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How to Clear the Microsoft Teams Cache for macOS

How to Clear the Microsoft Teams Cache for macOS

Clearing the cache in MS Teams can be a useful step in resolving certain issues. When you encounter problems with the Teams application on macOS that don’t appear in the web version of Teams, the culprit might often be found in the cache of the native app.

One frequent issue that clearing the cache can resolve involves a static tab failing to show any content and instead loading an empty page. Occasionally, clearing the Teams cache can also address issues with the telephony feature of Teams.

As of now, Microsoft hasn’t provided a simple, one-click solution for clearing the Teams cache.

On top of that, following the latest update to the Microsoft Teams client, users now have two versions of the Teams app to consider, each with its own method for clearing the cache, depending on their file structures and operational specifics. This guide will walk you through the cache-clearing process for both versions on macOS, ensuring you can tackle any related problems with ease, regardless of the version you’re using.

If you’re looking for instructions on how to clear the Microsoft Teams cache on Windows, be sure to check out our guide for Windows users.

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Clear the cache in Classic Teams for macOS

Quit Teams by right-clicking its icon in the dock and selecting Quit or pressing Command (⌘)-Q.

Open Terminal from the /Applications/Utilities folder.

Type rm -r ~/Library/Application\ Support/Microsoft/Teams and press Return.

Then, restart Teams.

Clear the cache in New Teams for macOS

Quit Teams by right-clicking its icon in the dock and selecting Quit or by pressing Command (⌘)-Q.

Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities.

Type rm -rf ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.com.microsoft.teams and press Return.

Then type rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.teams2 and press Return again.

Finally, restart Teams.

Note: If you clear the cache in Microsoft Teams, some settings may be temporarily reset to the defaults. For example, your microphone, speaker or camera settings could be reset to default until Teams recognizes your preferred devices. This often happens when the app is reloaded and device IDs need to be re-identified. Your custom backgrounds are usually not lost, but Teams might temporarily use a default background until it reloads the settings from the servers. You will also need to sign in again after clearing the cache as the session data will be removed to protect your information. These changes are usually only temporary. Once the app has been fully reinitialized and synchronized, your original settings will be restored. Make sure to check your settings after clearing the cache and adjust them if necessary.

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