In the 21st century, most people strive for higher mobility, which is when different portable devices come in handy. We all use laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices daily. However, most of us still know so less about the devices we are using, and that’s a big omission.
In this article, we are going to talk about one element present in all of our devices, which is still poorly understood by the public. That’s application cache. Here, we are going to give a clear definition to this term, explain why it is useful, and tell you how to clear application cache Mac. So, let’s dive in and finally get rid of the confusion caused by this term!
In simple words, application cache is meant for storing and retrieving all kinds of web resources. It basically saves the information about every resource you’ve used and then pulls out this data from the disk whenever you visit them again. This ensures a much faster loading speed, as when connecting to known resources the system won’t connect to the network again.
What are the pros of using cache? In a matter of fact, application cache has lots of benefits. First of all, it makes offline browsing possible, which is extremely important nowadays. Secondly, storing cache files makes the system work much faster since the resources come not from the network, but straight from your disk. Finally, it provides a certain level of resilience and flexibility to users, which is also important.
Why is it important to clean it?
So, if application caching brings so many benefits, why would someone want ever to clean it? To answer this question, it is important to understand that every web resource provides a set of hundreds and even thousands of files that are later stored in the cache. Thus, if you never clear your device’s cache, you may end up having it filled with millions of files, which eventually will lead to slower operation of the system.
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Besides, there is one more reason to bear in mind. As all of you probably know, web developers introduce updates to their apps and other web resources quite often. With every new update, they remove some of those files that systems cache and replace them with the new ones. So, what happens if you don’t clear your cache? Even though the update has arrived, your system will keep serving the old version of the resource that was once cached. This can lead to numerous errors, slow speed of loading, missing buttons, and much more!
How to delete app cache on Mac?
In order to do everything right and not cause any harm to the system, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Go to Finder > Go to Folder.
- Enter the following directory ~/Library/Caches and press ‘Enter’ key.
- Look for the folders with the names of your apps and clear the insides of them.
As you now see, it is quite an easy process. However, there are a few extra tips to keep in mind. First of all, make sure that you have about 10%-15% of space in the junk. That’s the potential space that can be taken by your apps cache files. Also, be very cautious as not every application’s cache can be cleared with no bad consequences, so you should pay due attention to not to delete important files.