PSA: Clear your iPhone cache every month

Your iPhone does a lot of work. It wakes you up in the morning, handles your texts, lets you browse your favorite social media apps, and lets you search for weird, one-off facts you want to know. But this web browsing adds up over time, which is why you should make a routine to clear your cache.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer Chromium or Safari or any other browser, your phone gets digitally cluttered over time. Clearing your cache lightly resets your browser, making your web browsing faster, whether you’re using iOS 15 or the iOS 16 public beta. You can also manage your iPhone storage to help him get it working again quickly.

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Clearing your cache is like clearing your browser counters. Typically, visiting a website requires your phone to download information such as photos, banners, and other data. To help speed up this process, most Internet browsers store some of this data in a cache so that it is easier to retrieve. It’s the same idea as throwing your keys on the kitchen counter, because they’ll be easy to retrieve the next time you need them.

Things become less convenient when your browser’s cache is outdated and the data retrieved no longer matches the data actually used on the website. The result? Slower loading speeds and wonky website formatting. It’s the equivalent of throwing away your keys and your mail, your coat, your reusable cup and whatever’s on your counter. Suddenly, you have no more room to do anything.

This is why clearing your cache can be useful: it gives sites a fresh start in your browser and frees up space in your storage. Note that clearing your cache will log you out of sites you are currently logged into. Still, it’s usually worth enduring that slight inconvenience each month to keep things moving quickly.

Here are step-by-step guides on how to clear your cache on your iPhone based on the Navigator you use.

How to clear your iPhone cache in Safari

Safari is the default browser on iPhones, and you can clear your Safari cache in a few short steps. Starting with iOS 11, following this process will affect all devices connected to your iCloud account. As a result, all the caches of your devices will be cleared and you will have to log in to everything the next time you use them. Here’s what to do.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Select Safari in the app list.

3. Go to Advanced > Website Data.

4. Scroll down and select Clear history and website data.

5. Picking out Delete now in the dialog box.

Then you are ready!

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How to Clear Your iPhone Cache in Chrome

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Clearing your iPhone cache in Chrome is easy.

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Chromium is another popular browser for iPhone users. The overall process of clearing your Chrome cache requires a few extra steps, and you’ll need to perform the operations through the Chrome browser itself. Here’s how.

1. Open the Chromium application.

2. Select the three dots at the bottom right to open more options.

3. Scroll down and select Settings.

4. Select Privacy in the next menu.

5. Then select Clear browsing data to open a final menu.

6. Select the forecast time range at the top of the menu (anywhere from last hour to all time).

seven. Be sure that Cookies, site data is selected, as well as Cached images and files. Finally, hit Clear browsing data at the bottom of the screen.

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How to clear your iPhone cache in Firefox

If you are a firefox devotee, don’t worry. Clearing your iPhone cache is quite simple. Just follow these steps.

1. Click on the hamburger menu in the lower right corner to open the options.

2. Picking out Settings at the bottom of the menu.

3. Select Data management in the Privacy section.

4. You can select Website data to clear data for individual sites, or select Erase private data at the bottom of the screen to clear data from all selected fields.

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What happens when you clear the cache?

Clearing your cache removes website data that your phone has stored locally to avoid having to download that data each time you visit. The data in your cache accumulates over time and can end up slowing things down if it gets too large. (My phone had about 150MB of data stored in Chrome when I checked.) Clearing that data gives sites a fresh start, which can fix some loading errors and speed up your browser. However, clearing your cache also logs you out of pages, so be prepared to log back in to anything.

How often should I clear my cache?

Most people only need to clear their caches once a month or two. This is usually when your browser will create a large enough cache to start slowing things down. If you frequent a large number of sites, you should clear your cache more often instead.

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