How To Clear the iPhone Cache

December 2016

Just as a computer stores information about a user's internet browsing and general activity, the iPhone also retains and stores a wealth of data about your daily use in the form of cookies, caches, and internet history. Over time, this accumulation of data ends up occupying a substantial amount space in the memory of an iPhone. In some cases, this data can also generate bugs in some applications.

In order to keep your phone running smoothly, it is very important that you clear your iPhone cache on a regular basis. Unfortunately, caches on the iPhone are not centrally located, but each cache can be accessed in each individual application.

Clear App Cache and App Data on iPhone

In terms of applications, it is unfortunately not possible to empty a global cache. Users must go directly into each application to clear its cache. Note that some applications do not offer this option. In this case, you may clear your caches by uninstalling and then reinstalling an application. This will reset the application, as well as the data recorded during previous use.


The Safari browser cache can be accessed by going to Settings > Safari. If your phone is running iOS 6 or earlier, tap the Clear Cache option to delete your history and information; iOS 7 users should select the Clear History and Website Data option.

It is important to note that a phone keeps a record of all visited pages and applications loaded on a device, causing unnecessary loss of memory and battery. To remove these records on iOS 6, simply double-click the home button, and then touch and hold an application until it starts to shake. Then, tap the red icon to delete it. You can repeat these steps as many times as desired.

There are some applications available on the App Store that do this cleaning automatically, but iOS restricts access to these options unless a phone is jailbroken. These apps can clear caches by accessing the data directly (without the need to uninstall any applications); however, jailbroken phones may not always have access to the applications needed to erase your iPhone caches.

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