How To Clear the Spotify Cache
If you use Spotify regularly, you have probably noticed your hard drive filling up even though you haven’t downloaded anything new. That’s because Spotify caches files on your computer to allow its app to run faster. While this is very convenient, it can become problematic if you’re always low on disk space.
In this article, you will learn more about cache memory, how Spotify uses it to improve its service, and discover tips to clear the Spotify cache on your computer or phone.
What Is Cache Memory?
In computing, cache memory represents the portion of the total storage space used by software (or even hardware) to store specific data to speed up data extraction. In other words, cache memory allows the software to retrieve the information that you have requested faster, simply by storing and “remembering” data while you are using the software.
Although cache memory helps software run more smoothly, it can significantly slow down your computer, tablet, or mobile device after a while. As you can guess, problems occur when the cache memory isn’t cleaned.
Since Spotify is one of the popular digital music services nowadays, its users should know how to clean its cache. Otherwise, it can “eat” their device’s storage, leaving them insufficient space to install new software. If you’d like to delete all of your downloaded Spotify songs, you can also do that if you’d prefer, but here’s how to clear your Spotify cache.
How Does Spotify Use Your Device’s Memory?
Sure, everyone associates cache with tidbits of data used for faster app performance and custom/personalized settings, but with Spotify, it’s actually what most consider as storage. While Google and various games use cache to save settings and progress, Spotify saves songs and playlists for faster replays that reduce the load on their servers. Selfish? Maybe.
Spotify uses the available cache/memory for two reasons. The first reason is to store temporary music, or snippets of music used for streaming.
The second reason is to store the downloaded music in case you use Spotify Premium and want to have your library available for offline streaming. Yeah, it says “in case.”
Of course, the first reason is the most important, so let’s explain it further.
Whenever you stream a song from Spotify, the software stores and encrypts the track in your device’s memory/cache. By doing this, Spotify can play that same song from the cache memory directly instead of connecting and streaming it from their servers.
This means that the more you use Spotify, the less memory your device has to function. That’s why cleaning your device’s cache memory every now and then is necessary.
The following section will show you how.
Cleaning the Spotify Cache
Since Spotify is available for almost all operating systems, the steps to clean your Spotify cache depend on the OS your device is running.
Clear Spotify Cache on Mac
If your device is running macOS, you will need to take the following steps to delete the Spotify cache:
Open Finder and click ‘Go’ at the top of your Mac. Then click ‘Computer.’
Double-click on your Macintosh and select ‘Users.’ Then select which profile you’re clearing the cache on.
Select the Library folder.
Search for the Cache folder and open it.
Look for “com.spotify.client”.
Delete the folder located inside “com.spotify.client”. You can drag and drop this to the trash bin, or use Control+click to access the menu to delete the file.
In case you also want to clear the offline files cache, you should follow these steps:
- Go into Library.
- Select Application Support.
- Click on Spotify.
- Delete the “watch-sources.bnk” file.
Clear Spotify Cache on Windows
Windows users can get Spotify either from the streamer’s official website or from the Windows store. The cache deletion process will depend on where you have downloaded your version of Spotify from.
If you have downloaded Spotify from the official website, do the following:
- Go to your local disk (usually labeled C).
- Select Users.
- Select your username folder.
- Click on AppData and choose Local.
- In the Local folder, click on Spotify.
- Delete the Storage folder.
If you got the app from the Windows Store, here’s what to do:
- Type “%appdata%” into your computer’s search bar.
- In the address bar, click on AppData then select Local.
- Click on Packages.
- Select SpotifyAB.SpotifyMusic_zpdnekdrzrea0.
- Open LocalCache and enter the Spotify folder.
- Open Data.
- Delete all files and folders found in the Data folder.
Clear Spotify Cache on iPhone
In order to clear the Spotify cache, you will need to visit your phone’s Settings and tap General. Tap iPhone Storage, and locate ‘Spotify.‘ Tap it and select ‘Offload App.’
As with clearing the cache on other devices, this will remove any unnecessary stored files and data. Performing these steps shouldn’t remove any of your playlists within the app or your login credentials.
Assuming you’re still having an issue with Spotify’s storage you can delete and reinstall the app brand new, but you will need to sign in again.
Clear Spotify Cache on Android
If you are an Android user, do the following to clear your Spotify app cache:
- Go to Settings on your phone and tap on Apps (or Applications depending on the version of Android OS).
- Locate and tap on Spotify.
- Tap ‘Storage.’
- Tap ‘Clear Cache.’
Similar to the iOS instructions above, doing this will not remove your login credentials (but the ‘Clear Data’ option will). If you continue to have storage issues with Spotify, clear the data or delete and reinstall the app altogether.
Clear Cache in Spotify
You can also clear the Spotify cache from within the application. The instructions vary slightly depending on which OS you’re using but they start the same.
Open Spotify and tap on the Settings cog in the upper right-hand corner.
If you’re using iOS tap ‘Storage.’ Then, tap ‘Delete Cache.’
If you’re using an Android tap ‘Clear Cache.’
Free More Space on Your Device
Regardless of what device you are using, ensuring that there’s always enough storage space is crucial if you want the device to work properly.
Like every single piece of software that you run on your device, Spotify relies on memory to deliver optimal service without taking up too much of your bandwidth. Whether you’re looking to free up storage space or delete songs you’ve downloaded for offline listening, you can do so by clearing the Spotify cache.