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How to clear the cache on your iPhone (and why you should)


How many tabs are open on your mobile browser right now? Go ahead, check -- you might be surprised by what you find.

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Americans spend over five hours a day on their smartphones. That's over five hours of your phone potentially accessing, retrieving, and saving cache and cookies, which can negatively impact your iPhone's storage space .

What is cache?

Cache is the temporary storage of some data, such as parts of a website from your last visit. Browser cache is content from a website stored on your phone that helps the browser execute faster the next time you visit that page.

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Cache data can slow down your phone's overall browsing performance because it takes up storage space on your device. Therefore, it's a good idea to clear out your cache regularly. In this article, we mainly focus on clearing the web browser cache on an iPhone, but other types of cache include mobile app cache and CPU cache.

How to clear cache on iPhone

What you'll need: Everything you need to clear your browser cache is in the iPhone's settings app or the Safari app, so grab your iPhone to get started.

Remember that clearing the cache can clear private data, which can close all open tabs in Safari. This action is also likely to log you out of all your websites. You will be prompted to sign in the next time you open these sites. 

1. Go to your iPhone's Settings app

To delete Safari's cached data, open the  Settings  app on your iPhone. You can also do this task directly in the Safari app. We'll show the process of getting an empty browser cache through iPhone Settings because this approach gives you more options.

Tap Settings to begin clearing the iPhone cache.

2. Find Safari on the list

Within  Settings , scroll down through the list of options and apps until you see  Safari . Then tap on Safari  to access its settings.

Find Safari on the list.

3. Find the Clear History and Website Data option

To clear the app cache, scroll down through the  Safari  options, until you find an option for  Clear History and Website Data . Tap on this option to start clearing Safari's cache.

Tap on the option highlighted above.

4. Confirm you want to clear the browser cache

A popup will appear. Tap Clear History to confirm you want to delete Safari's browsing history and cache.

After confirming, the browser cache and cookies in Safari will be deleted from your iPhone, but your autofill information should still be on your device. Cached images and browser history will also be deleted, and you'll be logged out of any websites you were previously logged in to. 

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Your iPhone presents the option to close all your open tabs or keep them open for when you reopen Safari, a feature that wasn't available until recently. 

Tap on this option again to confirm.

How do I clear the cache from Chrome on iPhone?

If Google Chrome is your preferred browser, a substantial amount of data could be stored on your device, which could slow down performance. 

To clear browsing data and cache in Chrome, open the Google Chrome app and follow these steps:

  • Tap  Settings .
  • Go to  Privacy and Security .
  • Select  Clear Browsing Data .
  • Select the time from which you want to delete the data (if you want to delete all your browsing history, choose All Time ).
  • Go through the items you'd like to delete, like your Browsing History , Cookies and Site Data , Cached Images and Files , Saved Passwords , and Autofill Data .
  • Tap Clear Browsing Data  at the bottom of the screen to confirm.
  • Tap Done when you've deleted the Chrome cache.

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Clearing the browsing and cache data in Google Chrome doesn't close all open tabs, but the action will refresh each tab and log you out of websites. Once you tap on one of the tabs you want to access, you will have to log back in.

How can I browse on Safari without history?

If you're learning how to clear cache on an iPhone, you might wonder if there's a way to use Safari without saving any browsing history. You can turn on Private Browsing by following these steps:

  • Open  Safari .
  • Tap on  Tabs .
  • Choose Private .

You can also enable Private Browsing by going to your iPhone Settings, finding Safari, and toggling on the private option. 

How do I clear my app cache on my iPhone?

To clear the app cache from your iPhone Settings app, you can either delete and reinstall it, offload it, or try to clear the cache from within the app. Unfortunately, iOS apps don't have consistent settings across the board that would allow you to clear the cache of every app.

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Apps like TikTok and CapCut have options to Clear Cache within their respective settings. Amazon lets users delete their browsing history, while the Reddit app can clear local history. The results depend on what the app's settings let you do.

Is "clear cache" the same as offloading?

Not exactly, although app offloading can help boost phone performance if it's slowed down by low storage. To offload an app  means uninstalling it  without deleting any associated documents or data. 

To offload an app, go to  Settings , then  General , choose  iPhone Storage , select the app to offload, and then tap  Offload App . 

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If you ever download the app again, you'll pick up where you left off.

Are cookies and cache the same thing?

Cookies and cache are not the same. Cookies are data files that websites send to your phone, including saved passwords to keep you logged in to an account or website preferences from the previous time you visited. 

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To offload an app, go to  Settings , then  General , choose  iPhone Storage , select the app to offload, and then tap  Offload App . If you ever download the app again, you'll pick up where you left off. When you tap Offload App, you will delete the app cache. 

