Slow iPhone? No more storage space? Clearing the cache on your iPhone may help.
There are a number of ways to improve the performance of your iPhone, but clearing the cached data is a quick and easy way to give it a jolt.
You don’t need to clear your iPhone’s cache every day, but it’s probably a good idea to do it every once in a while so that the data doesn’t hinder its performance.
If your iPhone is malfunctioning or you just want to quickly clean up internal storage without deleting photos and videos, here’s how to clear cache on iPhone.
Clear cache on iPhone
If you are a Safari user, you will want to delete cookies and other data. If you use Safari on other devices, the data on those devices will also be erased if they’re signed in to the same iCloud account.
- Go to your Settings app.
- Scroll down to Safari.
- Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section and tap Clear History & Website Data.
- A window pops up and you want to tap Clear history and data.
As Apple notes, this deletes your browsing history, cookies, and other browsing data. However, it will not clear the AutoFill information.
If you are not a Safari user, you may not have much data to clear. In that case, you should check your third-party applications.
The process will be a little different for each application. For example, if you’re using Slack, you’ll need to go to the app’s settings through the Settings app and enable Reset cache on next startup.
If you’re using Google’s Chrome browser, you’ll need to go to the app itself and tap the three horizontal circles in the lower right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design yet.
Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you want to delete. If you notice a heavy slowdown, you may want to clear everything.
Some apps don’t give you a clear and obvious way to clear the cache. In that case, we recommend that you take a look at your iPhone’s storage space. Here’s how to do that.
- Go to the Settings app.
- Go to General.
- Tap iPhone Storage.
This section gives you an overview of your apps and how much space they take up. If you scroll down, you can see which apps are taking up the most space. In many cases, this is likely the Photos and/or Messages app.
If you tap on an app, iOS will give you a readout and give you a few options to help manage its storage. This is useful if you find that an app you rarely use is taking up a lot of space or an app you use often is taking up more space than you’d like.
In some applications you will see two options: Remove App and Remove App. Unloading an app removes it from your iPhone, but you keep all of the data, which is practical if you think you could use the app in the future. All your data will be restored if you reinstall the app.
Deleting the app will remove the app from your phone and also delete your data. If you never use an application and it takes up a lot of storage space, consider uninstalling it.
If you’re the forgetful type, you can tell iOS to automatically offload unused apps. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Settings
- Go to General
- Tap iPhone Storage
- On that screen, you should see a blue Show all icon on the right. Tap it.
- On the next screen, tap the blue Enable button next to Offload unused apps.
iOS will only unload apps if your iPhone is dangerously low on storage.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.