How to Clear Cache on Your iPhone & iPad
Is your iPhone/iPad storage lessening at an alarming rate, or is your device getting slower to respond? It’s time to clear the cache files. The Cache is nothing but the temporary files created during day-to-day use. These files are created automatically for quick access. Though these files offer easy access, they might slow your iPhone in the long run. Hence, it is very important to delete the cache files on your iPhone/iPad. Clearing the cache not only boosts the performance of an app but also frees up some space on your device.
Restarting your iPhone is the easiest way to clear the cache and remove the temporary files on your iPhone and iPad. However, it will not clear the cache of the Safari browser and the thirty-party apps you installed on your iOS device.
When Should You Delete Cache on iPhone?
You can clear the cache file on your iPhone/ iPad if you encounter any of the reasons mentioned below.
- Insufficient Storage: If your Phone notifies you that there is no sufficient storage when you update an app or while downloading a file. Then, you should delete the cache to free up space.
- Lack of device performance: When your phone hangs down or blacks out, you should erase the cache to improve performance.
- Malware: Cache files are prone to get hacked; thus, you must clean the cache to fix it.
How to Clear Safari Browser Cache on iPhone & iPad
Safari browser cache includes saved web pages, images, cookies, and other temporary files. Clearing them will free up some space on your iPhone. It also boosts the speed of your browser.
#1: On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app.
#2: Scroll down the settings page and select Safari.
#3: Again, scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data.
#4: Select Clear History and Data to confirm.
#5: This will clear all the cookies, browsing history, and data.
If you are using other web browsers on your iOS device, refer to the below guides to clear the cache on the browser.
- How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome.
- How to Clear Cache on Microsoft Edge.
- How to Clear Firefox Cache.
How to Delete App Cache on iPhone & iPad
The steps to clear the app cache on your iPhone & iPad may vary from one app to another app. Depending on the developer, you may or may not have the option to delete cache files. Here, we have used the Slack app to show you how to delete the app cache.
#1: Go to the Settings app.
#2: Scroll down and click Slack.
#3: Enable Reset Cache on the next launch if it is turned off.
Sometimes, the options to clear the cache will locate inside the app. For example, you can delete the cache of the Chrome browser by using its inbuilt settings.
How to Clear App Cache on iPhone & iPad by Reinstalling the Apps
One of the easiest ways to delete the cache of any app is by removing them from your device and then reinstalling it from the Apple store. You can also delete unused apps to free up some space.
#1: Open settings and select the General menu.
#2: Select the option iPhone Storage to determine which application has used more space on your device.
#3: Select the app which occupies too much space.
#4: Tap Delete App.
#5: Again, select Delete App to confirm the process.
#6: Upon deleting, all the cache files associated with that will be removed from your device. Now, go to the App Store and download the app which you uninstalled.
Clear Cache on iPhone by Offloading Unused Apps
Instead of deleting apps, you can enable the option Offload Unused Apps. Offload Unused Apps is a feature that removes unnecessary data and frees up storage space.
By enabling this option, the data sent or received on your iPhone for a period of time will be deleted. You can also access the data again whenever you reinstall or relaunch the app.
#1: Unlock your iPhone and go to the Settings app.
#2: Tap General and click the option iPhone Storage.
#3: Hit the Enable button placed near the option Offload Unused Apps.
#4: That’s it. You have successfully offloaded unused apps on your iPhone/iPad.
How to Delete Cache on iPhone Via Third-Party Apps
In addition to the above-mentioned methods, you can also use third-party software like
- iMyFone Umate, and more.
You need to install any software on your WindowsOS or macOS systems. Then, you have to connect your iPhone/iPad to the PC. Once connected, you can delete all the cache files easily and quickly.
Similarly, you can clear the cache on Android Phones.
To clear cookies on Safari, click Settings → Safari → Clear History and Website Data → Tap Clear History and Data.
No, removing the cache deletes only the unwanted cache files.
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