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How to clear Safari’s cache and cookies on Mac

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There are a handful of situations when clearing Safari’s cookies or cache–one of the places where Safari stores website data to avoid having to download it afresh each time you access a site–can help improve your browsing experience.

The first is when websites simply stop working when you access them on Safari. Perhaps Facebook stops updating with new posts, for example, or the images on a site don’t appear as they should. If this happens, it’s likely the cache has become corrupted.

Alternatively, if you find that personal info automatically completed on sites isn’t correct, deleting cookies can help. These are small files that sites use to save data about you and what you do on the site.

Even if none of these problems affect you, periodically cleaning browser data can help protect your privacy from snoops who want to discover what you’ve been up to online. In this article, therefore, we explain how to clear Safari’s cache and cookies on Mac.

We also have an article that explains How to clear cache on a Mac.

How to clear Safari cookies and cache for websites

Cleaning cookies and the cache data for individual sites can be done via Safari’s Settings/Preferences.

  • Open Safari
  • Click on Safari in the menu at the top of the screen.
  • Click on Settings or Preferences (depending on the version of macOS you are running).
  • Go to the Privacy tab.
  • Click on Manage Website Data…
  • Choose Remove All or select websites individually to remove.

After the data is loaded you’ll probably see a long list of websites. You can choose to Remove All or just select individual websites you want to remove from this list. If you want to select a number of different sites you can click on one and then press and hold the Command key to select a second, third or fourth and so on. We recommend that you don’t select hundreds this way – it’s better to delete in batches just in case you have to start over.

If you would prefer to select all and then deselect the ones you want to keep you can do so. Use Command + A to select all, then press and hold Command while clicking on any website you are happy to keep in this list. Just click Remove afterwards, not Done, as that will just undo all your hard work.

There’s a search field you can use to track down individual sites.

Bear in mind that deleting cookies might remove autocompleted login usernames and passwords for sites, and will almost certainly log you out of that site if you’ve configured it to automatically log in each time you visit.

How to clear Safari's cache and history on Mac: Privacy

How to clear Safari cache

The hidden Safari Developer menu can be used to clear just the cache, leaving cookies and the browser history in place. This is a very useful diagnostic step to take before removing those two items if a website behaves badly.

If you just want to clear all your cache you can do so by following these steps:

  • Open Safari.
  • Click on Safari in menu bar at top of screen.
  • Click on Settings/Preferences (depending on the version of macOS you are running).
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Check the box beside Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar.
  • Now there will be a new Develop tab in the menu at the top of your screen. Click on this.
  • Click on Empty Caches.

Alternatively click on Option/Alt + Command + E.

Close any open Safari windows and select Empty Caches on the Develop menu. Then click File > New Window to start Safari with a clean cache.

How to clear Safari's cache and history on Mac: Empty caches

How to remove autocomplete data from AutoFill

Safari’s AutoFill tool can fill in username and password details on websites as well as credit card details and other elements like your address and email details.

This can be really useful, but it can also be annoying if the data it fills in is incorrect or out of context. It’s also a problem when AutoFill helpfully enters old or incorrect passwords or emails and addresses.

You can change this data, or delete it by following these steps:

  • Click on Safari.
  • Click on Settings/Preferences.
  • Choose the AutoFill tab.
  • Here you can edit contact information, usernames and passwords, credit cards and other data. Click on Edit beside the category you want access to.
  • You’ll need to enter your password or use Touch ID to gain access.

Delete incorrect data: If you are finding that Safari is autofilling incorrect data about you–your address, for example–click Edit beside Using information from my contacts. This will open up your Contacts app. Your card will be at the top or under My Card. You can add and amend data about you here.

How to clear Safari's cache and history on Mac: Autofill

Delete incorrect passwords and site logins: If you wanted to delete incorrect passwords, for example, you can just click on the Passwords tab. If you know which password you want to remove search for the website or service and then find the older password option (if there is more than one) and select it and then click on the – below the column to remove it. You can then select Delete Password. If that means there is no password saved for that website, you can then recreate the entry for the site by clicking the Add button. You’ll first need to provide the URL of the site (that is, something like https://facebook.com ), and then type the username and password alongside (hit the Tab key to move from field to field).

