Waze, owned by Google, is an intuitive and user-friendly navigation app with millions of users. One of the unique features of this navigation app is that users have the ability to warn of dangers and communicate with other drivers.
Like any other app, even Waze will run into a bug or two from time to time. When this happens, one of the first actions should be to clear the app's cache and data.
The process will be different depending on whether you have an Android or iOS device. In this article, we will tell you how to clear cache and data on both operating systems and what kinds of problems could be eliminated.
How to Clear Cache on Waze
Clearing cached files and data for an app is relatively rudimentary and a common first step in troubleshooting issues. Over time, an app naturally stores data and files that it really doesn't need. Dumping this data can fix problems and improve the operation of the application. Also, deleting cached files on Waze will not erase any important information.
Some apps, like Snapchat, allow you to clear cache from within the platform itself. Waze is not one of them. You will need to clear the app cache from your phone's settings. Unfortunately, things are a little more complicated for iOS users than for Android users. But don't worry, we'll cover both operating systems in this section.
How to Clear Waze Cache on Android
Android users can quickly and easily clear cached files from Waze by doing the following:
- Open the Parameters on your Android device and tap applications.
- Scroll down the list of apps and tap Waze. Then press Storage room.
- Press Clear Cache.
After clearing the cache, reopen the app and see if the app is working fine.
How to Clear Waze Cache on iOS
As briefly mentioned above, Apple does not give us the option to simply clear the cache. Instead, you can offload app data. Essentially, this means you delete the app and unnecessary data, while keeping your login details and other important content. Like clearing the cache, you won't lose anything you really need by unloading an app.
Here's how to offload the Waze app on your iPhone:
- Open the Parameters on your iOS device and tap General.
- Press IPhone storage.
- Scroll down the list of apps and tap Waze. Or tap the magnifying glass in the upper right corner and type Waze to locate the app quickly.
- Press Download the application. Then confirm.
Now go back to the Waze app on your iOS device and relaunch it. Make sure any issues you are having are resolved.
How to Clear Waze Data
Clearing the cache may not resolve all app issues. If the problem persists, you may want to clear the app data.
Now that you know how to clear data and cache for each operating system, let's take a closer look at when you might need to do it. Here are some issues you might encounter with your Waze app that clearing cache, as well as data, can help with:
- Wireless connection issues.
- Bluetooth Waze issues.
- When the message “No GPS showing approximate location” appears.
- Sound issues on the Waze app.
- Traffic reports are not showing on Waze.
Clear cache and data of Waze on Android
If you are browsing with Waze on an Android device, clearing cache and data will be quite simple. The operating system allows you to access each app on your phone separately and clean cache and data.
Most Android smartphones also come with "cleaner" apps pre-installed that can help. Here's how to clear the cache and data of the Waze app on your Android:
- Find the settings on your device. This can be done by pulling down the notification bar.
- Select "Apps & Notifications" or "Apps" depending on which device you have.
- Scroll down until you find Waze.
- Tap on Waze and select "App Info".
- Select “Storage”.
- Tap on the “Clear Cache” and “Clear Data” options.
Depending on the device model, some steps may be slightly different from those described above.
It's also important to remember that even if your device has a cleaner app, it will only clear the cache, not the data. And if you choose to clear your Waze app data, you will lose individual settings.
Clear cache and data on iOS
When you want to clear your iPhone cache and data, you can do it easily with built-in apps like Safari.
However, with third-party apps like Waze, it's not as easy as on Android devices. One of the first things to try is restarting your iPhone if you're having trouble with Waze.
Often this solves many problems you might encounter with any third-party app, as restarting clears the cache. But if that doesn't work, you have two other options.
Option 1 – Uninstall and reinstall Waze
The best way to clear all cache and data accumulated with Waze is to delete the app and reinstall it.
Although it may seem complicated, with a stable internet connection, it can be done in no time. Just follow these steps:
- Go to your iPhone settings, then tap "General".
- Select "iPhone Storage" and scroll down the list of apps.
- Select Waze, scroll down and select the "Delete App" option.
- Tap on the “Delete app” option again to confirm the action.
- Go to the App Store and download the Waze app again.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to sign in to your account.
The recently reinstalled Waze app should now work more efficiently.
Option 2 – Install Cleaner App
There are many free and paid apps in the App Store that can help you manage your iPhone storage. This also includes clearing your cache memory.
One of the most popular and secure options is the Smart Cleaner app. It can help you clear Waze cache as well as that of other apps. But to clear app data, you will need to reinstall the app.
Ensure the proper functioning of the Waze application
To get the most out of any app, you need to make sure it's working properly. This includes always having the latest update installed and occasionally clearing cache and data. The same goes for the Waze app. It is better not to wait for a problem to arise before taking action.
How often do you clear cache and data on Waze? Let us know in the comments section below.