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How to clear the cache on the Galaxy S6

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If you're at all unfamiliar with how to clear the cache on the Galaxy S6, today we'll walk you through the basics: what a cache wipe is, the different kinds of cache and how to wipe the cache. Whether you call it cache clearing, wiping the cache, clearing the system partition or cache wiping, we'll show you how it's done.

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Keep your Galaxy S6 running smoothly with regular cache wipes. / © ANDROIDPIT

What is a cache wipe?

Good question. It depends on what cache you're talking about: the app cache or the system cache. As you can probably tell, the app cache is for specific apps and the system cache is for the Android system itself. The cache is basically like the Temp folder on your PC – a bit of a dumping ground for temporary data. While caches make your Galaxy S6 faster, they can also get bogged down, hence needing to clear the Galaxy S6 cache on occasion.

How to wipe the app cache on the Galaxy S6

If you want to clear the app cache on the Galaxy S6 – whether for one app in particular or for all apps, you do this through the Settings menu. Go to Settings > App Manager and find the individual app of which you want to clear the cache. Remember it might be in the Downloaded, Running or All tab. Tap the entry and then tap Clear Cache. If you want to clear all app caches simultaneously, go to Settings > Storage and tap Cached Data > OK.

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Clear app caches one by one in Settings > App Manager or altogether in Settings > Storage > Clear Data. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to wipe the system cache on the Galaxy S6

If it's your Android system that is acting weird and not just an app or two, you might want to clear the system cache, also known as wiping the cache partition. The most common time this is useful is straight after an Android update, when battery drain, glitches, crashes or other weirdness can occasionally affect your system.

1. Turn off your Galaxy S6.

2. Press and hold Power, Volume Up and the Home button.

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Press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. You'll see a blue screen with the Android on it, then you'll be taken to the recovery menu.

4. Use the volume buttons to scroll and highlight Wipe Cache Partition. Press Power to confirm.

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Select Wipe Cache Partition. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. You'll see a message in yellow at the bottom of the screen when the process is complete.

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You'll get a ''wipe complete'' message once it's done. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. Highlight Reboot System Now and press Power to confirm.

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Time to rebooot your Galaxy S6. / © ANDROIDPIT

7. Your Galaxy S6 will reboot and recompile all of your apps. It might take a little while to re-cache them all, but once it is done you should have a Galaxy S6 running as smooth as can be.

How often do you clear your cache? What else do you do for general system maintenance?

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Marta Ramirez (Mystical StarSylph) 4
    Marta Ramirez (Mystical StarSylph) Jun 3, 2018 Link to comment

    Thank you so much!!! After weeks and weeks of pain you've restored my sanity!

  • Sam Dajnowicz 1
    Sam Dajnowicz Feb 27, 2018 Link to comment

    this FINALLY got me out of safe mode!!! THANK YOU

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    chayusiro Sep 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I usually use android data clear to clear the cache on my samsung galaxy s5, it's really helpful.

  • Ralph Bautista 1
    Ralph Bautista Jun 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Power + Vol up + home button will basically reformat your phone..
    Power + Vol down + home button will send you to ODIN MODE and you're stuck there.

    Delete this article. It is not helpful but will only harm your phone. I see you, just trying to help, but you're causing more problems.

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      Tee Shert Jul 22, 2016 Link to comment

      Kid, what you say was partially true. The POWER+ VOLUME UP + HOME will reformat your phone only if you choose the option to WIPE DATA. If you choose WIPE CACHE PARTITION, it will NOT reformat your phone, but just clearing the cache. This is valid for most samsung phones.

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  • Robert Sibley 3
    Robert Sibley May 18, 2016 Link to comment

    No, Tanya, clearing your cache partition will not delete contacts, photos, or any user data or apps.

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    Tanya Cano Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Will this make me lose contacts and pictures

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    edward paoeetti Oct 9, 2015 Link to comment

    clearing the cache is the best

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    Xochitl Shatt May 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing this method because it much needed for me.

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    cherry Apr 29, 2015 Link to comment

    An app named CleanWiz can help you clear the cache easily.

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    Marcus Velasquez Apr 28, 2015 Link to comment

    It is mandatory to keep your Android device clutter-free and well-organized. This is essential because if you keep on adding new apps and programs you may reach a point where you will end up having a cluttered menu.

    Moni Mihailov

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