See: How to autofill passwords, bank cards, names and addresses for more.

How to clear Safari's cache and history on Mac: Site logins

Delete logins and passwords system-wide

Pruning site logins can also be done via the Keychain Access app, which you’ll find in the Utilities folder of the Applications list in Finder, although you should be very careful using this app because it pretty much controls the entire security operation of your Mac! However, by removing errant username and password entries here you’ll stop virtually all of your Mac apps using them, and not just Safari.

Just type the name of the site into the Search field, and look in the list of results for entries of the kind Web Form Password. Right-click the entry and select Delete.

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If you want to delete your Chrome or Firefox cache, cookies or browsing history read: How to delete your Mac browsing history . For alternative web browsers take a look at: Best web browser for Mac.

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How to clear your Safari browser cache on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad

  • You can clear your cache on Safari in just a few steps on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Clearing your cache, as well as history and cookies, can help resolve your device's performance issues.
  • Clearing your cookies will clear your passwords as well, unless you save them with keychain.

A cache is a store of data. When you visit a website on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, the Safari browser keeps a snapshot of the pages you view.

If you go back to that website, Safari loads the cached page in an instant, instead of taking the time to retrieve the page from the internet again.

But an overloaded cache can take up storage space and cause your device to run inefficiently — and it could use a periodic clearing.

Here's what you need to know to clear your cache on Safari, as well as your cookies and browsing history.

How to clear Safari cache on Mac

You can either clear just your cache or your cache, history, and cookies. 

Clear your cache

1. Click on the Safari tab at the top left of your screen and choose Preferences from the dropdown menu.

2.  Click the Advanced tab of the menu that pops up.

3.  At the end of the tab, select the Show Develop menu in menu bar box and close the Preferences menu.

4. Click the Develop tab from the Safari menu at the top of the page.

5. Click Empty Caches from the dropdown menu.

Clear your cache, history, and cookies

You may also want to clear your browsing history and cookies in addition to emptying your cache. Here's how to do that.

1. Choose the History tab at the top of your screen.

2. At the very bottom of the dropdown menu, choose Clear History.

3.  A box pops up with a choice to clear the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history. Choose your time frame and click the Clear History button.  

Once you clear the history, it will also clear the cache and cookies associated with that time period.

How to clear Safari cache on iPhone or iPad

To clear your cache and browsing history:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap Safari .

3. Tap Clear History and Website Data .

4. On the screen that pops up, choose Clear History and Data .

To clear your cache but not your browsing history:

3. Tap Advanced .

4. Tap Website Data .

5. Choose Remove All Website Data .

What happens to saved passwords when you clear your cache

When you clear your cache, history, and cookies, you may discover that Safari has logged you out of your favorite websites.

While clearing Safari's cache alone will not delete your passwords, clearing your history and cookies can. That's because when you empty your cookies, you will lose their password data saved in Safari as well. And keep in mind that clearing your history also clears its associated cookies.

Luckily, Apple has a solution to this problem. If you use iCloud, check your iCloud settings on your phone or computer.

Make sure that you've checked the box for Safari. As long as this box is checked, any passwords you save through your browser will stay safe in your keychain .

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How to clear the cache in Safari on Mac and iPhone - and what it does

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Like every web browser, Safari stores data on your Mac , iPhone , and iPad , with the express purpose of speeding up your online life. You may have the kind of internet speed that Apple Park takes for granted, but even so, it's better to spend that speed where it's needed.

So when you revisit a website, Safari makes it so that as far as possible, you only need to download what has changed. Even with a news site that is being updated all day, the basic layout, the furniture of the page, doesn't change all that often, so Safari might as well download it once.

Behind the scenes, then, whenever you ask Safari to go to a site, it goes there with half an eye on what elements of the site it has already stored on your device. Then it will load up anything it can from your device, because retrieving locally stored data is always faster than downloading it.

No question, a Safari cache is a good thing. Except when it isn't.

When you should clear Safari's cache

It's possible for things to go wrong. If Safari doesn't appear to be loading a site, it could be that there's some data corruption in the cache.

