How to Clear Cache on Fossil Gen5 or Gen6 Wear OS Smartwatch – MyHealthyApple | Hot Mobile Press

If your Fossil smartwatch’s battery life is suddenly draining, you start getting low storage alerts, or your watch’s storage is full, clearing your watch’s cache may help alleviate some or all of these issues.

When your watch storage is full, it can cause it to run slow, crash and freeze your installed apps.

Your watch’s application caches will grow over time. Some commonly installed apps like Facebook and Facebook Messenger can even create a cache that fills your watch’s storage space.

The good news is that clearing the cache frees up storage space on your Fossil Gen watch and often helps improve the performance and lifespan of your battery between charges.

Clear your Fossil smartwatch app caches for better battery and storage performance!

Follow all the steps below to clear the app cache on your Fossil Wear OS smartwatch.

Please note that this process works for Wear OS watches, not Wear OS 3 watches.

1. First check the memory on your watch

See if you can identify the apps that are taking up a lot of space on your watch, then delete any unused apps.

  1. open that Wear OS app on your paired phone.
  2. Beat Advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap view retention. Advanced settings for the Wear OS app for the watch
  4. Check out yours View memory chart and memory available. Observe memory graph and app usage in the Wear OS app
    1. If your storage is almost full, scroll down and look at the list of apps. Note any apps that you don’t use or use regularly that take up a lot of storage space.
    2. To delete an app from your Fossil watch, open the Play Store app on your watch and scroll down and tap My applications. Tap the app you want to remove, scroll down and tap Uninstall. Delete apps from Wear OS Watch Fossil Smartwatch
    3. You cannot delete apps using the Wear OS app on your phone.

2. Clear your Fossil watch’s app cache

  1. Select on your watch settings.
  2. Beat Apps & notifications > App info. Apps and notification settings on Fossil Smartwatch
  3. Find the app whose cache you want to clear.
    1. If not listed, tap system apps and search for google apps and system apps.
  4. Scroll down and select app information. Fossil Wear OS Watch app settings
  5. Scroll down and tap clear cache. Clear Fossil Smartwatch app cache
  6. Wait for an on-screen confirmation message that the cache has been cleared. Cache cleared confirmation on Fossil Smartwatch
    1. Not all apps offer this option.
  7. Repeat for all other apps.

A warning, make sure you choose clear cache DO NOT erase data.

In particular, you don’t want clear data in the Google Play Services app, as this will cause pairing issues with Wear OS (your phone may no longer recognize your watch).

However, it’s perfectly fine to delete it cached data from Google Play Services since that removes temporary files.

3. Clear the Wear OS app cache

  1. Open the phone Settings > Apps.
  2. Beat carry operating system from Google.
  3. Choose Storage & Cache.
  4. Tap the option to Clear cache. Clear the Wear OS app cache
  5. When the cache is cleared, the option grey and shows a cached from 0. You'll see a cache of zero after clearing the Wear OS app cache

4. Reboot your phone and watch

Finally, restart both your phone and watch. Start with your phone, then your watch.

Erase your Fossil Gen 5 in recovery mode

If deleting your apps didn’t work, you can try using the built-in recovery mode menu and wiping your watch’s entire cache.

  1. Press and hold on the clock Digital Crown button (the middle button) AND the bottom button until your watch turns off completely, restarts, and then vibrates.
  2. Waiting for Fastboot mode appear on the screen of your watch. Release all keys. Fossil watch recovery mode FASTBOOT mode
  3. Look at the top of your screen and find the word beginning.
  4. Quickly press the Digital Crown (middle button) a few times to change this option until you see recovery mode at the top of your watch screen. Fossil Wear OS Watch recovery mode screen
  5. Press and hold the Digital Crown (long press) to enter recovery mode.
    1. Release when your watch screen goes black.
    2. If it worked you should see a screen that says “No comment!” If you do not repeat the previous steps. Fossil smartwatch recovery mode without command screen
  6. Swipe down from the top of your watch’s screen a few times to access Wipe cache partition Possibility. Wear OS smartwatch wipe cache partition
    1. When you pass it, swipe up from the bottom of your watch’s screen to find it again.
  7. Wipe left or right on wipe cache partition to select it.
  8. Swipe up or down to select Yesand then swipe left or right to perform cache wipe. Fossil Wear OS Swatch wipes cache partition in recovery mode
  9. Once your watch wipes the cache partition, swipe left or right Reboot system now to restart your watch. Fossil recovery mode to reboot the system now

Here are a few tips to get the best clock performance!

Even after following all these steps and wiping your watch’s cache partition, you may find that your battery is not performing as expected.

If so, try some of these suggestions:

  • Use a different watch face if your current watch face has a lot of things that need updating or animations that are draining your battery. So try something more basic.
  • Don’t leave your watch’s display on all the time. Open Settings > Display and turn off Always on screen.
  • Set the lowest screen brightness that works for you. The brighter you set the screen of your watch, the faster the battery will drain. Find these settings in Settings > Display > Adjust brightness.
  • Limit which apps send you notifications so you only get what you need. Change this in the Wear OS app > Settings > Notifications > Change watch notifications.
    • Disable any apps that you don’t need to see notifications for on your watch.
  • Open the Wear OS app to see more details about how your watch is using the battery Settings > Advanced settings > Monitor battery. Take a look at the apps that are draining your watch’s battery. If you don’t use a listed app, uninstall it from your watch.
  • Uninstall any third-party apps you don’t use. In particular, if you don’t use a fitness or health app on your watch, we recommend uninstalling it or, if that’s not possible, removing upgrades. This includes apps like Google Fit, Strava, Nike Run Club, Adidas Running, Runtastic, etc. that need constant access to your watch’s sensors.

Unfortunately, Wear OS and Fossil smartwatches contain a lot of unnecessary bloatware. If your watch isn’t working as you want, it might be worth taking a look at what apps you can uninstall or remove upgrades from.

  • Go to SSettings > Apps & notifications > App info > System apps and see which apps and services you can disable to reduce bloatware.
  • Advanced users who feel comfortable can use ADB, Developer Options, and ADB Debugging to remove bloatware. We won’t go into that here because it’s risky for the everyday watch user.

Final Thoughts

A few weeks ago I did this on my Fossil Wear OS Gen 5 Caryle model after an update caused some battery performance issues. And I can confirm that clearing the cache did indeed help!

I hope this article helped you clear the cache on your Fossil smartwatch.

If you have any other questions or would like to add anything, please let us and everyone else know in the comments section below!

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