How to clear Snapchat cache on iPhone and Android

In case you are using Snapchat, you must be aware that it caches and stores a lot of data in your device’s internal memory. Therefore, below we provide the steps on how to clear Snapchat cache on iPhone and Android.

What is snapchat cache

As you continue to use Snapchat, the app will continue to store reminders and data about your most used features. The idea behind this behavior is to make reminders load faster and make Snapchat faster by using cached data on your device.

However, this cacheable speed of Snapchat comes at a cost. Left to its own devices, Snapchat can end up storing a lot of cached data, resulting in a lack of storage space on your device.

On user forums, it is not uncommon for many Snapchat users to come across 4GB or more of storage space taken up by Snapchat on their devices.

Types of Snapchat Cache

When you access Clear Cache option in Snapchat settings, you will find that Snapchat gives you option to clear all Snapchat cache at once or clear Snapchat cache by function.

Snapchat has classified its cache into the following types.

  • Story Cache: Contains story thumbnails, recently viewed stories, and other related data.
  • Discover cache: Contains recently downloaded or viewed Discover content.
  • Lens Cache: Contains lenses, filters and related data.
  • Browser cache: Contains cached browser data and cookies.
  • Memories Cache: Contains reminders and related data.

What happens when you clear Snapchat cache

The main purpose of the Snapchat cache is to store features that you use most often so the app runs faster on your device. Therefore, the only effect of clearing Snapchat cache should be a noticeable difference in Snapchat app speed and smoothness.

Before clearing Snapchat cache, let’s take a closer look at what really happens when you clear different types of Snapchat cache on your iPhone or Android phone.

Clear story cache: Clears story thumbnails, recently viewed stories, and other temporary data stored on your device. As you will agree, you don’t really lose anything by clearing Snapchat stories cache on your device.

Clear Discover cache: Deletes your recently downloaded or viewed Discover content and other related data stored on your device.

Clear lens cache: Deletes lenses, filters and related data stored on your device. Clearing the Lens Cache can actually make Snapchat run faster on your device. However, you will experience a slowdown or lag when trying to use your favorite lens or filter again.

Clear browser cache: Clears cookies and other cached browsing data.

Clear reminders cache: Clears a lot of storage space by deleting reminders stored locally on your device. You can safely delete the memories cache to free up disk space.

Clearing the Memories cache does not actually delete your Memories, it only deletes Memories content stored locally on your device. You’ll still find your memories stored in the camera roll, and memories stored in the cloud are still accessible.

Note: Clearing the Snapchat cache won’t delete Snaps you’ve sent to other people.

Clear Snapchat cache on iPhone and Android phone

Snapchat interface is more or less the same on iPhone and Android phone. Hence, you can follow the same steps as below to clear Snapchat cache on both iPhone and Android phones.

1. Open Snapchat on your iPhone or Android phone

2. On the camera screen, tap Snapchat ghost icon located in the top left corner of your screen.

User Icon in Snapchat

3. Next, tap on the shaped gear Snapchat settings icon located in the top right corner of your screen.

Snapchat gear icon

4. On the Snapchat settings screen, scroll down and tap clear cache Option in the “Account Actions” section (see image below).

Clear Cache Option in Snapchat

5. On the Clear Cache screen, you can either tap Delete everything Option to remove all types of Snapchat caches on your device or clear specific types of caches by tapping on “Clear Memories Cache”, “Clear Browser Cache” and other options (see image below).

Clear cache screen in Snapchat

6. In the pop-up that appears, tap the Clear Possibility.

Clear cache pop-up in Snapchat on iPhone

Once you tap Delete, you will see Snapchat restart on your device. After that, you will see a significant reduction in the space occupied by Snapchat on your device.


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