How to Clear Cache on iPhone & iPad Safari
Caches can take up storage space on iPhone and iPad, and if you spend a lot of time using Safari on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may discover that caches have accrued considerably over time and wish to clear them out.
Additionally, systems administrators, web developers, web designers, and other web workers and IT staff may need to manually clear caches from Safari on iPhone and iPad for various testing purposes.
The following article details how you can clear cache, cookies, browsing data, and history from Safari on iPhone and iPad.
How to Clear Cache in Safari on iPhone & iPad
It’s important to point out that when you clear cache from an iPhone or iPad, other devices using the same iCloud account will also clear their Safari browsing history. For example, if you clear history on your iPhone, the history will also be cleared from your iPad. There is no way around that limitation regarding cache clearing and web data removal.
- Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
- Scroll down to “Safari” and choose that
- Navigate down in Safari settings to tap on “Clear History and Website Data”
- Tap to confirm hat you want to “Clear History and Data” to clear cache from Safari
All caches, Safari browsing data, cookies, and browsing history will have been removed from the iPhone or iPad, as well as any other synced device with iCloud.
Earlier versions of iOS allowed more specific controls for specifically deleting caches, clearing only cookies, and clearing only browser history, but modern iOS and iPadOS versions have simplified this procedure into a single option.
This obviously covers the Safari browser, but if you use other mobile browsers in iOS and iPadOS you can typically clear caches from them too, albeit with different processes. For example, clearing cache from Chrome on iOS and iPadOS. Or if you use a browser like Firefox Focus, the caches and web data will clear automatically every time you quit the app, a bit like a permanent Incognito Mode.
You also might be wondering about clearing caches from other specific applications beyond Safari and web browsers, which is a valid curiosity. It turns out that many apps have built-in cache clearing mechanisms for manually removing that type of data, but many others don’t. One of the most effective ways to clear out an applications cache from iPhone or iPad is to delete the apps “Documents and Data” from iPhone or iPad by essentially removing the application and then downloading it again – doing so will remove all app data as well however, including login information, so keep that in mind if you go that route.
If you have any other thoughts or information about deleting and clearing caches from iPhone and iPad, share with us in the comments.