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5 Easy Ways To Clear Cache On Samsung TV (2022 How-To)

How To Clear Cache On Samsung TV

Installing new apps and games is all fine and happy until… 

Your Samsung TV starts to glitch and lag. 

It used to process everything in the blink of an eye. 

But now… 

5 blinks later, and it’s still loading. 

Fortunately, you can easily fix this by clearing your device’s cache. 

Continue reading to find out: 

  • 5 easy ways to clear the cache of your TV. 
  • When and why you need to clear your system’s cache. 
  • How you can quickly delete the unused apps of your specific TV model. 
  • And a lot more… 

How to clear cache on Samsung TV?

To clear cache on Samsung TV, you can delete unused apps and reset the Smart Hub. For newer models, you can also clear the app cache and data directly. As for older models, you can clear the browsing data of your device. 


5 ways to clear cache on Samsung TV


#1: Power cycle your TV

Like computers and mobile devices, your Samsung TV also contains caches. 

Caches are little storage spaces your device uses to process your requests effectively. 

Your apps and browsers all have caches. 

And likewise… 

Your TV system memory also stores them to help customize your experience. 

But the good thing is…

It’s incredibly easy to clear system caches. 

All you have to do is power cycle your TV…

And you’ll empty your TV’s temporarily stored memory in minutes. 

But wait…

What does power cycling even mean?

It simply refers to draining a device’s power through unplugging. 

So really, all you have to do is unplug your TV.

Power Cycle Your TV

But to make power cycling more effective, follow these specific steps: 

  1. Turn your Samsung TV off. 
  2. Unplug it from its power source. 
  3. While unplugged, hold the power button for 20 seconds. 
  4. Plug the TV back to power.

You’ll clear out any residual power from your TV by doing this.

And that stops any active tasks that use cache to run.

You might also like: 15 Best Ways To Speed Up A Slow Samsung Smart TV

#2: Delete unused apps 

There are always new apps coming out for Samsung TVs. 

And nothing’s more tempting than a free-to-download promising app, right? 

But as easy as it is to install these apps to your TV… 

It’s also easy to forget that you installed them in the first place. 

And before you know it, over time… 

You have a bunch of random apps you never even open anymore. 

So… 

Another way to free up some space on your TV is to delete your unused apps. 

Every app stores cache in your TV.

And the more cache you fill, the more your Samsung TV slows down. 

So why bother keeping apps you don’t even use anymore, right? 

Fortunately, it’s easy to delete apps from your Samsung TV

Thinking about which apps to delete? This can even be more challenging than the process itself. 

I’ve also listed down different ways to do this depending on your TV model. 

So don’t worry even if your TV isn’t the latest one. I got you. 

To delete apps on post-2020 TV models:

  1. Press Home to launch Samsung TV’s Smart Hub.
  2. Head to Settings. 
  3. Select Support > Device Care. 
  4. Choose Manage Storage. 
  5. Select the app you’d like to delete. 
  6. Click Delete on the upper right of your screen. 

To delete apps on 2015-2016 TV models:

  1. Tap Home on your remote.
  2. Head to Apps > My Apps.
  3. Click Options. 
  4. Choose Delete. 
  5. Select the apps you want to delete. 
  6. Confirm the deletion. 
  7. Wait for the process to finish. 

To delete apps on 2017-2019 TV models:

  1. Press Home on your remote.
  2. Select Apps or the icon with 4 boxes. 
  3. Click the gear icon on the upper-right corner. 
  4. On your settings menu, head to Downloaded Apps.
  5. Scroll through the apps and highlight the 1 you want to delete. 
  6. Select the app and click Delete. 

Note: You can’t delete pre-installed apps on Samsung TVs. Some examples of these apps are Netflix, Google, and Youtube. 

#3: Clear app cache and data

It’s more tempting to install apps on newer TV models. 

Which means it’s also easier to fill up their cache. 

And I guess Samsung knows too. 

Seeing that in newer TV models… 

They’ve included a direct and convenient way to clear out your TV’s app cache and data. 

For post-2020 TVs, all you have to do is:

Step 1: Press the home button on your TV remote and select settings on your screen. 

Step 2: Scroll down until your find Support and highlight it. 

Step 3: On the support tab, click Device Care. This scan will show the current conditions of your TV. 

Step 4: Select the Manage Storage at the bottom after the scan. 

Step 5: Your apps will be displayed in this window. 

Step 6: Highlight the app you want to clear the cache of. 

Step 7: Select Clear Cache.

Step 8: After clearing the cache, select Clear Data. 

Repeat steps 6 to 8 on the apps you want to clear the cache of. 

Note: If you want to clean your data thoroughly, I recommend clearing the cache of every app on your device.

Too time-consuming for you?

Then, I recommend at least clearing the streaming apps on your TV. As they can accumulate a lot of caches. 

#4: Clear browsing data

As mentioned in the method above… 

Only newer TV models have the direct function to delete app cache and data. 

And if you’re thinking… 

Well, how ‘bout my older TV?” 

Don’t worry, as there’s also a different method to clear out their cache. 

And to be more specific… 

To delete their browsing data. 

The steps you need to follow to clear your browsing data depend on your TV model. 

But as always…

Rest assured that I got your TV model covered. 

