Electronic devices like iPhone or iPad carry out a huge amount of processes and tasks. To carry this large number of processes, a cache memory is needed to help speed up the execution of certain repetitive or similar processes. The larger the cache memory of a device or system, the faster the execution speed; however, when this cache stores too much information, it can cause the opposite effect, that is, that the performance of your iPhone or iPad is reduced.
Related: How to clear Cache data on your Android device.
If your iPhone or iPad is running slower than normal, it may be due to the storage being almost full, or there are several hidden files (cached) that prevent it from running at optimal speed.
Whenever you use your iPhone or iPad, a lot of small hidden files are created in the apps you run. These small files contain the data necessary to run these applications. These are stored in a temporary area of your device’s memory called the cache. These files include large amounts of memory, junk files and other unwanted or temporary cache files, and while your iPhone or iPad can have the iOS system clear the cache automatically, the user can also do it manually.
Your iPhone or iPad contains several different types of cache such as the App Store and Safari, so there is no single method that will clear all cache types at once. Notwithstanding, if you want to delete the cache of your iPhone or iPad, here is how to do it:
Clear the cache on your iPhone or iPad
The most general way to clear the cache of your iPhone or iPad with iOS, is to restart your device. Although this does not clear all types of cache, such as that of the web browser (Safari) or some third-party applications, it does nevertheless eliminate temporary files that allows to solve slowdown problems and frees up storage.
Clear web browser cache
The Safari browser cache is possibly the most commonly cleared cache on any iOS device. Safari is the main web browser on iPhone or iPad and as usual, it contains saved web pages, cookies and images, among other files.
To clear the cache of Safari, you will have to carry out the following steps:
1) Access the Settings app> Safari.
2) Click on the option: Delete history and website data.
3) In the new menu you will have to confirm the action by clicking on: Delete history and data.
Note: to delete individual website data without completely clearing the Safari cache, you can go to: Advanced> Website data> Edit.
Clear the cache in the App Store
All iOS devices incorporate the pre-installed App Store, and with it also its cache that influences the way the iPhone or iPad is used. Sometimes it can prevent you from updating apps when there is a problem.
To clear the App Store cache, please do the following:
1) Open the app: App Store.
2) In the section bar at the bottom of the interface it will show several icons. Click on those icons 10 times in a row.
3) This will cause the app to restart automatically. Once this happens, the cache has been cleared.
Clear the cache of third-party applications
Clearing the cache of third-party apps may vary since some do not allow it to be done directly; It depends on whether the developer offers this feature or not. For this, you will have, for example, to verify the configuration of said application and check its options, such as the twitter cache.
If you have applications that do not have a specific option to clear the cache, you will have to delete and reinstall it. To do this, perform the following operation:
1) Go to: Settings> General> iPhone Storage.
2) Locate and select the app to get more information about it.
3) On the application screen, check the section: Documents and data. This will give you information on how much space this app uses.
4) Follow the normal steps to remove from the application, but remember that this may delete all the files created by the application. However, this will also clear the cache.
Your iPhone or iPad will give you the option to save documents and data in the application. If they are items that you can download again, delete them. If not, save them.
Alternatively, you can try a third-party cleaning software, although it is very likely that to run it, you will have to use your computer instead of your iPhone or iPad.
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