How to clear your YouTube cache to improve performance


  • You can clear YouTube cache on Android from your phone’s Settings menu.
  • If you have an iPhone, clear YouTube cache by deleting the YouTube app and then reinstalling it from the App Store.
  • If you use YouTube on a Mac or Windows computer, you can use your web browser’s Settings menu to clear the browser cache.

In normal day-to-day use, YouTube can store a considerable amount of data on your phone or computer. It does this to improve performance and run more efficiently, but over time you can lose many megabytes of YouTube storage space.

If you need to reclaim that space — or if you’re troubleshooting a problem with YouTube and want to see if clearing cache can fix the problem — it’s fairly simple to clear YouTube cache. But the steps vary depending on whether you’re using the YouTube app on your phone or the YouTube website in a browser.

How to Clear YouTube Cache on Android

If you are using YouTube app on Android device, it is very easy to clear YouTube cache. On your phone, start the Settings app and press apps. If necessary, press See all apps then press Youtube. Then press Storage and cachingthen press Empty the cache.

The YouTube apps page in Android settings.

To clear YouTube cache on Android, go to the Apps section of Settings.

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How to Clear YouTube Cache on iPhone

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a one-click method to clear an app’s cache the way you can on Android, but even so the process is relatively simple. You need to delete the YouTube app from your iPhone, which not only deletes the app, but also clears all stored cache data at the same time. After deleting the app, simply reinstall YouTube from the App Store and sign in to your Google account again.

Deleting an application on iPhone.

The easiest way to clear an app’s cache on an iPhone is to delete and then reinstall the app.

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How to Clear YouTube Cache in a Web Browser

If you’re using YouTube in a web browser, caching works a bit differently. Your Windows or Mac computer does not maintain a separate cache for each website you visit. Instead, your browser has a single cache of data that you can clear when needed, which you can usually find in the browser’s Settings menu. Here’s how to clear cache in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

Cache settings in Chrome.

If you want to clear YouTube cache data in a web browser, you need to clear all browser cache, like here in Chrome.

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