One of the most common troubleshooting steps used on Android is clearing local data from the misbehaving app. Be that a random third-party app or the system app — it’s of no importance. In addition, the cache that some apps collect can grow to several hundred megabytes or more, which creates a storage problem. Users were wondering how to clear the Play Store cache as this essential Android app has been performing subpar recently. We have detailed instructions for you below. Check them out to learn how to clear cache and data from the Play Store on your Android.
How do I clear the Play Store cache?
We don’t suggest force-stopping the Play Store service as it can lead to various issues. But, clearing local data is well-advised from time to time. Especially if an issue arises. Local data can get corrupt and some major issues can plague user experience. Like the one with the Play Store not downloading apps or the one where the Store just stops working.
Now that we know the reasons why one would want to clear cached data from the Google Play Store, let’s see about the procedure itself. You have the option to clear just cache, which is just locally stored records of your Play Store activity. Or you can clear all the data the Play Store saved.
Clearing local data from the Play Store is just as same as with any other Android app. So, basically, you just need to navigate deep into App Settings and open Play Store from the list of available apps.
Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how to clear cache from the Play Store:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps (sometimes Apps & notifications).
- Expand all apps. On some Android skins, you need to open App Manager or Manage Apps.
- You should see the list of all apps. Open Play Store and tap Storage.
- Tap Clear cache or Clear data. In the case of the latter, you’ll need to confirm your choice.
After that, you can restart your phone and look for improvements in performance. In addition, there are additional services/system apps you should consider clearing along with Play Store such as Google Play Services (they pile up a lot of data, and users can’t delete most of it) and Google Services Framework. Both are tightly related to the operation of Android OS.
And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your related questions in the comments section below. We look forward to answering them.