Proud of your brand-new OnePlus 6 and anxious to get to know it better and make the best of this experience? We get it, but first, let us initiate you into the most common troubleshooting options. If you’re lucky, you won’t have to use it from the very beginning. But you know what they say, better to be safe than sorry!
So, with this in mind, let us share a couple of details with you about the cache memory of this smartphone and what you can do to give it a boost every now and then. Expect to use the following information whenever you notice that the device is having lags or delays, some apps are having glitches or it all freezes out of the blue.
And just to give you a hint about the importance of the cache memory, when these options do not work, you’re only left with the alternative of a factory reset.
A short intro to the cache memory of the OnePlus 6
Sure, you could just follow our directions and learn how to clear an app’s cache, or even the system cache, without understanding it all for a minute. We do believe, however, that it’s best if you know exactly what and why you’re doing it, hence this short section on what the cache memory actually is and what it serves for.
The cache memory is a type of memory used specifically for the short-term storage of all kinds of data. As we already specified, it can be either an app cache or a system cache, which means that one of them will store data for a specific app while the other will store relevant data for the entire OS.
Since you have more than one app on the OnePlus 6, you can obviously assume that each app comes with its own cache installed. Thanks to the cache memory that each app makes use of, the smartphone can switch between apps easier and faster, without you having to wait or noticing any delays. This will point towards an obvious conclusion:
Any OnePlus 6 problem that manifests through app crashing, freezing, lags or system blockages must first be addressed from the perspective of the cache memory. That’s the first place where you should be looking for a solution.
Give that app a chance and only clear the app cache, first
As suggested, you’re working on the OnePlus 6 and you notice that one particular app is giving you problems, time after time. Don’t rush into uninstalling it from the very beginning. First, clear the app cache from the Settings.
- Go to Settings;
- Bring up the App Manager;
- Select the problematic app listed in there;
- Tap on Clear Cache.
Note – if you want to clear the cache of all the apps, from Settings, go to Storage, tap on Cached Data and remove it. You’ll also notice the option to Clear Data (next to Clear Cache) but you shouldn’t use that one if you want to keep the information stored on that app even after this reset (like passwords and username, preferences, custom settings etc.).
Next, uninstall the app and prepare to reboot the OnePlus 6
If you couldn’t fix the problem by removing the app cache (a cache that will rebuild on its own afterward, by the way), you must try to uninstall the app.
Once you have removed it, you still need to reboot the device and see if it brings any changes. Pay attention, however, to backing up all your data before you do anything else. That way, you reduce your chances of losing any important information in the process.
Last but not least, pay some attention to the system cache of OnePlus 6
To do this, you will have to enter the Recovery Mode, where you can only navigate from the Volume and Power buttons. Here’s how to wipe the system cache:
- Turn off the phone;
- Tap and hold the keys for Volume Up, Home, and Power;
- When you see the Android logo on the screen and you feel a vibration, release the Power button;
- Hold the two other buttons until you’re in the Recovery Mode;
- Use the Volume buttons to get to the menu labeled as Wipe Cache Partition;
- Select it with the Power button and confirm by selecting the Yes option;
- Wait for it to wipe the system cache;
- Finally, select the Reboot System Now option and wait for the device to restart, in the normal running mode, with a clear system cache.
Normally, if you get to this stage, the phone should be all right. In the unfortunate situation that it’s not, you’re only left with the option to factory reset your OnePlus 6 smartphone.