What Does Clear Cache Mean on TikTok?


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Table of Contents
  1. What is cache on TikTok?
  2. What does clear cache mean on TikTok?
  3. How to clear cache on TikTok?
  4. What happens after you clear cache on TikTok?

What Does Clear Cache Mean on TikTok?

Have you ever wondered ‘what does clearing cache mean on TikTok’ and ‘what does clear cache do on TikTok’ exactly?

If you want to learn more about cache on TikTok or why people suggest clearing it, you’re at the right place.

In this blog post, we’ll answer all your questions related to cache and clearing cache on TikTok.

What is cache on TikTok?

Do you remember when you used or logged in to TikTok or other apps for the first time it took more time to load? And as time goes on and you keep on using them, it loads faster. This is all thanks to cached data - data that all apps store on your phone, including TikTok.

Smartphone apps like TikTok are optimized to load faster by using pre-loaded data that doesn’t have to be downloaded from the web every time you log into your account. This pre-loaded data is the cache that helps speed up the app’s time to upload by temporarily storing data on your device.

Cache data remembers your preferences and it can anticipate certain actions on the app and load certain pages faster.

TikTok, in particular, the app’s cache stores temporary files related to your watch history, your profile, your posts in the cache and TikTok media you have viewed on the app. These files and media help provide a faster viewing of TikTok videos and improve the performance of the app by making it run faster.

However, as all apps store caches, they can get pretty big and slow down your phone or device. This is why it’s recommended that you clear cache.

Bonus read: How to save TikTok drafts to camera roll.

What does clear cache mean on TikTok?

Clearing cache on TikTok will help free up storage space on your device, reduce the files stored on your iOS or Android device, and make the TikTok app faster and work better.

Clearing the TikTok app cache will delete the temporary data that is your pre-loaded profile information and viewing history. You don’t have to worry about deleting the TikTok cache if you need to free up space on your device because, with time, cache data will accumulate again as you use the app and watch videos.

Also read: How to delete drafts on TikTok.

How to clear cache on TikTok?

If you want to free up phone space by clearing the TikTok cache, follow the steps below:

    1. Open the TikTok app and go to your profile.
    2. Tap on the three lines at the top right corner, and select ‘Settings and privacy’ to access the Settings menu.

Tap on the three lines in the top-right corner to access Settings

Select 'Settings and privacy'

    1. In the Settings menu, scroll down and select ‘Free up space’ under the Cache & Cellular data section.

Tap on ‘Free up space’

    1. Tap on ‘Clear’ to the right of Cache. When the prompt appears asking you to confirm, tap on ‘Clear’ again.

Tap on 'Clear' next to Cache

Tap on 'Clear' to confirm

    1. That is it! You’ve cleared the TikTok cache.

Note: The number you see next to the Clear Cache tab is the storage space that the data is taking up.

Additionally, you can also choose to clear specific media on TikTok without having to clear the entire cache. In the ‘Free up space’ section you can also clear media you have uploaded to TikTok and media you have downloaded from TikTok.

What happens after you clear cache on TikTok?

The next time you open TikTok, the app will take a bit longer to load more videos because TikTok has to rebuild your media from scratch. However, after the first loading, TikTok should be working with its usual speed and performance.

Clearing cache on TikTok deletes all your media stored on your device and your feed will be cleared up. But don’t freak out! This won’t delete any of your TikTok accounts, personal information data or videos.

Clear cache just means that your feed and viewing history will be clean.

You might also be interested in learning how to save TikToks to your camera roll and how to recover deleted videos and drafts.

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