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    From what I know, cache files are usually safe and harmless to delete to free up device storage space. What cache files you delete manually will just be rebuilt next time you run the app(s). Is there any time cache files are NOT safe to delete?

    I am thinking about going into My Files and manually deleting some cache files in: My Files/Device Storage/Android/Data/(whatever the apps' names are)/Cache.
     

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    Can anyone give me some support here on this? Btw I do delete cache regularly via app manager but this method does not get rid of all the shared files in the cache folder for the app in My Files... There are over a thousand of them. Please help...
     
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    I'll try it and let you know what happens on my device... Just keep in mind that the results may not be the same for you... Gotta make a backup real quick...
     
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    Caused no issues on my device (sm-g386t)... Rebooted fine and all of my commonly used apps still loaded normally...
     
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    Thanks for doing this! Just to be clear, which cache did you delete exactly and which method did you use?
     
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    I completely deleted everything from my device's /cache/ folder using ES File Explorer...
     
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    Really pretty sure that it does the same thing if you boot into recovery and clear the cache, but that also clears a separate cache partition on the storage...
     
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    If you're rooted and can install a custom recovery, make a backup and test first... But it should be safe...
     
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    Did you happen to notice if you deleted any shared Files or folders? I have over a thousand Shared files in a game app's cache.
     
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    Yes, there was a 'shared' folder, but didn't open it to check files... But there are a few files in there now, which is probably from the apps I have opened rebuilding the cache... I would have to assume that there were files before if there are now... Seems likely that most are just cached Google ads...
     
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    Thank you - you're very helpful! If it's not too much trouble could you take a look at my other thread about SD card? Lol
     

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