If I look at the options to manage an application and select to clear data, what data is specifically being cleared? Is there a way to find out?

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All the data stored by the app in the folder /data/data/app_name/ will be cleared. You cant specify which data to clear. The app would be like when it was installed or updated.

  • What data is stored in the data/data/app_name directory? Apr 22, 2012 at 22:21
  • usually settings and other app data. For example in a browser data such as history, saved passwords, cache, preferences, etc.
    – Ruben Roy
    Apr 22, 2012 at 22:28
  • Is there an easy way to access the data or do I need to install developer tools? Also is the data encrypted or stored in plain text? Apr 23, 2012 at 1:02
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    @PeanutsMonkey: You need root to read the data. Whether or not it's in plaintext is entirely up to the app developer, just like with any other piece of software. Apr 23, 2012 at 1:38

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