Or it could be simply that you are tight on space and all of this invisibly stored cache data is taking up a lot of room. When you're particularly low on space, you know it, too, because your device runs noticeably slower.

So if you are having problems any time you're browsing the web on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, clearing the cache is at the very least a good first troubleshooting step.

You don't want to inadvertently introduce new problems or inconveniences, though. And clearing caches could also remove passwords that you thought Safari was saving for you.

So before you empty the cache, make sure that Safari is saving those passwords. On the Mac, go to System Preferences, click on Apple ID , then iCloud .

Or on iOS, open Settings , tap on your name at the top, then iCloud .

In either case, then check that Safari is turned on. With the Mac, that means a tick box is on, and with iOS, it means the slider button is turned on and showing green.

On the Mac, you'll need Safari to show you the normally hidden Develop menu

How to clear the cache in Safari on Mac

  • Launch Safari
  • Click on the Safari menu at top left
  • Choose Preferences
  • Click on Advanced
  • Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar to set it to on
  • Close the Preferences window, and open the Develop menu
  • Choose Empty Caches

There is no OK button, and then no visible confirmation that the caches have been cleared. But they have been.

Choose Empty Caches from the Develop menu

How to clear the cache in Safari on iPhone and iPad

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down to Safari and tap
  • Choose Clear History and Website Data
  • Confirm by tapping the new Clear History and Data button that pops up

Unlike with the Mac, there is a visible indication that the cache has been cleared. The option for Clear History and Website Data is greyed out and unavailable.

Note that it won't stay unavailable. It is immediately available the moment you do anything more in Safari.

On iPhone and iPad, you have to clear both Safari's cache and history

What happens next

Once you have cleared the cache, you will typically find that some site loading problems are resolved. You'll also find that your device runs faster.

Except, of course, the next time you browse to a website, it will load a little slower than you're used to. But that will speed up again - once Safari has once more cached the site.

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It’s easy to clear Safari cache, history and cookies on your iPhone and iPad. This comes in handy when you want to delete some sensitive browsing information, in case you did not use Private Mode. Moreover, it can also help free up some space to keep your browser running efficiently. If Safari is being slow or behaving erratically, you can get rid of data to clear out the load. So let’s see what’s involved.

Why should you clear Safari cache?

  • Cookies can store a range of data, from your login details to your shopping preferences. If they become corrupted or get shared with perpetrators, they can put your information at risk.  
  • Clearing the Safari cache will prevent anyone else from seeing the websites you’ve been visiting and the searches you’ve been performing. If you’re utilizing a shared device or a public Wi-Fi network, this is extremely crucial. 
  • Overall, tips and tricks like this for Safari on your iPhone are simple but keep the data stored in your browser at a minimum and help free up space on your phone.

How to clear cache and history in Safari on iPhone or iPad

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and select Safari . 

Tap on Safari and select Clear History and Website Data

This procedure will remove all cookies, cache, and history from your iPhone completely. Furthermore, you can prevent the cache from piling up by surfing in the Private Browsing Mode .  

How to delete specific website data from Safari on iPhone or iPad

  • Go to the Settings app → Safari .
  • Scroll down to the bottom and tap Advanced . 

Go to the Settings app tap Safari scroll down and tap Advanced select Website Data

  • Once finalized, tap Done .

To remove data from all websites tap Remove All Website Data Remove Now

Clearing data from a particular website ensures the removal of all cookies. If you want, you can even customize Safari to your preference in a few simple steps.  

How to block cookies in Safari on iPhone

  • Under Privacy & Security, toggle on Block All Cookies .

Go to the Settings app Safari Under Privacy Security toggle on Block All Cookies Tap Block All

Yes. Clearing Safari cache, history, and cookies will log you out of the websites you are currently logged into.

No. Clearing your Safari cache, history, and cookies will not delete your bookmarks.

Yes. Clearing your Safari cache, history, and cookies will delete any saved passwords you have for websites.

Now, you’re safe…  

Clearing Safari cache, history, and cookies on iPhone can help you to secure your privacy and improve the performance of your device. It is a simple and easy process that only takes a few moments to complete.

