Your phone stores a wealth of information such as apps you download, websites you visit, and searches you perform. Clearing out the caches and data for apps will clear out this information, however, you must clear the cache and data for each app separately.

However, apps such as Gmail, Search, Chrome, and the various Google Play apps are all included in Google Play Services. The caches and data for these apps can be managed in one place. We’ll show you how to manage data stored by Google Play Services on Google devices and Samsung devices.

On a Google device, such as a Nexus 7, swipe down from the right side of the notification bar at the top of the screen and touch the “Settings” button.

In the “Device” section of the “Settings” screen, touch “Apps.”

There are three sections of the Apps screen: “Downloaded,” “Running,” and “All”. Swipe the headings to the right or left to move among the sections. Scroll down and find the “Google Play services” app under “Downloaded”, which is the default heading that displays, and touch it.

On the “App info” screen for “Google Play services,” touch “Manage space” to manage the store for your Google Play services account.

The “Google Play services storage” screen displays. To manage the search data for your Google Play apps, touch the “Manage search data” button under “Search Data.”

The “Search Data” screen displays listing the space usage by app. To clear the cache or data for a specific app, touch the app name in the list.

On the “App info” screen, you can clear the data for the app by touching the “Clear data” button in the “Storage” section.

A dialog box displays warning you that all of this app’s data will be deleted permanently.

NOTE: This is not recommended unless you want to reset an app or are uninstalling an app.

If you are sure you want to delete the app’s data, touch “OK” or touch “Cancel” to avoid deleting this data.

Touch the “Clear cache” in the “Cache” section to clear the cache for the selected app. No dialog box displays; the size of the cache above the “Clear cache” button decreases.

Some apps with Google Drive integration store files on your device to improve performance and allow you to use the apps offline. To clear these files, touch the “Clear” button under “Local Drive storage.”

The “Clear all data” dialog box displays warning you about deleting these files. There may be some pending changes you can lose if they have not been uploaded to the Google Drive server yet. If you are ready to delete these files, touch “OK.” This can be useful if you’re having trouble with files syncing to Google Drive.

If you want to clear all the data stored by “Google Play services,” touch the “Clear all data” under “Total storage.” Again, a dialog box displays warning you that all the data for all of the “Google Play services” apps will be deleted permanently.

NOTE: This is not recommended unless you want to reset an app or are uninstalling an app.

If you are sure you want to delete the app’s data, touch “OK,” or touch “Cancel” to avoid deleting this data.

NOTE: If you have an Android Wear device, use the “Manage wearable storage” button to manage data stored by apps to replicate data to a wearable device.

When you’re done clearing cache and/or data for “Google Play services,” touch the “Back” button on your device to return to the “App info” screen.

To clear the cache for all Google Play services apps, touch the “Clear cache” button on the “App info” screen for “Google Play services.”

To access the “App info” screen for “Google Play services” on a Samsung device, swipe down from the notification bar at the top of the screen and touch the settings, or gear, button in the upper-right corner.

On the “Settings” screen, touch “Applications.”

The “Applications” screen displays. Touch “Application manager.”

From here, the procedure is the same as on a Google device.

You can also clear your search and apps history in the Google Play Store, clear your Google search history and clear your browser history in various popular browsers on Android.

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