Can I block cookies on my iPhone?

While you can block cookies on Safari, the experts are divided on whether you should. Blocking cookies entirely means that websites won't be able to get information from you, but it also means that some websites may not even work correctly on your browser. Many users enjoy a more personalized browsing experience so cookies can be useful for some people.

 If you'd like to block cookies in Safari, follow these steps:

  • Go to  Settings  and select  Safari .
  • Tap on the toggle next to  Block All Cookies .

There are also third-party extensions that help you block cookies and trackers in Google Chrome, such as  Ghostery and Disconnect .

How do I check iPhone storage?

The iPhone's Settings can show you what's taking up most of your media storage, such as photos, videos, and music. You can also see each app's storage consumption, including temporary data. To view the details of your iPhone's storage space, follow these steps:

  • Go to the iPhone's Settings .
  • Tap on General .
  • Select iPhone Storage .
  • Scroll through to find the app you're looking for.
  • Tap on the app to view storage status and options.

Unfortunately, you can't clear your iPhone cache for third-party apps by going into your Settings app, but this approach does give you a visual of your iPhone's storage and the option to delete or offload apps.

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When you look at your device's storage space, you'll probably see recommended steps to optimize your iPhone's storage, like offloading unused apps.

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Note: Clearing your browsing history in Safari doesn’t clear any browsing histories kept independently by websites you visited, or your browsing history in other apps.

The Clear History menu. Below Clear Timeframe, Last hour is selected. All Profiles is selected below Clear For Profile. The Clear History button is at the bottom of the screen.

Below Clear Timeframe, choose how much of your browsing history to clear.

Note: If you have Safari profiles set up, select a profile to clear only the history of that profile, or select All Profiles.

Tap Clear History.

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It’s easy to clear Safari cache, history and cookies on your iPhone and iPad. This comes in handy when you want to delete some sensitive browsing information, in case you did not use Private Mode. Moreover, it can also help free up some space to keep your browser running efficiently. If Safari is being slow or behaving erratically, you can get rid of data to clear out the load. So let’s see what’s involved.

Why should you clear Safari cache?

  • Cookies can store a range of data, from your login details to your shopping preferences. If they become corrupted or get shared with perpetrators, they can put your information at risk.  
  • Clearing the Safari cache will prevent anyone else from seeing the websites you’ve been visiting and the searches you’ve been performing. If you’re utilizing a shared device or a public Wi-Fi network, this is extremely crucial. 
  • Overall, tips and tricks like this for Safari on your iPhone are simple but keep the data stored in your browser at a minimum and help free up space on your phone.

How to clear cache and history in Safari on iPhone or iPad

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and select Safari . 

Tap on Safari and select Clear History and Website Data

This procedure will remove all cookies, cache, and history from your iPhone completely. Furthermore, you can prevent the cache from piling up by surfing in the Private Browsing Mode .  

How to delete specific website data from Safari on iPhone or iPad

  • Go to the Settings app → Safari .
  • Scroll down to the bottom and tap Advanced . 

Go to the Settings app tap Safari scroll down and tap Advanced select Website Data

  • Once finalized, tap Done .

To remove data from all websites tap Remove All Website Data Remove Now

Clearing data from a particular website ensures the removal of all cookies. If you want, you can even customize Safari to your preference in a few simple steps.  

How to block cookies in Safari on iPhone

  • Under Privacy & Security, toggle on Block All Cookies .

Go to the Settings app Safari Under Privacy Security toggle on Block All Cookies Tap Block All

Yes. Clearing Safari cache, history, and cookies will log you out of the websites you are currently logged into.

No. Clearing your Safari cache, history, and cookies will not delete your bookmarks.

Yes. Clearing your Safari cache, history, and cookies will delete any saved passwords you have for websites.

Now, you’re safe…  

Clearing Safari cache, history, and cookies on iPhone can help you to secure your privacy and improve the performance of your device. It is a simple and easy process that only takes a few moments to complete.

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How to clear your Safari browser cache on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad

  • You can clear your cache on Safari in just a few steps on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Clearing your cache, as well as history and cookies, can help resolve your device's performance issues.
  • Clearing your cookies will clear your passwords as well, unless you save them with keychain.

A cache is a store of data. When you visit a website on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, the Safari browser keeps a snapshot of the pages you view.

If you go back to that website, Safari loads the cached page in an instant, instead of taking the time to retrieve the page from the internet again.

But an overloaded cache can take up storage space and cause your device to run inefficiently — and it could use a periodic clearing.

Here's what you need to know to clear your cache on Safari, as well as your cookies and browsing history.

How to clear Safari cache on Mac

You can either clear just your cache or your cache, history, and cookies. 

