Over time, deleting temporary files on your phone or tablet becomes almost a necessity. Your device uses files for a specific reason, but then when it’s done with them, it might not delete them, which can lead to freezes, overuse of storage, memory issues, etc.
Temporary files are created after installing and using applications, performing device updates, and uninstalling applications. Before you know it, there are hundreds or even thousands of files that are no longer needed and, if left behind, can cause many problems.
Fortunately, there are several ways to remove temporary files, app caches, leftover data, and other unused files from your phone or tablet.
Council. There are also computer junk removal tools that delete temporary files on your computer or laptop.
Use a cleanup app to remove temporary files
Use the cleaning app to delete temporary files
The fact that there are so many apps out there designed to clean up junk files from your phone or tablet is a testament to the need for it.
For Android devices, there are several options for cleaning up junk files, including Google’s own Files app. The files have a section called Cleanup that can help free up media files you’ve sent and received in messaging apps, but that you probably don’t need anymore – you’ll be surprised how much junk you can collect there.
It also removes other unnecessary files and helps you find unused apps that you might want to uninstall.
You can also use the Browse tab at the bottom to navigate to the Downloads section. There may be files that had a specific purpose when you downloaded them, but you no longer need.
Go there to check what might be taking up unnecessary space, and delete anything you don’t need.
Here are some other Android apps we recommend for cleaning junk files, app caches, temporary data, and more:
- Clean Master: includes a junk cleaner that removes residual files and functions as an Android antivirus. an application that protects your device from malware.
- Super Cleaner: Cleans up unnecessary application cache files, turns on the CPU cooler and allows you to lock personal information with a password.
- Security Master: A multipurpose application that removes old APK files, ad junk, caches, empty folders and notification items, but also performs virus scans and locks apps with a password.
Deleting temporary files on iPhone and iPad works a little differently as there are no mobile apps that can do it.
To delete unnecessary files on your iOS device, you can use the program on your computer. Just connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and run the temporary file cleaner to erase the data.
PhoneClean (for Windows and Mac) is one example of such a program. While some of the features aren’t free, it always runs the latest version of iOS and does a phenomenal job of deleting junk files on both iPad and iPhone.
It has some really cool options like a silent cleaning function that can clean up trash wirelessly and automatically every day, as well as quick cleaning, internet cleaning, privacy cleaning, system cleaning, app cleaning, and contacts cleaning, among others.
For example, the Quick Cleanup feature will remove redundant system and user logs, obsolete temporary files and photo caches, and show you large and old files that you can delete to free up space.
A similar junk cleaner for iPhone and iPad is iFreeUp, which removes caches and junk data, but also functions as a file transfer tool, app data exporter, and iOS system optimizer.
Manually deleting application caches
Manually delete the app’s cache
Almost every app you use supports a set of files for offline use, which helps speed up your access to different parts of the app. For example, images and web pages can be stored in your web browser so that you can quickly open these files without downloading them from the Internet every time you open those web pages.
However, you guessed it, these cached files can take up a lot of space and affect your ability to download new files and update applications. Cached files can even get corrupted and cause problems while using the application.
Most junk cleaners for your phone / tablet have the ability to clear the cache. However, if you don’t want to download a new app just to delete app caches, or if you can’t due to lack of space, follow these steps to learn how to manually delete junk files stored in your apps:
- Open the settings.
- Click Apps & Notifications.
- Select View All <#> Applications.
- Find the largest apps on the list. , or applications that you suspect are overloaded with unnecessary files.
- Select “Storage & Cache”.
- Select “Clear Cache” to immediately clear the cache for this application.
Neither iPhone nor iPad has a section in system settings for clearing application caches, but some applications provide this option in their settings.
For example, in the MEGA online file storage app, go to Settings> File Management> Clear Cache to clear the app cache. Most web browsers also provide a cache clearing feature, usually in the privacy settings area and often bundled with other clearing tools on the Clear Browsing Data screen.
Check your screenshots folder
Depending on how you use your phone or tablet, screenshots may not be necessary for you. If you take a lot of screenshots to share with others or use temporarily, but never open them again, know that they are still on your device, taking up unnecessary space.
If you don’t want to back up your screenshots to online file storage, you can quickly delete them.
On Android, open the Photos app, tap the three-line menu in the upper left corner and go to Device Folders> Screenshots to see what’s there. Select and delete anything you don’t want to clean up junk files instantly.
If you’re using an iOS device, go to Photos> Albums> Screenshots to choose which screenshots you want to remove from your iPhone or iPad. You can use the Select button to delete multiple screenshots at once, or connect your device to your computer to easily delete all images at once.