Why is Clearing Cache and Cookies on Android Important?

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Deleting cookies and browser cache sounds complicated, but it's really important for you Android phone owners.

It is recommended, make a habit of occasionally deleting the data, no matter what Android smartphone you are using. Yes, even high-end smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 or Google Pixel 6. Because they can't delete this data automatically.

Whether using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Samsung Internet, your browser collects and stores data every time you surf the web. This information data forms cookies and caches.

These two things can help your phone quickly log into your account and load frequently visited sites. But this data can build up over time, take up space on your phone, and may also include cookies that track your browsing history for the purpose of serving annoying ads.

So, there's nothing wrong with deleting this data from time to time to keep your web browser light, running efficiently and ideally keeping as few tracking cookies as possible.

How to Clear Cache and Cookies on Android

On Android, the steps are slightly different. It depends on the type of phone and the web browser application you are using, so below is a summary of how to clear this data for Google Chrome browser, Samsung Internet browser and Mozilla Firefox browser.

Google Chrome

You can clear cookies and cache from within the Android version of Google Chrome by tapping the More button in the upper-right corner of the browser, or the three-dot field, tap History, then click Clear browsing data.

You can also access this from Chrome's Settings menu, tapping Privacy and Security, then Clear Browsing Data.

Chrome also offers advanced options for clearing Browsing history, Cookies, and site data, as well as cached images and files. You can choose a time range to delete the entire history or from the last 24 hours to the last four weeks.

It should be noted, if you continue with this step you may delete saved passwords, AutoFill form data, and Site settings. After selecting what you want to delete, tap on the blue Clear data button, and it will delete without any other prompts.

Samsung Internet

There are two different ways to clear cache data and cookies on the Samsung Internet browser. You can delete it from within the browser itself, or through the phone's Settings app.

To delete in the Samsung browser app, first tap the Options button in the lower right corner represented by three horizontal lines, then select Settings, scroll down and tap Personal Data, then tap Clear Browsing data to get a menu of options to delete.

You can delete Browsing history, Cookies and Site data, Cache Images and Files, Passwords, and AutoFill forms in any combination. After tapping Clear data, you will receive a confirmation asking you to confirm your selection before deleting.

Mozilla Firefox

As is the case with Google Chrome, you can clear cookies and cache from within the Mozilla Firefox Android app. To access this function, tap the More button to the right of the address bar, which is also denoted by three vertically aligned dots. Then tap Settings and scroll down to Clear Browsing Data.

Of the three browsers we've covered here, Firefox gives you the most options under the Clear browsing data menu. It allows you to also delete existing Open tabs, Browsing history and Site Data, Site Permissions, even the Downloads folder along with Cookies, Images and Cache Files.

While you can't choose a timeframe like Chrome, you can be more specific about the type of data you want to delete.

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