How to clear the Teams cache on Windows 10

If you’re having difficulties using Microsoft Teams, try clearing the cache on your device— this could come in handy in fixing any issues you’re encountering with the program. Consider a cache to be a storing area for data from a frequently used app or website. Each time you visit Teams, your device must download this information to help process functions quicker. If it’s saved in the cache, your device skips a step, and you save time, therefore, reducing inconveniences. Here are the steps to clear your Team cache on your Windows 10 device.  

Here is the list of steps you will require to help precise cached data from a Windows computer; if there are instances where the cached data is bothering you or impeding your work process, use the steps below to clear the cached data. Cached data can only be cleared from the cached folder situated on Windows.  

  1. Firstly, quit Microsoft Teams.  
  2. From there, open “File Explorer.”  
  3. Type out the following in the quick access panel “%appdata%/Microsoft/Teams” and press enter.  
  4. From there, open the “Cache” folder.  
  5. Select everything in that folder.  
  6. Finally, right-click and click on “Delete.”  

Once the steps above have been completed, you should have successfully deleted the cached files. When you delete the cached files, you will reset the folder and allow for new cached data to form without the old set interfering with the data input. Clearing the cached data can help to clear the saved scripts and clear the panel to refresh the command scripts being applied to help run those functions. For example, if you’re having trouble signing in or some program elements, such as chart loading, don’t work, clearing the cached data can help clear the saved scripts and clear the panel to refresh the command scripts being applied to help run those functions.  

In-depth step by step guide [with screenshots] – How to clear the Teams cache on Windows 10  

Below is a more In-depth guide on how you can clear Teams cached data from Windows 10; while the steps above most certainly help in allowing you to get a better understanding of how the process works, it also sometimes helps to have some visual context on what the steps are referring to. Therefore, screenshots have been added to allow users to understand better the steps that are applied, read through, and get a better understanding of how the process works to clear cached data on Teams.  

  • Firstly, quit Microsoft Teams.  

This step is crucial; you need to make sure that the application has been wholly quitted before you proceed with the steps on clearing the cached data. If this step is not completed correctly, you may come across issues regarding the data not being adequately cleared or simply come across issues where the errors you are trying to resolve simply won’t get properly resolved.  

  • From there, open “File Explorer.”  

File Explorer can be found in the app drawer, simply click on the start tab and locate File Explorer. You may also have it in the taskbar, simply open it from there and proceed with the steps ahead.  

  • Type out the following in the quick access panel “%appdata%/Microsoft/Teams” and press enter.  

Ensure you type out the content within the quotation marks to proceed with the steps ahead; use the screenshot above to see what it looks like when typed out.  

  • From there, open the “Cache” folder.  
  • Select everything in that folder.  
  • Finally, right-click and click on “Delete.”  

That’s all; if you’ve completed the steps above, the cached files should have been properly destroyed. By deleting the cached files, you’ll effectively reset the folder and enable new cached data for the form to be entered without the previous set interfering. Clearing the cached data can assist in clearing the stored scripts and clearing the panel to refresh the command scripts used to assist in the execution of those functions. Clearing the cached data can assist in clearing the stored scripts and clearing the panel to refresh the command scripts being applied to help perform those functions, for example, if you’re having difficulties signing in or specific components of the application, such as conversations loading, don’t work.  

What are the effects of clearing cached data on Microsoft Teams?  

Clearing cache helps to both remedy issues of latency and storage. Cache data takes up a lot of storage, and processing even the unnecessary bits of cached information takes up a lot of RAM space. Therefore, clearing the cached data removes the unnecessary bits of data and only leaves the necessary ones. There are many positive attributes to clearing your cache, not just on Teams but on any application you use, especially those that store a lot of data for better processing.  

However, cached data removal can also adversely affect your device’s performance around that application. When you delete cached data, you will remove all the stored bits of information. When you open the application after the cache deletion, you will have to deal with signing back in and restoring your set preference settings. You may also deal with some latency when you open the application after deleting cached data, as the deleted data also contains some necessary cached data that needs to be restored.  

Conclusion  

That’s all for this post; thank you for taking the time to read our comprehensive explanation of how to delete Teams cached data from a Windows 10 device. If you get into a problem where you need to clear the cached data, for example, for one of the reasons listed above, you may simply return to this page and delete the cached data. When you clean the cached data, keep in mind that it may take some time for Teams to apply new cached data to replace some of the important ones that were previously purged, so don’t be surprised if Teams is a little sluggish at first. 

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