The #1 Easiest Way To Clear Cache On An Xbox One

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 06/23/19 •  2 min read

How To Clear The Cache On Your Xbox One Console

Alternative Method

A quicker and easier method is to simply hold press on the Xbox One console’s Xbox button for 10 seconds. It will make a distinctive noise that is different from the usual power off noise. When it has completely turned off wait a moment and then power it back on again.

In some cases it’s potentially worth trying both methods if the problem is persisting.

Note that if the cache clear was successful, when you load a game the console will display that it is “Syncing”, which means it is synchronising with your saved data from the on-board storage.

There are a number of reasons why you might need to clear your Xbox One’s cache from time to time.

What’s the Xbox One’s cache? You may ask. Essentially it’s a block of storage on the console where it stores temporary data and files to improve game-play and keep things running smoothly. However, over time it can have the opposite effect and get clogged up with tons of excess clutter; this can cause crashing, freezing, slow game loads, connectivity problems and general lag issues.

That means that from time to time, or if you are experiencing one of the above problems, it’s a good idea to try clearing the cache first and see if that fixes things and boosts performance, or stops crashes from occurring.

If it doesn’t resolve your problems, it might be worth performing a hard reset, you can find out how to perform a hard reset on your Xbox One console here.

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.

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