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How to Clear the Safari Cache on Your iPhone

The iPhone’s cache is where your phone stores app data and Safari browser memory. Here’s how to clear both Safari and app cache.

Your iPhone’s cache is where your phone stores app data and Safari browser memory. Think of it just as clearing the cache on a browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Clearing the cache can clean up unneeded junk and help improve performance and clear space on your phone.

Note: It’s important to note that clearing your iPhone’s cache will erase important data from third-party apps. It may cause them to act differently than when you had them set up. It will also erase records of visited sites and other data recorded while browsing the web.

Clear Safari iPhone Cache

To get started head to Settings > Safari.

Next, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and go to Advanced > Website Data.

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Now tap Remove all Website data and Remove Now.

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This clears out your iPhone cache including browsing history, cookies, location data, and more.

Clear App Cache

This is a more tricky one. Not in its execution, but whether or not you want to do it. Deleting app cache will free up space, but will make the apps behave how they did when first installed. You might need to log in to certain apps again and set them up again, too.

The process essentially involves deleting an app outright to clear its data and reinstalling it again.

To get started to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and scroll down the list of apps and tap the one you want to clear. Click Delete App and Delete App again to confirm. Now that all the data is gone including the app, you can go back and reinstall it from the Apple App Store.

Also, note that there is an option to Offload an app. This gets rid of the app but keeps its cache in place for when you want to install it again.

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