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Clearing the cache on an iPhone and iPad

Caching can be a big problem for the storage of our iPhone over time. It is important to perform maintenance every few years in order to remove these files that only take up valuable space on our iPhone. In this article we explain how you can easily remove it.

What is caching

The cache or buffer is a hardware or software system that allows you to save data for future requests. This way an application when we start it can load in a much faster way and show us information that we had left recorded in the last start. The downside is that this cache is stored without any control as it is only increasing. That’s why we have to do some maintenance to be able to remove it.

Clearing the cache on an iPhone and iPad
Clearing the cache on an iPhone and iPad

The problem is that when we remove this cache we will see how the application or website starts in a slower way and the previous screen or login will not be saved. It’s typical to be logged in to Twitter and when we clear the cache we have to log in again.

Clear Safari Cache

The browser on our iPhone and iPad is undoubtedly one of the biggest cache generators as we use it several times a day. That’s why we must clear the cache every little time if we need space on our computer. This maintenance task can be performed on different occasions. In one of them you will delete both the cache and the browsing history , and simply follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings and go to the ‘Safari’ section almost at the end.
  2. Go down a bit and click on ‘Clear History and Website Data’.
  3. We will confirm the action through the pop-up message that will appear on the screen.

In case you want to keep your browsing history on all your computers, it is possible to delete only the browsing data. The process can be a bit more cumbersome but is still extremely simple as there are only a few extra steps to add. In particular, the steps are as follows:

  1. Go to Settings and go to the ‘Safari’ section almost at the end.
  2. At the bottom you will see ‘Advanced’ where you must click and then the first section called ‘Web site data’.
  3. Once all the data is loaded, we’ll see how much cache each of the websites stores.
  4. Click on ‘Delete all data’ at the end.

In this way we ensure that the data in our web history is not touched, which can be a bit annoying.

Clearing the cache of third-party apps

But not only can the web browser end up storing a lot of garbage in the form of files, but third-party applications do too. The problem is that the system to remove the cache of these applications from the local file goes through removing the application completely. To do this simply follow the steps below:

  1. Go to General Settings.
  2. Go to ‘iPhone Storage’.
  3. If you download, you will find all the applications you have downloaded and their weight.
  4. Enter the application you want to clear the cache for.
  5. Click on ‘Remove app’.

This will remove the entire application and you will have to reinstall it. This is the process that should always be followed to remove all traces of the application on the iPhone. If we uninstall an app by pressing and holding the icon on the home screen, all these temporary ‘junk’ files are kept. That’s why in this list you’ll see at the end that there are some applications that you don’t have installed on the iPhone but that are still present through different temporary files.

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