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The Google Drive app on Android makes it possible for me to manage collaboration efforts while on the go. From that app, I can share files with collaborators, upload and download files, and more. Given how much I collaborate, it should come as no surprise that I put the app through its paces.
Most of the time, Google Drive behaves as expected. Every now and then, however, it acts up and I'm reminded that there's a simple solution to that poor behavior… increasing the Google Drive cache size.
Unless you're dealing with larger files or even working with smaller files throughout the day, you might not ever experience a problem. But for those who do push the Google Drive app to its limits, this handy trick will be just what you need to keep it running smoothly.
Let's do just that.
How to increase Google Drive's cache
What you'll need: The only things you'll need are an Android device and the Google Drive app installed. Since Google Drive is installed by default on most Android phones, you should be ready to go.
1. Open Google Drive
The first thing to do is open the Google Drive app from either the Android App Drawer or your home screen.
2. Open Settings
From the Google Drive main page, tap the three-horizontal line button near the top left.
To do this either tap the left-pointing arrow at the top left or close the Settings app by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then dragging the Settings app up to dismiss it.
You should now be able to use the Google Drive app without issue.
A bonus tip
Hopefully, increasing the Google Drive app cache did the trick for you and the software is now behaving as expected. If not, there's one more thing you can do. Back at the Google Drive Settings page, just above Cache size, you'll see the Clear cache entry. By tapping Clear cache (and then tapping OK when prompted), you remove all of the cached items being held by the app. There could be cached data within the app that's causing the problem.