Clear / empty Microsoft Team Cache

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In times of the home office, Microsoft teams are increasingly coming to the fore. Like many Microsoft software products, teams have a cache that can be cleared. You can empty the team cache in Windows Explorer, with PowerShell or also via CMD.

Where is the Team Cache located on Windows?

For faster loading of the application and for swap files, teams from Microsoft have a cache. This consists of several folders and can be found under the following path: %appdata%\Microsoft\teams

Microsoft Team Cache on Windows

This cache folder of teams contains the following folders, the contents of which must be deleted to empty them:

  • \application cache\cache\
  • \blob_storage\
  • \databases\
  • \GPUcache\
  • \IndexedDB\
  • \Local Storage\
  • \tmp\
  • \Cache\
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Delete / Empty Team Cache

Teams has many functions and many factors influence this software. Therefore it can happen that changes to the User UPN are not directly applied, or other settings are not directly applied. The team cache may be to blame here. This can be remedied by deleting or emptying this cache. This can be done in Windows Explorer, via PowerShell or also via CMD.

Windows Explorer

Deleting the Team Cache is possible by hand without any problems. Here the contents of the above mentioned folders must be deleted in Windows Explorer. It is also important that the software is completely closed, otherwise the files to be deleted will be in use.

Delete Team Cache in Windows Explorer

  1. Ending teams

    Teams must be terminated before. In this case, it is not enough to close the window, but must be closed by right-clicking in the taskbar.

  2. Navigate to Cache

    Open Windows Explorer and navigate to or copy the following path:

  3. Empty Cache

    Delete the contents (not the entire folder) of the following Windows folders:
    \application cache\cache\
    \Local Storage\

  4. Teams start

    After the contents of the folders have been deleted, teams can be started again.


The whole procedure can also be automated using Windows PowerShell to clear the team cache on Windows. For this purpose we provide you with a small script, which not only empties the cache, but also automatically terminates Microsoft teams.

Write Host "Teams will be terminated to clear cache."
Get-Process -ProcessName Teams | Stop-Process -Force
Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
Write host "Microsoft Teams has been terminated."
echo $_
# The cache will now be cleared / emptied
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\application cache\cache" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\blob_storage" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\databases" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\cache" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\gpucache" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\Indexeddb" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\Local Storage" | Remove-Item
Get-ChildItem -Path $env:APPDATA\"Microsoft\teams\tmp" | Remove-Item
echo $_
write-host "The cache has been successfully deleted/empty."

CMD or Batch

Of course, the emptying of the temp directory can also be done by teams via CMD, or a batch file can be created. To delete the cache, the software must first be closed. In this case, it is not enough to close the window, but must be closed via the task bar with a right click. Afterwards the following CMD commands can be executed:

del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\blob_storage\*"
FOR /D %%p IN ("%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\blob_storage\*") DO rmdir "%%p" /s /q
del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\cache\*"
del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\databases\*"
del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\gpucache\*"
del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\IndexedDB\*"
FOR /D %%p IN ("%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\IndexedDB\*") DO rmdir "%%p" /s /q
del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Local Storage\*"
FOR /D %%p IN ("%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Local Storage\*") DO rmdir "%%p" /s /q
del /F/Q/S "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\tmp\*"
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