Do let me know if you’d want me to cover more such articles. Until next time!

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How to delete specific website history from safari on iphone or ipad.

Forgot to enable Private Browsing mode on Safari? Don't nuke your entire history, prune specific sites instead.

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How to remove websites from safari history, how to delete specific website data, don't forget about private browsing mode.

It's not always convenient to delete your entire history, but you can instead choose to delete specific websites from your history (and the data they leave behind on your device). Here's how to do it in Safari for iPhone and iPad.

Safari will record any websites you visit unless you use Private Browsing . Once a website is in your history it will appear in the URL bar when you start typing a related term. There are all sorts of reasons you may want to prune specific websites, and it's easy to do so.

Open Safari and tap on the "Bookmarks" icon at the bottom of the screen (it looks like an open book).

A pop-up will appear with three tabs for your Bookmarks, Reading List , and History. Tap on the clock icon to see your history.

You can now swipe left on any entry in your history and tap "Delete" to remove it for good.

Rather than scrolling through your entire history of visited websites, you can also search for specific terms or URLs using the on-screen search box . But that's not the only evidence a website may have left behind on your device.

Related: How to Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Websites leave all sorts of data on your device including cached images and cookies . If you want to remove all signs of a website, it's important to remove website data as well.

Launch Settings and tap on Safari > Advanced > Website Data. This menu may take a little while to load as Safari fetches a full list of website data and estimates how much storage each entry takes up on your device.

You can now follow the same procedure as above by swiping left on any websites you would like to forget about and tapping the "Delete" button that appears.

You can also search for specific websites using the search bar at the top of the screen, or nuke everything using the "Remove All Website Data" button at the bottom of the list.

Note that if you do remove website data (or wipe everything) that there may be some drawbacks like having to log in again or having your shopping cart emptied.

Related: Clearing Your Cookies All the Time Makes the Web More Annoying

You can use Private Browsing mode in Safari at any point to visit a website without it being recorded to your device. To do this, tap on the tab icon in the lower right corner of the screen followed by the number of tabs you have open at the bottom of the screen. From here tap "Private" to switch to a private browsing session.

Note that all tabs in your private browsing session will remain open until you close them , so make sure you close anything that may compromise your privacy.

To get a better handle on your iPhone or iPad's privacy settings, we recommend a periodic iOS privacy check-up .

Related: How to Check and Tighten All Your iPhone's Privacy Settings

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One of the best ways to restore space to your computer or phone — or to fix a problem that may have been caused by a temporary file screwing up the works — is also one of the simplest: to clear the browser cache. However, unless you’ve been instructed sometime in the past to clear your cache, you may be unaware of this otherwise invisible feature.

Here’s how to clear your cache on the major browsers and on your Android or iOS devices. We’ve also included instructions on how to clear the data for a single site if you need to.

Check the cached images and files box.

  • Click on the three dots in the upper right corner.
  • On the desktop version, select More Tools > Clear Browsing Data... On the mobile app, select Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data .
  • Make sure the Cached images and files box is checked. (You can also choose to clear your browsing history and cookies if you want — click on the Advanced tab if you want to get more specific.)
  • Use the Time range drop-down menu to choose how far back to go. (In the case of clearing your cache, All time is best.)
  • Click on the Clear data button.

To clear the data for a specific site

  • Click on the three dots on the top right
  • Select Settings > Privacy and security > Cookies and other site data .
  • Scroll down and click on See all cookies and site data.
  • Search for the website’s name in the upper right corner and select the trash can icon to the right.

Clear. history box on Safari

Interestingly, Safari makes it very easy to clear all your data — including cache, browsing history, and cookies — at one blow. But it’s not as obvious if you just want to clear your browser cache.

To do it the easy way:

  • While you’re in the Safari browser on your desktop, go to the top menu and select Safari > Clear History...
  • Select the time period (last hour, today, today and yesterday, all history) you want to clear and click on Clear History .
  • Or, on your iPhone, tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen (it looks like an open book) and then on the History icon (the clock).
  • Tap on the Clear button and select your time period.

