How To Clear the Cache in Discord
Your Discord app stores images, GIFs, and videos to help speed up loading times. While this is a convenient feature on the surface, the process can consume too much memory over time. Thus, users may find themselves out of storage space quickly.
Thankfully, Discord users can always clear their caches without much trouble. Doing so may result in slower image loading times, but you’ll free up lots of space. Read on to find out how the process goes on most platforms.
How To Clear the Cache in Discord on an iPhone
The good news is that iPhone users can clear their Discord cache. The bad news, however, is they have to uninstall the app to do so. That is because iOS doesn’t have a direct way to delete cache data on the fly.
Thus, the only alternative is to uninstall Discord. Doing so does clear the cache, but you’ll have to reinstall the app again. This process is unavoidable until Apple decides to implement a feature that lets users manually delete cache data.
Here’s how you’ll uninstall Discord from your iPhone:
- Grab your iPhone and go to the Settings menu.
- Tap on “General.”
- Head to “iPhone Storage.”
- Scroll down and look for the Discord app.
- Tap on it to open the app’s specifics.
- Choose the “Delete App” option.
- Select “Delete App” again to confirm your decision.
After the app is gone, your cache files will also be deleted. However, if you want to continue using Discord, you’ll have to reinstall the app from the App Store. Repeating this process many times can be time-consuming, but unfortunately, there aren’t any alternatives at the moment.
How To Clear the Cache in Discord on an Android
Fortunately for Android device users, the operating system already allows users to clear the Discord cache. The process works for every app you install, too.
While all Android mobile devices are different, you can follow a general pattern to delete your cache data. You should easily find your Settings menu just by swiping down from the home screen or any pages.
Here are the general steps for clearing your Discord cache on Android:
- On your Android device, find your Settings menu.
- Look for the “Apps” option.
- Find Discord among the list of installed apps.
- Once you scroll down and find Discord, tap on it.
- Locate the “Storage” section and select it.
- The option to clear the cache data should be visible.
- Tap on it and confirm your choice.
As every smartphone manufacturer has its own operating system based on Android, the exact steps will likely differ. Even so, the instructions above can work for practically all Android smartphones in the market.
For example, some mobile phones have the “clear cache” option right when you tap on Discord’s information. Others have the button behind some different options. We recommend you familiarize yourself with your phone’s controls before clearing your Discord cache on Android.
How To Clear the Cache in Discord on Windows
If you use Discord on your browser, you don’t have to worry about clearing your caches. This section and the one for Mac will only be helpful for those who download the desktop Discord client. As you install the Discord client, the software will discreetly save all the images, GIFS, and videos you come across while socializing with others online.
Even though computers have a lot of space compared to smartphones, some users can’t afford to have too many image files saved on their computers. A bloated PC can also slow down, which isn’t an ideal situation.
Thus, if you’re looking to clear your Discord cache on Windows, follow these instructions:
- On your Windows PC, click on the search bar on the taskbar or in Windows Explorer.
- Type “
%appdata%\discord” into the textbox.
- Press Enter to bring up the AppData folder.
- Inside the Discord folder, you’ll find folders named “Cache,” “Code Cache,” and “GPUCache.”
- Highlight all three of the folders.
- Press the Delete key or right-click and select “Delete.”
- Go to your Recycle Bin.
- Empty it or manually delete the folders permanently.
If you don’t delete the folders, the storage space is still occupied by the cache files. Only when you permanently delete them will the storage space be freed up. Performing a cache cleanse once a month should free up plenty of space on your hard drive.
How To Clear the Cache in Discord on a Mac
The Discord client is also available on Mac, a testament to its popularity. Just like on Windows PCs, you can also find the cache folders and delete them safely. If you don’t tamper with other files, your Discord client will run just fine.
As with Windows, this doesn’t apply to in-browser Discord users.
Here’s how the process goes on a Mac:
- On your Mac, open the Finder.
- Click on “Go.”
- Select “Go To Folder.”
- Type “
~/Library/Application Support/discord/” in the textbox.
- In the Discord folder, find the folders named “Cache,” “Code Cache,” and “GPUCache.”
- Highlight them with your cursor.
- Right-click and select “Move To Trash.”
- Right-click the Trash icon on your Dock.
- Click on “Empty Trash” to permanently delete the cache files.
As you can see, the process is incredibly similar to that on Windows.
Why Clear My Discord Cache?
The most compelling reason to clear your cache is to free up storage space. If you’ve been using Discord for a long time, you’re likely going to have lots of files saved as part of your cache. Smartphone users may find it a waste of storage space.
Freeing it up will thus let you install more apps or even update your mobile games.
Another reason is that Discord saves every image you come across, even illegal content. If you accidentally saw disturbing and compromising media, you should wipe your cache immediately. That way, you won’t be in legal trouble in the event someone finds out.
Time for a Purge
Other than iPhone users, everyone should find clearing their Discord cache simple. The steps barely take any time, a few minutes at most. Deleting your cache files not only frees up storage space but also removes unwanted media.
Have you cleared your Discord cache before reading the article? Do you think iPhone users should be able to clear app caches? Let us know in the comments section below.