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How to clear cache on iPhone — declutter your iOS device

How to clear iPhone cache
How to clear iPhone cache (Image credit: Future)

"How to clear cache on iPhone" is a query experiencing an uptick on Google search as it appears iOS users are ready to free up some space on their devices. As we surf Safari and run several apps, we collect a lot of junk along the way, piling up tons of superfluous files in our device's cache.

Your iPhone's cache, a reserved location in your device that preserves temporary data, can help websites and apps load faster. However, it can eat up your storage as well, so if you want to clear your cache once and for all, we've got an easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to get rid of all the clutter.

How to clear cache on iPhone: Clear browser cache

If you're experiencing some performance issues, clearing your browser cache may help. The files in your cache are small, but over time, they add up and impact the speed of your device. Don't worry; we've got an easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to clear your browser cache.

1. Go to Settings (the app with the gear icon).

2. Scroll down until you see Safari. Tap it.

How to clear iPhone cache

How to clear iPhone cache (Image credit: Future)

3. Tap on Clear History and Website Data.

4. A message will appear warning you that clearing your cache will remove history, cookies and other browsing data. Tap on "Clear History and Data."

How to clear cache on iPhone: Clear app cache

In order to get rid of your app cache, you must "offload" them. This frees up storage space, but leaves your user data intact. Should you want to re-download the app, all your data will be reinstated without the tedium of restoring everything from scratch. Here's how to clear your app cache.

1. Go to Settings.

2. Tap on General

How to clear iPhone cache

How to clear iPhone cache (Image credit: Future)

3. Tap on iPhone Storage.

4. Here, you'll see an exhaustive list of apps on your phone. Click the one you'd like to clear and tap Offload App.

How to clear cache iPhone

How to clear cache iPhone (Image credit: Future)

5. You'll get a message informing you that the app will be deleted, but its documents and data will remain. Tap Offload App.

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!