How to Clear Cache on iPhone (And iPad)

How to How to Clear Cache on iPhone (And iPad)

As you use your iPhone or iPad, the cache is junked resulting in the storage sacrifice or a hit in the performance. For the newer iOS devices, cache is not a matter because they are super powerful and comes with enough storage. But for the older device, the cache should be cleared to improve the performance.

However, maintenance is not always required for the iPhones and iPads as Mac or Windows but clearing cache might give a performance boost for older devices and in some cases, it may improve the battery life as well.

You may find something mysterious called “Other” on iPhone storage. You can check out this article on what exactly is that and how to clear it.

Clear the cache on Safari

  1. To clear the cache on safari, go to settings and scroll all the way down to safari ( you can find it in the fifth section) and tap it.  
  2. Tap clear history and data (you might need to scroll down a bit to find it) 
  3. It will prompt you to confirm it for clearance. Tap clear history and data again to confirm it. Note that this will log you out of all the websites that you’ve logged in. 

These steps will delete all the cache that is stored by Safari 

At a glance: Settings –> Safari –> Clear history and data

How to clear app cache on iPhone and iPad


Clear the App data

Use this method to delete data and cache stored by apps other than safari. 

  1. Tap settings and in the settings, tap general and go to the iPhone storage ( or iPad storage for iPads) 
  2. Below the recommendations (it might or might not show depending upon your usage), you will find all the apps sorted by the size.  
  3. Tap the apps that talking up a lot of storage.  
  4. You will find two rows named as App size (the actual size of the app while you’ve downloaded from the app store) and documents & data( Documents, data, and cache that are added after installing the app)  
  5. If the Documents & Data size exceeds 600 MB, it’s better to delete the app entirely and reinstall it. 
  6. Tap Delete App to delete it (Tip – You can reinstall the app from purchase list on the app store, this will be useful if you delete a bunch of apps) 

At a glance: Settings –> General –> iPhone Storage –> App that took up a lot of storage –> Delete App 

How to clear cache using third-party apps

This software can be used to clear cache and optimize the performance of the iPhone and iPad. Most of these apps will do a lot more than just clearing the cache. It can be used to wipe out the entire iPhone or iPad, backup the device, migrate the device, etc.

These apps should be installed on a PC or Mac and connect the iDevice using a USB cable to work with it. Most of them come with a free version with limited features and the paid version unlocks the remaining features.

Below are some apps that can be used to optimize and clear cache on iPhone or iPad

iMyFone Ultimate Pro

Clear cache on iPhone
Image credit: iMyFone

Step 1 – Download and install iMyFone Ultimate Pro from here

Step 2 – Open the program and connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using a USB cable

Step 3 – After the software detects your device, click the Quick Scan button to start scanning your iPhone or iPad. After the completion of the scan, it will show you the opportunities to free up space on your iPhone. Click Clean in the Junk files section to clear the cache

Step 4 –  If you want to go further, then select Erase Private Data on the left and start the scan. This will show you all the caches, unwanted files, duplicate pictures, etc. to delete. Select the files you want to delete and click Erase Now.

Step 5 – This options will clear the unwanted files and caches from your iPhone or iPad


Clear cache on iPhone
Image credit: Tenorshare

Step 1 – Download and install Tenorshare from here

Step 2 – Open the program and connect your iDevice to the computer via a USB cable

Step 3 – After the successful detection, Click Start to scan your device.

Step 4 – Once the scan is completed, the total number of junks that can be deleted will be displayed (photos, videos, apps, and temporary files)

Step 5 – Select the files you want to delete and the app will clear the selected files from your iPhone.

iFreeUp iPhone Cleaner

Clear cache on iPhone
Image credit: iFreeUp

Step 1 – Download and install iFreeUp from here

Step 2 – Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using a USB cable and open the app

Step 3 – Once you open the app, it will ask you to scan your iDevice. Click Scan to start the process. However, you can also uncheck the items you don’t want to scan.

Step 4 – After the scan is completed, like others, it will show the files that should be cleared to free up space.
Step 5 – Select the files you want to delete and click Clean to remove those junks from your iPhone.  

Additional method

Restart your iPhone  

iOS handles the app management pretty good for the most part but restarting your iPhone will enhance the process while there is a lot of junk in the memory. This will be more useful if you’ve got an old iPhone or iPad. 

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