How Do I Clear the Memory on a Samsung TV?
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Is your memory space full on your Samsung TV, and you don’t know how to clear it? Don’t panic- this is an easy fix! Besides causing a major slow down on your Samsung TV, low memory (or no memory) also prevents you from potentially saving new shows and recording things you want to watch later. So how do you clear the memory on a Samsung TV?
To clear the memory on a Samsung TV, you need to clear the cache on your system. To make this happen, just hold the power button down on the remote for 10-15 seconds. This is the easiest route to clear the memory.
If you’re looking for more information on clearing the memory on a Samsung TV, you’ve come to the right place. Stick around and keep reading for all you need to know on how to clear the memory on a Samsung TV.
Clearing the Memory on a Samsung TV
Clearing the memory and “clearing the cache” on your TV are essentially the same thing. Clearing up data can be helpful to be able to download more apps shows and to speed up your TV for the best output and clearest picture.
It is a great idea to clear out your cache every few weeks to keep your device running at a good speed and to not get full of unneeded information.
To clear the cache on your Samsung TV, you can soft reset it by:
- Holding the power button down for 10 to 15 seconds and restarting your TV. This should automatically tell your TV to clear the cache. If this does not work for some reason, continue to the next step.
- Open the browser > Select “Settings” > Select “Web Browser Settings” > “General” > “Delete History” > “Yes.”
If you have a 2020 or 2021 model TV
These models are actually able to view, clear, and delete an app’s cached data individually.
- Open Settings
- Select Support
- Select TV Device manager
From here, you can manage your apps and storage. Select Show App List for app-specific data and the cache clearing option.
Full disclosure, the steps might not match up exactly unless you have the same model TV as I do for testing. What you are going to need to do is make sure you are in the Support menu item and looking for device management. That may be under a different menu item than I have listed above.
How much storage is left on my TV?
To check how much storage is currently left on your TV, you can see it on your specific device. The memory limitations vary by model, so it depends on which type of TV you have and how much memory you can use, and how many apps can be downloaded.
To see how much memory storage is left on your TV:
- Go to the “Apps” page.
- Select “More Apps” at the bottom of the screen.
- Memory used and memory that is empty will be displayed on the bottom right corner of the television screen.
This is the simple, easy way to determine how much data storage is left on your device. Keep in mind that every TV model varies, so check with your exact model type to know what the limitations are.
You can frequently go back to this page to review and make changes to your apps and data to make sure enough space is freed up and able to be utilized as needed.
How Much Memory Space Do My Apps Take Up?
Most memory on your TV is taken up by the applications downloaded to it. To view the apps downloaded to your TV, go to the Apps page on your Samsung device. This will display all apps that are currently downloaded.
Each app has a different memory intake. To view how much memory each app requires, visit the homepage of the particular app in the app store. This will show how much specific memory space each app requires in order to download and use. Keep in mind how much memory you have left on your device when downloading.
Frequently delete any apps that are not being actively used on your device. If there are apps installed that are not being used, they work in the background, which could be slowing down other apps and data that you do utilize frequently. Making sure to clear up cache and memory space when you can is best for your device and for the most optimal viewing experience.
The last resort: a factory reset
If you’ve gone through these steps and are still having problems with your TV’s memory being full, there’s one last option: to factory reset your TV. This will delete all data on your TV and return its software to an “out of the box” state.
Bear in mind, a factory reset should be done only as a last resort. It will wipe out any customizations to your TV, including personalized settings, apps, WiFi passwords, and other data. It’s not done lightly. But sometimes a factory reset can cure problems and clean out issues nothing else can.
To get a walkthrough on how to factory reset your Samsung TV, check our article here.