothly.

It’s important to note that when you clear cache on a smartphone, it does not erase any of your account information or any other personal data. This is a very important distinction, as you’ll need to enter any passwords and login details that are stored by an app after you’ve cleared its cache.

You can find out more about how cache works and what it does for you in our article What is cache?

While most people don’t need to clear cache regularly, you can do so if your device is having performance or space issues. It’s also a good idea to clear cache every now and then to avoid getting outdated or corrupted files on your device. However, be sure to do it with caution as you don’t want to delete any essential data that’s stored by an app or website.