Clear your cache

1. Click on the Safari tab at the top left of your screen and choose Preferences from the dropdown menu.

2.  Click the Advanced tab of the menu that pops up.

3.  At the end of the tab, select the Show Develop menu in menu bar box and close the Preferences menu.

4. Click the Develop tab from the Safari menu at the top of the page.

5. Click Empty Caches from the dropdown menu.

Clear your cache, history, and cookies

You may also want to clear your browsing history and cookies in addition to emptying your cache. Here's how to do that.

1. Choose the History tab at the top of your screen.

2. At the very bottom of the dropdown menu, choose Clear History.

3.  A box pops up with a choice to clear the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history. Choose your time frame and click the Clear History button.  

Once you clear the history, it will also clear the cache and cookies associated with that time period.

How to clear Safari cache on iPhone or iPad

To clear your cache and browsing history:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap Safari .

3. Tap Clear History and Website Data .

4. On the screen that pops up, choose Clear History and Data .

To clear your cache but not your browsing history:

3. Tap Advanced .

4. Tap Website Data .

5. Choose Remove All Website Data .

What happens to saved passwords when you clear your cache

When you clear your cache, history, and cookies, you may discover that Safari has logged you out of your favorite websites.

While clearing Safari's cache alone will not delete your passwords, clearing your history and cookies can. That's because when you empty your cookies, you will lose their password data saved in Safari as well. And keep in mind that clearing your history also clears its associated cookies.

Luckily, Apple has a solution to this problem. If you use iCloud, check your iCloud settings on your phone or computer.

Make sure that you've checked the box for Safari. As long as this box is checked, any passwords you save through your browser will stay safe in your keychain .

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Clearing the cache can optimize your iPhone and iPad. Older temporary files take up space and potentially affect the speed and efficiency of your browser and other apps. Here's how you can clear the cache on your iPhone and iPad.

The iPhone stores the cache for websites your visit to load them quickly whenever you open them again. A similar thing applies to apps that fetch fresh updates. But if the cache becomes too old, it stops matching the new website data, and the load times for web pages and apps slow. So clearing that cache frees up storage and delivers a smoother overall performance.

Removing old temporary files from your browser is good for resetting the page load speeds back to normal and making room for newer cache files. We'll cover how to do this in Safari, Chrome, and Edge.

Clear Cache in Safari

To get started, open the "Settings" on your iPhone or iPad.

Select "Safari."

Scroll down and select "Clear History and Website Data." Note that this will also delete all browsing history and cookies .

Tap on the pop-up to confirm.

Clear Cache in Google Chrome

Open the Google Chrome browser and tap on the three horizontal dots in the bottom-right corner.

Select "Settings."

Head to the "Privacy" section.

Select "Clear Browsing Data."

Select the "Time Range" and choose "All Time." Then, select the items you want to erase. Keep in mind that removing passwords, browsing data, and autofill will also wipe it from Chrome on PC or Mac if you have enabled the Chrome sync.

Tap on red "Clear Browsing Data" at the bottom and confirm the pop-up.

Clear Cache in Microsoft Edge

Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your iPhone.

Tap the three horizontal dots in the center on the bottom bar.

Select "Settings" from the menu that pops up.

Tap on "Privacy and Security."

Tap "Time Range" and choose "All Time." Select the items you want to remove from Microsoft Edge.

Tap on "Clear Now" at the bottom to remove those unwanted data.

Related: How to Clear Your History in Any Browser

Several third-party apps come with a cache-clearing option to ensure a smooth experience on your iPhone. The difference is that the option resides either in the Settings app or within the app itself. For instance, you can make the official Twitter app faster on your iPhone by clearing its cache.

First, open the official Twitter app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on your profile picture in the top-left corner.

Select "Settings and Privacy."

Tap "Accessibility, Display, and Languages."

Tap "Data Usage."

Under the "Storage" section, select "Media Storage."

Select "Clear Media Storage" and tap on the prompt for confirmation.

Repeat the same process for the "Web Page Storage" and choose whether you want to remove all data from the Twitter app or only of the sites you had visited inside it.

Apart from clearing the browser and app caches, you can still make space and speed up your iPhone.

Not many apps offer an option to remove cache inside the app's settings. That leaves you with one option:  deleting and reinstalling apps. That process removes the cache and other files with the app. Unfortunately, you'll need to log in to some apps again. Using the built-in password manager  or a third-party password manager app, however, makes that easy.

Alternatively, to free up space on your iPhone or iPad, you can offload unused apps instead of deleting and reinstalling them. This removes the app from your device while retaining data files in case you want to use the app again later.

Related: How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone or iPad by Offloading Unused Apps

You may store thousands of photos and videos on your iPhone and eventually might run out of space. Thankfully, the Photos app lets you back up those photos to iCloud  while leaving compressed , more storage-efficient versions of the photos on your device.

