The Discord logo.

Discord cache files build up with every image, video, and funny GIF you send and receive on the platform, filling up your disk space unnecessarily. You can follow the steps below to easily clear Discord cache files on your Windows 10, Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

These steps will only work if you’ve installed the Discord app on your Windows 10 PC, Mac, or on a mobile device. If you’re using Discord through its website, you’ll need to wipe your browser’s cache files instead.

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How to Clear Discord Cache Files on Windows

To clear the Discord cache files on your Windows PC, you have to delete the files manually.

You’ll find them in the Discord AppData folder. To open it in Windows File Explorer, type the following in the file path box:

%appdata%\discord

"%appdata%\discord" in the path file box in Windows File Explorer.

In your Discord AppData directory, locate the “Cache,” “Code Cache,” and “GPUCache” folders. You can safely right-click each of these, and then click “Delete.”

Right-click the "Cache," "Code Cache," and "GPUCache" folders, and then click "Delete."

You’ll need to empty the Recycle Bin afterward to ensure the files are fully deleted. To do so, just double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, then click “Empty Recycle Bin.”

Click "Empty Recycle Bin."

How to Clear Discord Cache Files on a Mac

You can clear Discord cache files in a similar way on a Mac. First, open Finder, and then click Go > Go to Folder.

In Finder, click "Go," and then click "Go to Folder."

To access the hidden folder with the Discord files, type the following in the “Go to the Folder” text box:

~/Library/Application Support/discord/

"~/Library/Application Support/discord/" in the "Go to the Folder" text box. 

In the Discord data folder, right-click the “Cache,” “Code Cache,” and “GPUCache” folders, and then click “Move to Trash” (or “Move to Bin”).

Right-click the "Cache," "Code Cache," and "GPUCache" folders, and then click "Move to Bin."

Next, you’ll need to empty the Trash folder. Just right-click the Trash icon in the Dock, and then click “Empty Trash” (or “Empty Bin”).

Right-click the Trash icon, and then click "Empty Bin."

How to Clear Discord Cache Files on Android

Just as it does on Windows PCs and Macs, the Android version of the Discord app saves certain files (like images and videos) as cache files.

You can wipe these by emptying Discord’s cache from the Android settings menu. The steps will vary, depending on your device and version of Android—those below will work specifically for Android 10 or newer.

First, swipe down once (or twice) from the top and tap the Gear icon to jump into your device’s “Settings” menu, and then tap “Apps.”

Tap "Apps" in the "Settings" menu.

Scroll down to “Discord” or type it in the search bar at the top, and then tap it to proceed.

Tap "Discord" in the "Apps" menu.

In the “Discord” menu, you’ll see how much storage the app is currently using. Tap “Storage” to access more options.

In the App Info menu for Discord, tap the Storage option.

In the “Storage” menu, you can wipe all app data, or simply clear any saved cache files; tap “Clear Cache” to do the latter.

Tap "Clear Cache."

This will immediately delete any excess cache files for the Discord app on your Android device. You can perform this on a regular basis to keep the amount of data saved by the app at a minimum.

How to Clear Discord Cache Files on an iPhone or iPad

Unfortunately, there isn’t a built-in method for deleting cache files on an iPhone or iPad. You have to delete the Discord app to wipe any cache files that might have been saved, and then reinstall it from the App Store.

To do this, tap Settings > General > iPhone (or iPad) Storage, and then scroll down and tap “Discord.”

Tap "Discord" in the "iPhone Storage" menu.

Next, tap “Delete App,” and then tap it again on the following screen to confirm.

Tap "Delete App" in the "Discord" menu on your iPhone or iPad.

Alternatively, you can long-press the Discord icon on the Home screen, and then tap “Delete App” to delete Discord.

Tap "Delete App" to delete Discord from your iPhone or iPad Home screen.

After the app is removed, locate it in the App Store, and then reinstall it. You’ll need to sign back in to your Discord account to use the app again.

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Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing.
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