How To Clear YouTube Cache

Clearing your YouTube cache is a great way to improve your viewing experience. It can also help if you’re having problems with the video playback or with the website itself.

In this article, we’re going to look at exactly how to clear YouTube cache on PC, mobile, and even your smart TV.

Let’s get started.

How to clear the YouTube App cache

If you are using YouTube on a mobile device, whether it’s android or iOS, clearing the catch is a fairly straightforward process.

This is how to clear the YouTube App cache:

Open your smartphone “Settings”.

Scroll and select “Apps”.

Select “Apps” from the options.

From the list select “YouTube”.

Select “Storage”.

Acess YouTube storage

Tap “Clear cache”.

How to clear YouTube cache on the mobile app

Note: On an iOS device it may say “Offload App” instead.

How to clear YouTube cache on PC

Clearing your YouTube cache from your PC, be it Windows or Mac, the process is the same as you need to clear the cache from within the web browser you are using.

This is how to clear YouTube cache from a Chrome browser:

Tap on the three dots in the top right corner.

Hover over “History” with your cursor and then select “History” from the menu that appears.

In the menu on the left, select “Clear browsing data”.

Select clear browsing data

Make sure the time range is set to “All time” and only “Cached images and files” are selected.

How to clear YouTube cache on chrome

Select the “Clear data” button to clear the cache.

Note: This will clear the cache from all of the sites that you have visited with that browser. This won’t log you out of any sites though, that is only done if you clear your cookies and other site data.

If you’re unable to access certain areas of YouTube but the site still loads videos properly, then you most likely need to turn off restricted mode on YouTube.

How to clear YouTube cache on a Smart TV

Clearing the cache on a smart TV is similar to clearing the cache on a mobile device. Follow these steps to clear the YouTube cache on your smart TV:

Turn on the TV and navigate to the settings panel.

Scroll down and select “Apps”.

Select “See all apps”.

Select “YouTube”.

Scroll down and select “Clear cache”.

How to clear YouTubes cache on a smart TV

Select “OK” to confirm.

P.s. These are the steps to follow using a Sony Bravia Smart TV, but the process is similar for most TV brands.


What happens if I clear my YouTube cache?

Clearing the YouTube cache will improve your viewing experience as it will remove any stored data that may be causing issues. It will free up space on your device allowing it to process the data more efficiently, creating less lag.

What does cache do on YouTube?

The cache stores parts of pages, like images, icons, placeholders, etc. so that they load faster the next time you visit them. It is designed to improve your browsing experience by making pages load quicker.

Is it good to clear YouTube cache?

Yes, it is good to clear YouTube cache as it can improve your viewing experience and fix any playback issues that you may be having. Clearing your cache can also help improve the performance of your device overall.

How often should I clear my YouTube cache?

It is generally recommended that you clear your YouTube cache every few weeks to keep things running smoothly. However, if you are having issues with playback or the website itself, it may be necessary to clear your cache more often.

Does YouTube cache videos?

No, YouTube uses Dynamic Active Streaming over HTTP (DASH) that adapts the video stream resolution to match the user’s bandwidth. As video files can be so large now and internet speeds are so fast, this is a much more efficient method.

David Woutersen

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David is the founder of and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online, while for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.