Clearing cache on an iPhone can come in handy to a lot of users because of the nature of iOS. iOS is a very robust Operating System and the most optimized one for a mobile device but sometimes the OS doesn’t behave as the way it should. In theory, the OS should clear any data that is unwanted after its use. For example, if you’re streaming a netflix movie of say, 4GB, the iOS should delete it after you close the app. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen. These unwanted files or “cache” files gets stuck in your device and require you to manually clear them. Hence, a lot of users wonder how to clear cache on iPhone.
There are some ways through which you can clear the cache of your phone. We will have a look at them one by one. But before that you may want to check what’s consuming your iPhone’s storage. To do that go to Settings<General<iPhone Storage
Clearing Safari’s Cache:
You can clear your browser’s cache by following the steps mentioned below.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Safari.
- Clear History and Website data.
- Go to Settings<General<iPhone Storage and check if this helps clear some cache on the phone.
Now this method can sometimes help you clear any unwanted data on your phone, but not all the time. You may still be having your phone storage choked out. Let’s now move on to another method that is a bit time consuming but can get rid of your problem.
Clearing your iPhone’s app data:
In most of the cases it’s various apps that have unnecessary cache stored in the device. iOS doesn’t provide users with an option to clear cache from each app, instead you have to offload the app. Offloading an app is essentially uninstalling an app but the icon would be there and it will re-download itself once you tap on the icon. Offloading an app clears all the data including the cache of the app.
Follow the instructions below to Offload those apps which have an unusually large amount of documents and data.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to General.
- Go to iPhone storage.
- Now you have two options, you can either select Offload unused apps to Offload the apps that you don’t use much.
- Or, you can select apps that take more space and manually Offload them.
Following above instructions will most likely get rid of the problem. You can check the storage status and check if the storage is freed. Even after following every instruction mentioned above you aren’t able to solve the issue, there is one last thing that you can do but it should be used as the last option.
- You can Backup and Restore your device which will restore all the app settings to where it was.
- First connect to a wi-fi network and then go to Settings<Click on your name and select iCloud and turn everything ON. Double check everything. Scroll down and select iCloud backup and click on backup now. Let the backup get complete.
- To Restore, go to Settings<General<Reset and select Erase All Content and Settings
- Confirm to Reset after reading the warning.
- After Reset, when the phone restarts, select “Set Up Manually” and choose the Wi-fi network and continue.
- After that select ”Restore from iCloud backup” and click on the latest backup. It will take some time and the device will restart several times after which the device will turn on normally to where left off.
You will notice that the icons are grey, that simply mean that the apps are getting downloaded and will be back to normal in some time. I hope that after following all the steps you’ll be able to solve the issue and know how to clear cache on iPhone.
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