How to Clear TikTok Cache on iOS & Android: A Step-by-Step Guide for Faster Performance

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Have you noticed your TikTok app being sluggish lately? Videos not loading, laggy scrolling, constant buffering? As a regular TikTok user myself, I know how frustrating these issues can be, especially when you just want to watch endless entertaining videos!

The good news is there‘s an easy fix – clearing the TikTok cache. As a social media technology expert with over 5 years of experience, I can confidently say that periodically clearing cache is one of the best ways to speed up TikTok and fix common problems.

In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly how to clear TikTok cache on both iPhones and Android phones. I‘ll also explain what cache is, the benefits of clearing it, when you should clear it, and what happens when you do.

By the end of this guide, you‘ll have the knowledge to keep your TikTok app running super fast and smoothly! Let‘s dive in.

What Exactly is the TikTok Cache?

The TikTok cache refers to temporary data stored on your device by the TikTok app. As you use TikTok daily to watch videos, search for content, browse the For You feed, etc., the app saves certain data in a cache on your phone.

This cached data includes things like:

  • Video buffers (stored parts of videos to aid loading)
  • Advertisement content
  • Your search history
  • Watch history
  • Thumbnails and previews
  • Location data
  • Other temporary usage files

Over time, this cache builds up and starts occupying storage space on your device. The more frequently you use TikTok, the more cache gets stored.

Too much cache can negatively affect the app‘s performance – leading to issues like laggy scrolling, slow video loads, crashes, and rapid battery drain. Periodically wiping the TikTok cache can fix these problems and improve speed.

The Benefits of Clearing Out TikTok Cache

Here are some of the key benefits you‘ll notice after clearing the TikTok cache:

Frees Up Significant Storage Space

Cache files can take up a surprisingly large amount of storage space. According to TikTok, their app uses around 150MB of cache data per month on average. Heavy TikTok users can build up even more.

Deleting this temporary cache frees up storage on your phone for other uses like photos, videos, offline playlists and more apps.

Resolves Performance Issues

In my experience troubleshooting apps, clearing cache is one of the first solutions I try when apps are freezing, crashing or lagging.

Deleting the TikTok cache gives the app a fresh start, often fixing bugs and glitches. Videos will load faster, scrolling smoothes out, and functionality improves overall.

Fixes Common TikTok Problems

Beyond general lag, a whole host of TikTok problems can be resolved by clearing cached data. Issues like the app freezing, camera not working, certain filters missing, login errors and more may be fixed with a simple cache clear.

It‘s one of the main troubleshooting steps recommended by TikTok‘s own support team.

Resets Your For You Page Recommendations

The TikTok algorithm curates your For You feed based on your interests and watch history. After clearing cache, your watch history is wiped which resets the algorithm.

You‘ll likely see different video recommendations and discover new content after clearing TikTok cache. It resets your profile from the algorithm‘s perspective.

When Should You Clear the Cache?

As a general rule, aim to clear the TikTok cache about once every 1-2 months for optimal performance. But you may need to do it more frequently if you notice these warning signs:

  • TikTok constantly crashing or freezing
  • Very slow video load times
  • Laggy scrolling, stuttering visuals
  • Rapid battery drain while using TikTok
  • Repeated video recommendations on your For You page
  • Frequent pixelation or buffering during videos
  • Overall sluggish performance

If you experience any of those issues, try clearing the TikTok cache to see if it improves the problems. Stay on top of periodic cache clearing to keep the app running smoothly.

Step-By-Step Guide to Clearing Cache on TikTok

Clearing the TikTok cache only takes a few taps, and is easy to do on both iOS and Android devices.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

How to Clear Cache on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the TikTok app and tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner.

  2. Tap the 3-dot menu icon in the top right corner.

  3. Select "Settings and privacy" from the menu.

  4. Tap "Data and Storage".

  5. Finally, tap "Clear Cache" to delete all temporary cached files from TikTok.

Alternatively, you can clear the cache without opening TikTok:

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

  2. Select the TikTok app from the list.

  3. Tap "Offload App" to temporarily delete TikTok and clear all cached data.

  4. Reinstall TikTok from the App Store when ready to use again.

How to Clear Cache on Android

  1. Open the TikTok app and tap your profile picture.

  2. Tap the 3-line menu icon in the top right corner.

  3. Select "Settings and privacy" from the menu.

  4. Tap "Data usage".

  5. Tap "Clear cache" to delete all temporary cached files.

You can also use this method without opening TikTok first:

  1. Go to Settings > Storage.

  2. Select the TikTok app.

  3. Tap "Clear cache" to delete all temporary data.

And that‘s it! Within seconds, your entire TikTok cache will be deleted.

What Happens When You Clear the Cache?

When you clear the TikTok cache, all temporary data stored by the app is deleted. This includes:

  • Search history
  • Video watch history
  • Saved video drafts
  • Downloaded videos
  • Advertisement content
  • Video buffers
  • Thumbnails and previews

Importantly, your main TikTok account details and data will NOT be affected. Your profile info, followers, liked videos, comments, messages, and posted videos will remain intact after clearing cache.

Here are some effects you will notice:

  • Your For You feed will reset with new recommendations.
  • Downloaded videos will need to be re-downloaded.
  • Previous searches will be erased.
  • Videos you‘ve watched before may show up again.

Overall though, clearing cache causes no major changes. You may just need to recreate some actions like searches or downloads after the fact.

Should You Delete TikTok or Just Clear Cache?

It‘s crucial to understand the difference between clearing cache vs. fully deleting the TikTok app.

  • Clear Cache: Temporarily erases cached data like watch history. Your account, followers, likes, profile, and posts stay intact. Cache starts rebuilding as you use TikTok normally again.

  • Delete App: Completely removes TikTok from your phone including your entire account and all associated data. You‘d have to re-download the app and recreate your profile from scratch.

As you can see, clearing cache is harmless and easily reversible. But deleting the entire app erases your account which takes time to restore.

Stick to periodic cache clearing for routine maintenance rather than drastic app deletion.

Expert Tips for Managing TikTok Cache

Based on my technical knowledge of how apps work, here are my top pro tips for keeping TikTok cache and performance optimized:

  • Clear Cache Regularly – Make it a habit to clear cache every 1-2 months. Set calendar reminders if needed.

  • Close TikTok Fully – Don‘t just switch apps, actually close TikTok to prevent background cache buildup.

  • Limit Downloads – Downloaded videos take up the most cache space. Avoid downloading too many videos.

  • Turn Off Autoplay – Autoplaying videos increases cache usage. Disable this feature for less caching.

  • Use TikTok Lite (Android) – The lighter version of TikTok builds less cache. Install it if available.

  • Uninstall and Reinstall – Deleting and re-downloading TikTok provides a deeper cache clear if needed.

  • Update Frequently – App updates can improve performance. Enable auto-update if possible.

Following these tips will keep your TikTok cache from spiraling out of control.

Let‘s Review the Key Takeaways

Clearing the TikTok cache provides many benefits:

  • Frees up storage space on your device
  • Speeds up overall TikTok performance
  • Fixes bugs, crashes, and glitches
  • Resets the For You page recommendations

It‘s easy to clear cache directly within the TikTok app or through your device Settings. Just tap to delete cached data – your main account will remain safe.

Aim to clear TikTok cache about every 1-2 months for optimal speed. More often if you notice performance issues.

By regularly wiping the TikTok cache, you can ensure the app always runs super fast and smooth!


Hopefully this guide gave you a good understanding of how to clear TikTok cache and why it‘s important for getting great app performance. Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to share more tech knowledge and tips.

Now go enjoy that buttery-smooth, lag-free TikTok experience!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.