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How many tabs are open on your mobile browser right now? Go ahead, check -- you might be surprised by what you find.
Americans spend over five hours a day on their smartphones. That's over five hours of your phone potentially accessing, retrieving, and saving cache and cookies, which can negatively impact your iPhone's storage space.
Cache is the temporary storage of some data, like parts of a website from the last time you visited it, for example. Browser cache is content from a website that is stored on your phone during a browser session to help the browser perform faster the next time you visit that page.
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Cache data can slow down your phone's browsing performance since it takes up storage space in your device, so it's good to clear it out regularly.
What you'll need: All you will need to clear browser cache is within the iPhone's settings app, so you'll only need your iPhone to do this.
Important: Clearing the cache will clear private data as it closes all open tabs in Safari, which means doing this will likely log you out of any websites, prompting you to sign in again next time you open them.
In order to delete the cached data from Safari, you'll have to open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Within Settings, scroll down until Safari comes up, then tap on it to select it.
To clear the app cache, scroll down through the Safari options, until you find a button for Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it to get started clearing the browser cache.
A pop-up will appear, press Clear History and Data to confirm you want to clear browsing data within Safari.
After confirming, the browser cache and cookies in Safari are deleted from your iPhone, but your autofill information should still be on your device. Cached images and browser history are also deleted, and you'll be logged out of any websites you were previously logged into.
If Google Chrome is your preferred browser, it may have a substantial amount of data stored on your device, which could also slow down performance.
To clear the cache in Chrome, you must open the Google Chrome app and follow these steps:
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It seems that clearing the browsing and cache data in Google Chrome doesn't close all open tabs, but it will refresh each tab and log you out of websites. Once you tap on one of the tabs you want to access, you'll have to log back in.
If you want to learn how to clear cache on iPhone, you may wonder if there's a way to use Safari without saving any browsing history. You can turn on Private Browsing by following these steps:
To clear app cache from your iPhone Settings app, you can either delete the app and reinstall it, offload it, or try to clear the cache from within the app. Unfortunately, iOS apps don't have consistent settings across the board that would allow you to clear the cache of every app.
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Apps like TikTok and CapCut, for example, have options to Clear Cache within their respective settings. Amazon lets users delete their browsing history, while the Reddit app can clear local history. It all depends on what the app's settings let the user do.
Not exactly, though offloading can help if your phone is slowed down by low storage. Offloading uninstalls an app without deleting any documents or data associated with them.
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To offload an app, go to Settings, then General, choose iPhone Storage and select the app to offload, then tap Offload App. If you ever download it again, you just pick up where you left off on that app.
Cookies and cache are not the same. Cookies are tiny pieces of data that websites send to your phone, including things like saved passwords to keep you logged into an account or even the website preferences from the previous time you visited.
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Though they do sound harmless, cookies can also track how you browse the internet. They monitor patterns in your browsing and search history, even seeing what you clicked on or what your mouse hovered over. Ever made an innocuous search on Amazon only to find ads for it on all the apps you use?
While you can block cookies on Safari, the ranks are divided on whether you should. Blocking cookies entirely means that websites won't be able to get information from you, but it also means that some websites may not even work correctly on your browser. A lot of users actually enjoy a more personalized browsing experience, so cookies are a good thing for them.
If you'd like to block the cookies on Safari, follow these steps:
There are also third-party extensions that help you block cookies and trackers in Google Chrome, like Ghostery and Disconnect.
On an iPhone, Settings can show you what's taking up most of your media storage, like photos, videos and music. You can also see what each particular app's storage consumption is, which includes temporary data. To view the details of your iPhone's storage space, follow these steps:
Unfortunately, you can't clear your iPhone cache for third-party apps by going into your Settings app, but this gives you a visual of your iPhone's storage and the option to delete or offload apps.
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When you look at the device's storage space, you'll probably see recommended steps you can take to optimize your iPhone's storage, like offloading unused apps.