A comprehensive guide on how you can clear cache on iPhone.
If you are reading this then you most likely want to clear the cache of the apps you have on your iPhone. Now, before we get to how to do that, let’s see what cache data actually is what it does to your device.
What is cache and why should we clear it?
Cache data are just temporary data, usually in small sizes, that are stored on your iPhone which makes a lot of things in the app, most the things you’ve done before, quicker or smoother.
What this means is that if you used an internet browser to visit a website for the first time, you’ll notice that the website with load considerably slow compared to the next couple of times you visit the website using the same browser.
This is possible thanks to the cache data that the browser has stored the first time you visited the website. Now, you might be thinking how does this cache data makes visiting a website the second or third time quicker and smoother?
Well, inside the cache date lies things like the website header, the background layer and some other constant things about the website that isn’t going to change.
So after visiting the website the first time, all these data are saved on your device and are called cache. This way, when next you visit the website, your browser already knows what to expect thanks to cache, and the only new thing it has to actually load is the new articles and probably new photos on the website – cache data takes care of the rest which makes it load quicker.
Asides from browsers, this also happens with other apps. However, it is mostly synonymous with browsers. Instagram for example also has cache data and this why some videos you’ve watched earlier still auto-play even when you don’t have an internet connection – it is playing it from the saved cache data which it already has.
Now, If the cache can do all this, why would someone want to clear it? Well, the cache can be good and it can also be bad. Having too much cache can weigh down not only the app but also your phone in general because the cache is meant for temporary data and ought to be cleared once in while.
After clearing the cache data, it still gets filled with data again from the apps you used but that’s just the way it. However, this gives it a fresh start. An example to best why you should clear your cache once in a while is the fact that your browser, for example, stores cache data of all the websites you’ve visited, some of which you visited through Google search and will most likely never visit again.
This is the kind of data we have in mind while clearing cache data. As for the website you visit regularly, it’ll load up a fresh new cache when next you visit the website and keeps things running smooth. Now that we’ve fully understood what cache data is, let’s go ahead and see how to clear it on the iPhone X, XS and 11 Pro Max.
How to clear cache on iPhone X, XS and 11 Pro Max
There is no clear cut way to clear cache for all apps on the aforementioned iPhone models. However, there is a way to do it individually for each app as different apps treat their cache data differently.
- For Apps like the Safari browser, you just need to navigate to your phone’s settings
- Scroll down and tap on “Safari” then tap on “Clear History and Website Data” and Confirm.
- Some other apps require you to check their app preferences under iOS settings where you’ll see the option to clear cache while others have the option to clear cache inside the app’s Settings.
If an app doesn’t have the option to clear cache data in its app preferences or within the app’s settings then you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall the app in order to be able to clear its cache data.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about cache data and how to clear them on iPhone X, XS and 11 Pro Max. You can now make your phone faster and even free up some storage space in the process. Don’t forget to leave us a comment down below if you still have questions about this article.