How to Clear YouTube Cache on Mobile and Desktop
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(Pocket-lint) – Whether you’re watching vlogs on repeat or learning to assemble a piece of furniture, nothing is worse than a technical glitch interrupting your YouTube viewing.
If you find things aren’t working properly on the desktop app or site, you can start by clearing your cache. Don’t worry, this won’t delete your preferences or data, just the app’s temporary files.
In this article, we are going to tell you how to clear your cache on Android or on your web browser. Unfortunately, the iOS app does not allow you to clear the cache.
Clear YouTube app cache on Android
The exact steps vary slightly from phone manufacturer to phone manufacturer, but the basic process is the same for all.
- Open your phone’s Settings app and navigate to apps Where Apps and Notifications.
- find theyoutube app in the list and select it.
- On the YouTube app page, tap Storage and caching.
- Then chooseClear cache.
Once everything is sorted out, you can go back to the YouTube app to see if your issues are resolved. Cross your fingers!
Clear YouTube cache on desktop
On a desktop computer, things work a little differently. You cannot clear the cache of a specific website, so you must clear the cache of all websites at once.
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Below are instructions for the most popular web browsers:
- At the top right of your browser window, click the three points.
- Select More tools then Clear browsing data.
- At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All the time.
- Next to ‘Cached images and files’, check the box.
- Click on Erase data.
- Click on Safari top left, next to the Apple icon.
- From the drop-down menu, choose Preferences.
- Navigate toAdvanced tab in the preferences menu.
- Check the box next to Show the Develop menu in the menu bar.
- Go back to the menu bar at the top and click on Develop.
- In the drop-down menu, click Clear caches.
- Click themenu icon (three horizontal lines).
- Go to Privacy and Security
- In the section Cookies and site data click on Erase data.
- Uncheck the box next to Cookies and Site Data.
- Click on the button Wipe off.
We hope you’ve regained your uninterrupted viewing pleasure, but if you’re keen to learn more YouTube tips and tricks, check out the selection below:
Written by Luke Baker.