Before you begin, make sure you've enabled the option to back up your photos to iCloud.

To get started, open the "Settings" app on your iPhone or iPad.

Head to the "Photos" section.

Select the "Optimize iPhone Storage" option and close the "Settings" app.

Your iPhone will take a backup of the photos and videos in full resolution to iCloud, provided you have enough storage space there.

Similarly, you can also optimize storage by letting iOS decide to remove the downloaded songs you haven't listened in a long time.

For that, fire up the "Settings" app and select "Music."

Select "Optimize Storage."

Turn on the toggle for "Optimize Storage," and then iOS will eventually remove the tracks you no longer listen to in the Music app. Also, you can choose what amount of storage you want to restain for music downloads.

Related: No, iCloud Isn't Backing Them All Up: How to Manage Photos on Your iPhone or iPad

If your iPhone or iPad sluggishness persists, you can always reset your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. Follow our guide to factory resetting your iPhone or iPad for details on how to prepare for and initiate this process.

Once your iPhone resets to factory settings, you can set it up again and restore the backup without iTunes .

Related: How to Back Up and Restore Your iPhone or iPad without iTunes

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It doesn’t take long for caches to fill up on iOS. From the default Safari browser, to third-party apps, follow along for how to clear the cache, history, and cookies on iPhone and iPad.

While clearing the cache in Safari is quick and easy with one fell swoop, the process can be different with third-party apps. We’ll first look at how to clear the cache in Safari on iPhone and iPad and then tackle other apps.

We’ve also got a walkthrough on clearing the cache, history, and cookies on Mac, check that out here .

How to clear cache on iPhone & iPad in Safari and other apps

  • Open  Settings
  • Swipe down and tap Safari
  • Swipe down again and tap Clear History and Website Data , tap it once again to confirm
  • If you’d like to clear data from individual websites without clearing the entire Safari cache, at the very bottom of Safari settings choose Advanced > Website Data > Edit (or swipe from right to left to delete individual items).

Keep in mind website data deleted from iPhone or iPad will be removed from your other Apple devices signed in to the same iCloud account if they sync with Safari.

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Clear cache on iPhone for third-party apps

  • Clearing the cache of third-party apps varies from developer to developer. Some like Slack offer an option in the app preferences in iOS Settings, while others like Facebook don’t. Check out the settings of your apps to see your options (Settings app > app name).
  • For apps that don’t provide a clear cache button, deleting the app and reinstalling it is another option.

You can always take a look at Settings   > General > iPhone Storage to prioritize which third-party apps you may want to tackle first.

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When you delete cookies from Safari on your iPhone or iPad, you free up storage space and improve your device's performance speeds. Clearing the cache and deleting cookies can also help safeguard your online privacy! We'll show you how to clear your cache and cookies, plus how to disable cookies for future browsing if you choose to do so.

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Cookies are pieces of data placed on your iPhone or iPad (or any other device on which you browse the internet) by the websites you visit in order to enhance your browsing experience and collect your data. From helping you retain login information to tracking what sites you typically visit or what items you are interested in on Amazon, cookies and their associated data can make your web experience quicker, smoother, and more intuitive. They can also be used to track you in ways you don't want, though, and after a while, cookies and their saved data can take up valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad and diminish overall performance. To learn other ways to improve your Apple devices' performance, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Keep in mind, though, that clearing cookies on your iPhone will delete saved logins and other website information.

How to Delete Cookies from Safari on iPhone or iPad

If you're ready to clear cookies from Safari, here's what to do:

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When you clear cookies along with your Safari browsing history, you'll be able to save additional storage space. Also, if you ever have issues with Safari, clearing the cookies and history is beneficial in helping you troubleshoot. If you're ready to free up storage space on your iPhone by deleting cookies and clearing your Safari browsing history, here's how to go about it:

Tap Safari

And that's it! Remember that after you delete cookies on your iPhone or iPad, you will be logged out of any accounts you were signed into.

You can also permanently disable cookies on iPhone or iPad if you wish. Keep in mind that permanently disabling cookies may prevent websites from working properly. For example, you will likely be unable to log in to a website when entering your correct username and password. You might receive messages that will tell you to enable cookies or that cookies are turned off. Plus, some features may not work on a website. A good alternative to permanently disabling cookies on iPhone or iPad, if you want to prevent cookies from accumulating, is to  turn on Private Browsing from within your Safari browser. But if you'd like to try disabling all cookie collection, here's how:

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Now that you know why cookies matter and how to clear storage space by deleting saved cookies and your Safari browsing history, you might also like to learn  how to hide apps on your iPhone .

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