Facebook is one of those third-party apps that runs on almost all the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus smartphones out there. If there’s one thing that practice has taught us about such apps is that the more of them you have on your device, the higher the odds to experience all kinds of problems, with the cache in particular.
That’s why there are actually two things you can generally try for fixing serious bugs and numerous software issues: performing a factory reset or wiping the cache. When your smartphone tends to freeze, or manifests all kinds of glitches or delays, you might want to clear the Facebook cache.
So, today’s article is going to be about Facebook cache problems – what’s this cache thing, when can you tell that you need to clear Facebook cache and, just as importantly, how do you do it. Read on if you think you’re going to need it.
What you need to know about cache
You really cannot expect to effectively tackle a cache problem when you don’t even know what that is. Understanding what you’re dealing with is the first and, perhaps, the most important part.
To keep it simple, your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus smartphone actually has two different types of cache. One is the app cache and the other one is the system cache. Every third-party app that you download on the device, Facebook included, comes with its own cache, installed right on it. The purpose of the cache is to allow storing temporary data and to facilitate the process of switching from one app to another.
Same goes for the system cache, which does the same thing and has the same purpose, only that it serves the Android system. This is the reason why the majority of troubleshooting guides out there would recommend you to clear the system cache when your smartphone freezes or crashes often.
How can you clear the Facebook cache on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus?
Getting to this point is pretty straightforward. You usually suspect that it’s the Facebook cache you need to clear when the majority of problems trigger while the app is running. You will have to:
- Access the general settings of your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus;
- Go to the App Manager;
- Tap on the app whose cache you want to clear – in our case, Facebook;
- Look at the app’s info screen as soon as you have selected it;
- Tap on Clear Cache.
You don’t want to go through all these steps for clearing the cache of all the apps? You can do a general cleanup by going to Settings. Under Storage, select the Cached Data option and you should be able to clear all app caches at the same time.
Of course, you’d have to know that by selecting the Clear Data option you will lose all the information previously stored on that app. Your username and the password you used to automatically log in, the general settings and the detailed preferences or the game progress, if it was a game, will all be lost.
I’ve cleared the cache with no result – what now?
If clearing the Facebook cache or the cache of any other app that used to block your phone didn’t work, you will have to uninstall that app. After that, reboot the device. Ideally, you should backup all your data before resetting the smartphone, just to be sure that if anything goes wrong and you’re losing information, you still have it somewhere safe.
If your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus keeps freezing or moves slowly even after the entire above, clearing the cache partition is the last resort.