Just follow along and find the tutorial corresponding to your TV model. 

For MU/M/Q/NU/RU and Frame Model TVs (2017-2019):

  1. Press Home on your remote. 
  2. Select Settings. 
  3. Go to the Broadcasting tab. 
  4. Select Expert Settings. 
  5. Scroll down and click the HbbTV Settings. 
  6. Select Delete Browsing Data. 
  7. Confirm by choosing Delete. 

Note: If you can’t find Broadcasting on step 3, select TV as your input source first.

For K/KS/KU Model TVs (2016)

  1. Head to your TV’s home page. 
  2. Proceed to Settings.
  3. Find and select Broadcasting. 
  4. Choose Expert Settings. 
  5. Choose HbbTV Settings from the options. 
  6. Select Delete Browsing Data. 
  7. Confirm the deletion by choosing Yes. 

For JU/JS/J Model Tvs (2015)

Step 1: On your TV, open the web browser app. 

Step 2: Select the gear icon or your Settings on the upper-right corner of the screen

Step 3: On the left of your screen, choose Privacy & Security from the options. 

Step 4: Scroll down until you find the Delete Browsing Data option. 

Step 5: Highlight and select it.

Step 6: Tap Yes to confirm the deletion of your cache. 

Further reading: (3 Steps) How To Scan For Channels On Samsung TV

#5: Reset the Smart Hub

1 factor that makes your Smart TV so intelligent is its Smart Hub. 

It’s a menu system created by Samsung to allow convenient access to all the functions of your unit. 

But aside from letting you initiate commands… 

This is also where your downloaded apps and saved accounts’ caches are stored. 

And as we know… 

It’s not convenient to fill up any type of storage on your TV.

So just like you did to your app caches…

You also have to clear out your Smart Hub’s memory.

And щдк can do this by resetting your Smart Hub. 

Note: Resetting your Smart Hub will log you out of your apps and browsers. Make sure you know your login credentials before proceeding. 

Different models require different steps to reset the Smart Hub. 

And for post-2020 TV models, these are the steps to reset your Smart Hub:

  1. On your remote, press Home. 
  2. Select Settings on your screen. 
  3. Scroll down and highlight Support > Device care. 
  4. At the bottom of your screen, select Self Diagnosis. 
  5. Click Reset Smart Hub.

For 2016-2019 TV models:

  1. Select Home on your remote. 
  2. Head to Settings and then Support. 
  3. Select the Self Diagnosis option. 
  4. Tap Reset Smart Hub. 

For 2015 TV models:

  1. Head to your TV’s menu. 
  2. Select Smart Hub.
  3. Choose Reset Smart Hub. 

Note: If a window pops up asking for a pin code, the default pin for all TV models is 0000. 

Bonus: Factory Reset your TV

In rare cases…

Doing the methods listed above won’t clear up enough storage. 

If you’re experiencing the same…

Consider doing a factory reset on your TV. 

Don’t worry, even if you’re not familiar with performing a factory reset. 

As although it’s the most thorough cache clearing that you can do…

It’s still an extremely easy process. 

What does a factory reset even do?”

To answer that, a factory reset reverts all your TV settings to their default state.

And…

It also deletes any cache and data stored on your device. 

The settings it reverts to their normal calibrations are: 

  • Channel menu settings. 
  • Clock and timer settings. 
  • Picture and sound settings. 
  • Other settings you could have changed. 

Note: A factory reset doesn’t affect your Network Settings as these can only be changed manually. 

Some of the data that a factory reset clears out are: 

  • Downloaded media.
  • Apps that aren’t pre-installed. 
  • Saved accounts and login credentials. 

The simplest way to understand what a factory reset is…

To think back to how your TV was when you first bought it. 

There were no:

  • Accounts.
  • Customized settings.
  • Apps (apart from the pre-installed ones). 

And that’s how your TV will look again after the factory reset. 

So before doing it… 

Pro tip: List down all the current apps and customized settings on your Samsung TV. This way, you can just refer back to them when setting it up again. 

The factory reset process of your unit depends on the year it was produced.

For 2017-2021 TVs:

  1. Press Home on your remote. 
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and choose General. 
  4. At the bottom of the menu list, select Reset. 
  5. Enter your pin. The default is 0000. 
  6. Select Yes. 

For more information on how to reset the newest Samsung TV models, watch this:

For 2016 TVs:

  1. Turn your TV ON and press Home on your remote. 
  2. Head to Settings and scroll down to select Support. 
  3. Choose Self Diagnosis from the options. 
  4. Scroll down and select Reset. 
  5. Enter the pin code. 0000 is the default. 
  6. Choose Yes to confirm. 

For 2015 TVs:

  1. Power ON your TV.
  2. On your remote, press Menu. 
  3. Select Support > Self Diagnosis. 
  4. Choose Reset from the options. 
  5. Enter your TV’s security pin. 
  6. On the window that pops up, select Yes. 

Note: Your TV may turn ON and OFF several times during the reset process. Don’t interrupt your device until the initial setup screen shows up. 

Do you need to clear the cache on Samsung TV?

You need to clear the cache on Samsung TV when your device starts slowing down or you don’t have enough storage. Clearing the cache removes temporary files and data. This lets your system load faster and process newer tasks more efficiently.