Are you frustrated by frequent buffering on your Roku, Fire Stick, Smart TV, or other streaming device? Before you throw your TV out the window, we suggest clearing your cache. Why?
Cached data, or data that has been stored on your device after visiting a website or streaming, is stored on your machine so that the next time you go to use it, it’ll already be available. It’s great for speeding up repeatable tasks by eliminating the need to pull that data from the internet again. That is, it’s great until your device has run out of storage or your computer starts slowing down because its cache is full. Issues with cached data also affects your streaming devices, causing them to buffer or perform poorly. Which is why it is important to clear your cash, removing unwanted files and freeing up storage space on your device.
There is no defined timeline for clearing your cache. Basically, you can clear that data as often as you like and, at the very least, try clearing your cache whenever you notice your system starting to slow down or buffer.
Amazon Fire Stick:
1. Press the Home button to get to the Amazon TV menu.
2. Scroll to the Settings menu.
3. Select Applications menu.
4. Scroll down to Manage Installed Applications.
5. Select each app that you use to stream movies on your device.
6. Scroll and click on Clear cache
7. Press the back button and scroll to each of the apps you want to clear the cache on.
You can also clear chrome cache on your device also
1. Go to your phone’s Settings or
b. Device Care
e. Internal Storage
2. Tap on your Storage and open that Settings page
3. Go to the Other Apps to find a list of your apps/other apps
4. Find each of the apps you would like to clear the cache and click on it.
5. Click on Clear Cache.
4. Find each of the apps you would like to clear the cache on click on it.
5. Click on Clear cache.
Clear browser cache on Chrome:
1. Click on the three dots in the right corner after the search bar.
2. Go to the History tab and click on History.
3. Click on the Clear browsing data and Clear data.
Chrome’s cache is in the History settings
Clear cache on Windows 10:
1. Go to the start menu and click the Settings icon.
2. Click on System
3. Go to Storage
4. Scroll over to Free up space now and click on it
5. Allow for the scanning process to be complete
6. Carefully scan and correct the files you want to remove and click Remove files
7. Wait until the cleaning process is complete.
Clear cache on Roku:
1. Select Home from the main menu
2. On the remote control,
a. Press Home 5 times
b. Press up
c. Press Rewind 2 times
d. Press Fast Forward 2 times
3. Wait for around 20 to 30 seconds to clear cache and restart the device
iPhone or iPad:
1. Open the Settings, starting with the Passwords & Accounts option, in the 5th group. Tap Safari
2. Scroll to Clear History and Data, tap to confirm.
*this will log you out of websites that you are signed into at the time
Note! It isn’t that difficult as most cache retrieval can be found in the settings. If you have another device, start with the Settings section or Google the device to find more instructions.
Common questions regarding cache
1. Will clearing the cache remove any pictures that I have saved in my smart phone?
a. If you have saved your pictures in a file on your device, you will not lose any pictures. Cached data is temporary storage.
2. When I clear the cache on my Android phone, will it clear everything?
a. Clearing the cache will not clear your logins, games, or apps themselves.
3. My devise is not listed here, how can I get information about clearing the cache?
a. You can get information about clearing the cache on your device by doing an online search for “how to clear my cache on [name of device]” and it should pull up the directions on how to clear the cache for your specific device.