Chances are, if you're picking up an 8GB Nexus 4, or even a 16GB Nexus 7 (or are stuck with an 8GB N7), at some point you might run low on storage. It happens to the best of us.

Fortunately, in Android 4.2, Google's given you a new way to free up some space with just two taps. Instead of having to trudge through your entire list of installed apps one by one, you can now clear all cached app data straight from the storage menu.

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Just head to settings, then to storage, and tap on the new "Cached data" section in the list. At this point, you'll be prompted to clear that cached data. For sure, a handy tip to clear up some space if you absolutely need it. Just remember, running any computer at the edge of its storage capacity limits probably won't help performance much, so jamming that cleared space full of even more stuff might not be the best idea.

via Reddit

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=898440028 Michael Ruocco

    Still waiting for 4.2 to hit my Galaxy Nexus in Boston. I keep spamming the sh*t out of my Check for Update button!

    • chris

      Disable location services, then force stop/clear data on Google services framework. Profit.

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        I didn't even have to disable location services. just force stop THEN clear data on google services framework.

        yes, the way you do it is important.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=898440028 Michael Ruocco

          I've been doing that for the last 2 days and nothing! After I did that I went to check for update and it still says I'm up to date. And I have a takju version I purchased throught Play Store. Thanks guys for the help though. I appreciate it

          • ddpacino

            Do you have a GSM Gnex or a Verizon Gnex?

          • http://twitter.com/mikeyb2001 Michael Burke

            playstore nexus is always gsm

          • http://www.facebook.com/harutalbert Albert Harutyunyan

            I assure you, you dont need this update, it really sucks, the 4.1.1 is muuuuuch more better. I am disapointed.(

  • nukeblitz

    I need this on my phone NOW! Titanium keeps crashing out :P

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I'm not 'stuck' with anything. I bought the 8gb because I thought it was best for me at the time, and it was. I also realize this is what I get for becoming an early adopter.

    One thing that does bother me is that it says I have 3.35MB of pictures or 20KB of downloads..yet I've never stored pictures and I deleted my downloads.

    • CJ

      Dont they count the wallpaper as pictures?

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        They might, I don't know. Hadn't thought of that either.

  • brad

    you can clear all the cached data all at once on ics also

    • spydie

      not on my SGS3

  • http://www.facebook.com/ygor.vaz.3 Ygor Vaz

    How I'm feeling with my 4.1.2 galaxy nexus yakju - http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/1912/soundofmusicq.jpg

  • http://www.facebook.com/ygor.vaz.3 Ygor Vaz

    How I'm feeling with my 4.1.2 galaxy nexus yakju: http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/1912/soundofmusicq.jpg

    • onpoint G

      Yo thats from Sound of music...I mean someone told me

  • Guest

    How I'm feeling with my 4.1.2 galaxy nexus yakju: look at all those functions I can't use.

  • Souvik Kar

    Is there a way to share files between users .. specially video files which tend to take quite a bit of storage

  • Sorian

    Don't know if this is new.

    Tapping the other listed categories brings up their respected app or setting. Misc. brings up a way to clear off stored data on device (removed folders for apps already uninstalled). Downloads caused a force close.

  • mgamerz

    A feature for the 8GB users I presume?

  • JulianHaro

    Anyone having problems with 4.2? My Galaxy Nexus got it yesterday and it's quite buggy. The keyboard lags now and transitions just don't go as smoothly as before. I also thought there would be pinch to zoom in gmail? That's not working for me. There's also a half second delay when pushing the power key to lock and unlock the phone. Should I factory reset?

    • Simon Belmont

      There's a setting for pinch to zoom in Gmail. You have to set it to auto-fit, I believe.

      Then pinch to zoom is enabled. If you're having lag, the best idea might be to factory reset your phone. Updates can sometimes can badly with existing app data. Just a thought.

  • http://www.hell.com xaml

    Well, the HTC One S running 4.0.4 already offers this and even more by providing a second option to only clear the cache of applications which were least used in the last couple of months.

  • Melissa Peterson

    Don't know if this has been mentioned at some point already, but when presented with the window to choose which application to open, you can just double tap the desired one (if you want to only use it once) instead of tapping it and then tapping on the "use it once" button. This is only in 4.2 though.

  • http://www.yepiclip.com/ yepi

    How good this article is! I like it. I will share with my friends.

  • http://twitter.com/ButcherChop ButcherChop

    Funny how I go to to clear my cache and it's just taking forever to open up. Uggh.

    • http://www.ninjaromeo.com/ Panneer Selvan

      hey worked for me. just try it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/miki.gavette Miki Gavette
  • Hamid Hussain

    how do i clear cache files on my nexus s i9020?

  • http://www.yepi-yepi.com/ Yepi Friv

    how do i clear cache files on my nexus s i9020?

  • Hero123

    I cant see a cache data option

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    It's interesting and original and it really engages the reader. I love your take in this subject matter.