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Dhruv Joshi
Dhruv Joshi

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How to code an Android app that clears the cache of all apps by one tap? Step by step guide

If you're an Android user, you've probably noticed that your device can start to slow down or become sluggish over time. One common cause of this is a build-up of cache files from installed apps. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create an Android app that allows you to clear the cache of all apps on your device with just one tap. By following these steps, you can easily free up valuable storage space and improve the performance of your device.

Step 1: Install and set up Android Studio

The first step in creating an Android app is to install and set up Android Studio, the official Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Android app development. You can download and install Android Studio from the Android developer website ( Once it is installed, launch Android Studio and follow the prompts to set up the development environment.

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Step 2: Create a new project

Once Android Studio is set up, select "Start a new Android Studio project" from the welcome screen. Follow the prompts to set up your project, including giving it a name, selecting a target Android device, and setting the minimum SDK version. Make sure to choose "Empty Activity" as the activity type, as we will be building our app from scratch.

Step 3: Design the user interface

The next step is to design the user interface (UI) of your app. In Android Studio, you can use the layout editor to drag and drop UI elements such as buttons and text labels onto the design canvas. For our app, we will need to add a button that the user can tap to clear the cache of all apps. You can also add other UI elements such as images or text labels if desired.

Step 4: Add functionality to the button

Now it's time to add some functionality to our app. In the Java code for your app, you will need to add an onClick listener to the button that clears the cache of all apps. To do this, you will need to use the PackageManager class to get a list of all installed apps on the device, and then iterate through the list and clear the cache of each app using the deleteApplicationCacheFiles method. Here is an example of how you might do this:

Button clearCacheButton = findViewById(;
clearCacheButton.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View view) {
        // Get a list of installed apps
        PackageManager pm = getPackageManager();
        List<ApplicationInfo> packages = pm.getInstalledApplications(PackageManager.GET_META_DATA);

        // Iterate through the list and clear the cache of each app
        for (ApplicationInfo packageInfo : packages) {
            try {
                pm.deleteApplicationCacheFiles(packageInfo.packageName, null);
            } catch (Exception e) {

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Step 5: Test and debug your app

Before publishing your app, it's important to test it to make sure it is functioning as expected. You can use the built-in emulator in Android Studio or a physical Android device to test your app. Make sure the cache of all apps is being cleared as expected, and troubleshoot any issues that arise.

Booom! It's done. Reach me if you need more guidance or have a project about this. I am happy to help. :)

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