How to clear the cache on your Xbox One to make it run faster
December 19, 2022
The cache on your Xbox One is used to store game and app data for quick access. However, if you are one of those users who is not in the habit of clearing it regularly, be aware that it will start to clog up due to the large amount of data it contains.
Moreover, if the cache fills up, you may even get a notification from the console itself telling you to clear it. Therefore, if your Xbox One runs slowly or has problems loading applications, it may be useful to clear its cache, and in this note we will explain how to do it and even what you can do if it is not cleared.
What does clearing the Xbox cache do?
As mentioned above, clearing the cache on your console will remove any temporary data from the games and apps you use so that your computer can load them faster.
This does not mean that it will delete any of the games, apps, save files, achievements, Gamescore, or any other data in your library. It will simply make it faster.
How to clear the cache on your Xbox One
Sadly, there is no way to clear the cache from a simple menu on Xbox. In fact, to do so, you have to:
- First, turn off your console by holding down the power button on your Xbox for about 10 seconds or until it has shut down.
- Once it has completely shut down, unplug the power cord from the power outlet and from the back of the console.
- Then, wait a minute, and then reconnect the power cord to both the Xbox One console and the electrical outlet.
- Next, allow another minute to pass. If you are using an original Xbox One (as opposed to an Xbox One S or One X), watch for a small white light to appear on the Xbox One power block (the rectangular part of the power cord). Once the white light turns orange, you can turn your Xbox One back on. If you are using an Xbox One S or One X, just wait a minute and turn it on afterwards.
If you have followed the steps correctly, your Xbox One cache should now be clear and the console should run smoothly.
What to do if the cache won’t clear
Now, if your Xbox still gives you cache-related problems after trying to clear it, it could mean that the operation was unsuccessful. In this case, your only option would be to perform a soft factory reset. To do so, follow these steps:
- While the Xbox One is on, press the Xbox button on your controller to open the Xbox Guide menu.
- After that, highlight Settings and press the A button.
- Now, highlight System in the menu on the left side, select Console Info on the right, and then press the A button.
- In the menu that opens, select Reset Console and again press the A button.
Note that this is a soft format, so after doing so, the console will reset all settings and remove everything except your games and applications. That’s it, we hope you managed to clear your Xbox One cache so you can continue enjoying your favorite games.