Discord is a fun way to chat with others, whether they’re your close friends or fellow fans of a game or TV show you love. However, did you know that as you use Discord, its cache slowly fills up with media that take up disk space?
In this article, we’ll show you how to find and clear your Discord cache and why you might want to do so.
How to Clear Your Discord Cache
The steps for clearing your discord cache depends on which version you’re using; the online web app, the desktop program, or the mobile app. Because Discord doesn’t have a button to clear your cache at the time of writing, you’ll need to do it manually on your system of choice.
How to Find and Clear the Discord Cache on Windows
First, if you’re using the installed client on PC (not the browser version), you can find the cache in the Discord system files. In Windows, you can do this by clicking the Start button, typing %appdata%, then clicking the result that appears.
Go to the Discord folder, then find the Cache folder. Delete all the files you see inside.
How to Clear the Discord Cache in a Web Browser
If you use Discord in your browser, it will save its data to your browser’s cache folder. As such, clearing your browser’s cache will also scrub away your Discord files.
To clear your cache on Chrome, press CTRL + SHIFT + DEL, then select Cached images and files > Clear data.
To clear your cache on Firefox, click the three bars at the top right, then select Options.
Select Privacy & Security, then find Cookies and Site Data and click Clear Data.
How to Clear the Discord Cache on Android
On Android, you don’t need to hunt down where the cache folder is. Android has a handy button that allows you to clear the cache of any app on your system. Once you learn how to clear the cache on Android for any app, you can do the same with the Discord app to wipe the cache clean.
How to Clear the Discord Cache on iPhone
Clearing the cache on your iPhone, on the other hand, is a little trickier. Sometimes the iPhone will let you clear the cache, but sometimes you need to uninstall and reinstall the app.
We covered all the options you have in our guide detailing how to clear the cache on your iPhone, so give it a read to see what you can do.
Why Clear Your Discord Cache?
There are two reasons you should clear your cache. First, the cache stores media so you don’t have to re-download it every time you see it. However, as time goes on, files that you no longer care for will linger in the cache folder. Clearing the folder frees up some space for more important things.
Second, Discord saves images to your cache even if someone deletes them. Thus, if someone harasses a server you’re in by spamming illegal or disturbing imagery, Discord will save this in the cache even after the mods delete all the images.
Therefore, clearing the cache helps prevent you from getting into trouble over images you didn’t want to see in the first place.
Learning the Tips and Tricks of Discord
If you use Discord a lot, it may be worth clearing the app’s cache. Not only will it free up room, but any unwanted imagery will also get deleted.
This one trick is just the tip of the Discord iceberg, however. There are plenty of other tips and tricks that help make Discord a powerful tool for managing communities.
Here’s a handy downloadable cheat sheet for everything you need to know about Discord.
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