iPhone & iPad: How to clear cache, history, and cookies

How to clear cache iPhone and iPad

It doesn’t take long for caches to fill up on iOS. From the default Safari browser, to third-party apps, follow along for how to clear the cache, history, and cookies on iPhone and iPad.

While clearing the cache in Safari is quick and easy with one fell swoop, the process can be different with third-party apps. We’ll first look at how to clear the cache in Safari on iPhone and iPad and then tackle other apps.

We’ve also got a walkthrough on clearing the cache, history, and cookies on Mac, check that out here.

How to clear cache on iPhone & iPad in Safari and other apps


  1. Open Settings
  2. Swipe down and tap Safari
  3. Swipe down again and tap Clear History and Website Data, tap it once again to confirm

Alternately, if you’d like to clear data from individual websites without clearing the entire Safari cache, at the very bottom of Safari settings choose Advanced > Website Data > Edit (or swipe from right to left to delete individual items).

Keep in mind website data deleted from iPhone or iPad will be removed from your other Apple devices signed in to the same iCloud account if they sync with Safari.

Clear cache on iPhone for third-party apps

You can always take a look at Settings > General > iPhone Storage to prioritize which third-party apps you may want to tackle first.

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