How to clear the system cache for the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Jun 30, 2014 1:08:29 PM via Website

Hey AndroidPIT readers,

If you have problems with your Samsung Galaxy S4 and that the smartphone isn't working properly, a good solution to this is to wipe the system cache of the phone. You don't even need to do a hard reset. In fact, doing a system cache will NOT delete any of your personal info, but only the background and application cache. Cache is stored data on the phone which allows apps to load quicker, it's like the data is on standby until you need it again. Wiping it simply means that the app will have to reload the data.

Here's how it's done:

Turn off phone
Remove the battery and reinsert.
Hold down the Home and Volume Up keys
Press and hold the Power button while still holding the other keys.
As soon as you see the Samsung logo, release all keys/buttons.
Press on the Volume Down to scroll down to Wipe Cache Partition.
Press the Power button to select it.
Press the Volume down button to highlight "Yes" and press the Power Button to select it.
Wait for a few minutes for the phone to clear the data.
Then press the Power button to select reboot system now.
Wait for your phone to reboot.

There you go! Your system cache should be wipe and leave you with a much more fluid smartphone.

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— modified on Jun 30, 2014 4:00:32 PM

Sanjai Joseph
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Oct 23, 2014 6:32:30 PM via Website

Mrs Foster

I have tried this on my galaxy mega 6.3 but after trying to wipe partition cache it displays error!

can you post the error message ..

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Nov 24, 2014 9:28:55 PM via Website

I am getting the same error message...after selecting wipe cache partition after a few seconds it seems like it is worrking, then the little android guy shows up, laying on his back with a caution symbol over his stomach, and Error! written above. That all it says, then it boots like normal.

I am having problems with unstable internet as well, usually after it automatically connects to my works wifi. I turn it off, then my mobile date is weak and goes in an out. I have done all the suggested tips about clearing the wifi log, taking the battery out and rebooting, putting it in safe mode and uninstalling almost all my apps, etc, etc. Still can't figure it out. I definitely want to avoid a factory reset if possible.

Jan 29, 2015 9:42:24 AM via Website

I would have thought that doing this by the inbuilt cache clearer would be easier: Go to Settings>More>Storage and scroll down and tap on Cached Data. Click OK on the pop-up confirming to clear ALL cached data and the all the phone's data is removed.

One caveat: the Samsung dependent cache is protected and will not allow it to be cleared, but this was only 12kb on my phone.

Feb 27, 2015 5:24:24 PM via Website

Clearing the cache as Scott mentioned above does not clear the same cache as performing it through Settings. For example, my S4 had about 370MB of cache as reported in Settings before and 362MB after clearing the cache as Scott mentions. It does not clear all of the cached data your apps have. Much less drastic cache clearing, it is only temporary data cached by the OS. As Scott mentioned, NO personal data is cleared.

Mar 3, 2015 8:11:04 AM via Website

Am having galaxy s4 active and sometimes when i get a call or make a call i cant hear the person and the person too cant hear me, what could be the coarse of this problem please