GUIDANCE TO GOOGLE DRIVE CACHE CLEARING
Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive has been a widely used file storage and synchronization device for several years. Offering 15 GB of free data to its users, it has seen widespread usage in academic institutions, workspaces, hospitals, etc.
UNDERSTANDING CACHE MEMORY
A cache is a hardware or software component that stores data, which can be retrieved faster as per future requests. This data may be stored as a result of an earlier computation or a copy of another stored data.
In simpler words, it is a high-speed, temporary memory where the data can be stored and retrieved easily.
By default, the Cache size in Google Drive is 250MB, which can be increased or decreased as per requirement.
WHY SHOULD WE CLEAR THE CACHE?
- Cache memory should be cleared often, as it occupies a lot of space. Often several websites and apps do not load correctly, and a widespread solution to this is clearing the cache.
- It is, however, inadvisable to clear all the cache, as it results in the deletion of the entire data. As a result, cache clearing can be done smartly without losing essential data.
- To ensure more privacy and data security, clearing cache is an appropriate method.
For android users
There are two ways Android users can clear cache in the Google Drive app:
- From the app:
Open the Drive app -> tap the three-bar menu on the top-left corner -> Go to settings ->tap on clear cache -> restart device
- From Device Setting:
Settings app on your Device -> Tap on Apps settings -> Go to Drive then storage -> Tap on Clear cache ->restart phone
Clearing On Chrome
Load the web app on chrome-> Click on the padlock symbol to the left of the address bar-> tap on site settings-> Under the usage section, click Clear Data -> Re-click to confirm
Enter the given URL chrome://settings/cookies/detail?site=drive.google.com -> click Remove All -> Reload
For iOS Users
iOS uses a different technique of maintaining data, so there are no system-based toggles to clear caches, as seen in Android. However, apps like OneDrive offer the option to clear their cache.
For troubleshooting, one can force-quit a google app and then restart their device. If the problems persist, re-install the app.
Clearing the cache is very useful when a user’s computer freezes and does not allow access to different media files. The first time one visits a website, a part of the data gets stored in the browser to show the files stored in the cache quickly.
As a result, these cached files slow down the loading of the website. This also leads to errors like runtime errors. Therefore, clearing the cache is an easy and efficient solution to these problems.