If you’ve ever heard of a cache when it comes to tech, you probably know about it in the context of getting rid of it – whether it’s on a desktop browser or an iPhone. Devices like the iPhone smartly keep hold of certain bits of data they use a lot in a cache, in order to speed up loading times on frequently-visited sites or often-opened apps. That’s handy, but it can become an issue if these cache tranches get too big and start making a dent in your storage space.
Here’s how to clear a couple of different types of cache on your iPhone, quickly and easily, to reclaim that space.
How to clear Safari browser cache on an iPhone
If you’re using the iPhone’s built-in browser Safari, these steps can easily let you clear your browser cache.
- Open up your Settings app
- Scroll down to Safari and tap on it
- Scroll down until you see Clear History and Website Data, and tap on it
- Confirm your decision when prompted
This will clear your cache in a few seconds, and you’ll have a small slice of storage data back. At present, the above only works for Safari, but other third-party browsers, such as Google Chrome, may have in-app settings you can find and use for the same purpose.
How to clear your app cache on an iPhone
Your apps also build up a cache as you use them on your iPhone, and you can also clear that very easily, using the steps below.
You do this by “Offloading” the app – which deletes much of its data, but not its settings, data and documents, meaning if you redownload it later, it’ll work as before without you needing to sign back in and restore things manually.
- Open the Settings app
- Scroll down to General and tap on it
- Tap on iPhone Storage
- Wait for the list of apps to load (it might take a while), then tap on any app
- Tap Offload App to remove its storage burden
This will potentially free up major amounts of storage space for you to take advantage of with things you actually want, whether that’s more room for photos or space to put downloaded Spotify tracks or movies from Disney+.
Why should you clear the cache on your iPhone?
There are a couple of different reasons for clearing the cache on your iPhone. Typically, it is for better performance overall, especially when it comes to apps. It is also a method of clearing browser history, however. We won’t judge you, don’t worry. It is a good idea to clear the cache on your iPhone every now and then, whether you do it for performance gains or deleting your search history, as it should help the overall running of your device. As we mentioned in the intro too, clearing the cache can also sometimes help with storage space and, given the iPhone doesn’t offer microSD support for storage expansion, any extra storage space is a win in our book.