If you’re like many people, you’re constantly messaging people back and forth using Facebook Messenger. Whether it’s work colleagues, family, or friends, it’s always handy to be able to chat. However, a cluttered Messenger app can be frustrating.
Luckily, it’s a pretty easy process to clear your Facebook Messenger cache on both iPhone and Android devices. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do it on both types of devices.
Why clear the Messenger cache?
There are a few reasons you might need to clear the Facebook Messenger cache. If the app is crashing frequently and is running slowly, this could be due to a buildup of data over time. Clearing the cache can help to speed up the app and fix any other issues with the app, such as freezing or unexpected behavior.
It can also help fix error messages that are difficult to explain, such as “this person is unavailable” on Messenger.
How do I clear the Messenger cache?
On Android, you can clear the Facebook Messenger cache by going to Settings > Apps > Messenger and tapping on ‘Clear cache’. On iPhone, you can clear the cache by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Messenger > Offload.
This post will explain the detailed steps in the following sections:
Clearing the Messenger cache on Android
You can clear Messenger cache on Android by doing the following steps:
- Open Settings > Apps > Facebook.
- Select Clear data > Clear cache.
- Select OK to confirm.
Clearing the Messenger cache on iPhone
You can clear the cache for Messenger on iPhone by doing these steps:
- Open Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
- Select Messenger.
- Select Offload app. Offloading the app means clearing Messenger’s data including the cache.
- Tap Reinstall to install Messenger back on your iPhone.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does clearing the cache on Messenger do?
Clearing the cache on Messenger will erase any temporary files that have been stored on your device. This can help free up some space on your device, as well as improve the performance of the Messenger app.
How often should I clear my cache on Messenger?
You may only need to clear your cache on Messenger every time you experience lagging or a problem.
Will clearing my cache on Messenger delete my conversations?
No, clearing your cache on Messenger will not delete your conversations. Your conversations and messages are stored on Facebook’s servers, and not on your device.
If your device is running low on storage, or you notice your Messenger app is running slowly, you may need to clear the app’s cache. Doing this will delete all of the app’s temporary files, allowing it to start fresh. The process for clearing an app’s cache is different on Android and iPhone devices, but both are relatively simple to do.
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