If you want to just clear out the browser cache on your web browser, it’s a little more complicated.

  • Look to see if there is a Develop section in your Safari’s top menu. If not, go to Safari > Preferences... > Advanced and check Show Develop in menu bar .
  • Click on Develop > Empty Caches .
  • Click on  Safari > Preferences...
  • Click the  Privacy  tab and then  Manage Website Data...
  • You’ll get a list of websites. To remove one, click on it and then click  Remove . To remove all website data from Safari, click  Remove All .

Microsoft Edge

The Edge browsers for desktop and mobile are different enough, so we’ll describe the process separately.

Desktop browser

As in Chrome, just check the correct box to empty your cache.

  • Click the three dots in the upper right corner
  • Select Settings > Privacy, search, and services
  • Scroll down to Clear browsing data and click on Choose what to clear
  • Make sure Cached images and files is checked (and check any other data you want to clear out)
  • Use the Time range drop-down to select the last hour, last 24 hours, last four weeks, or all time
  • Click on Clear now
  • Select Settings > Cookies and site permissions > Manage and delete cookies and site data .
  • Search for the website’s name in the upper right corner or scroll down to find it
  • Click on the “down” arrow next to the site name, and then use the trash can icons to delete the cookies and data.
  • You can also use the buttons on top to Remove all shown or Remove third-party cookies .

Mobile browser

In mobile Edge, click the bottom three dots and then choose Settings.

  • Tap on the three dots at the bottom of the screen and select Settings > Privacy and security
  • Select Clear browsing data
  • Make sure Cached images and files is checked, and use the drop-down menu to pick your time range.
  • If you want, you can toggle on Clear browsing data upon exit to clear out all your data each time you exit Edge.

Clear data box in Firefox settings

  • Click on the three lines in the upper right corner of the app, then select Settings > Privacy & Security
  • Scroll down to Cookies and Site Data ; click on Clear Data...
  • Make sure Cached Web Content is checked (you can also check off the Cookies and Site Data box if you want to clear that as well)
  • Select Clear

In Cookies and Site Data , there is also a box you can check to delete all cookies and site data when you close the browser. A button called Manage Exceptions... lets you choose any sites whose cookies you want to keep.

If you’re on the website you want to clear:

  • Look for a lock icon to the left of the address bar and click on it.
  • Click on Clear cookies and site data... and then click Remove on the pop-up box.

If you want to clear data from one or more specific sites:

  • Go to Firefox > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Cookies and Site Data . Click on Manage Data .
  • Scroll down to find the site you want to clear or type its name into the search box.
  • Highlight the site and click on Remove Selected . (If you want, you can also click on Remove All .)

Update July 6th, 2022, 2:10PM ET: This article was originally published on July 4th, 2022, and has been updated to add information on Firefox.

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A stocked computer cache may be convenient for logging into and out of go-to sites in seconds flat, but a major buildup of these tracking codes could significantly impact your PC’s performance. If you’ve noticed that your PC has been running rather slow of late, or you’re using a new browser and don’t know how to clear its cache, we’ve got you covered with the following guide.

Why you might want to clear your cache

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A web browser (such as Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge)

Clearing your browser’s cache can prove fruitful for several reasons. First off, purging the stored data in your cache forces your browser to seek and retrieve the most recent webpage elements instead of recycling the same old components, whether they’re up to date with the developer’s standards or not.

Furthermore, resetting your cache will potentially help in the event of 404, 502, and other errors that may result from a corrupt cache. You can also clear any private data you have stored in the form of login IDs, passwords, and additional sensitive info you’d prefer not to save on your machine. It’s also a simple trick you can employ to shed any unnecessary data, which could slow down your browser.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and select the Chrome Menu icon represented by three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the browser window, and then choose Settings near the bottom of the resulting drop-down menu. (You may need to select the Down arrow first to access the Settings option).

Step 2: Then, select Privacy and security in the left sidebar. You’ll then want to look for the Clear browsing data option. Select it, and make sure the box for Cached images and files is checked. You can uncheck the other boxes for Browsing history , Download history , Cookies and other site data , and so on … unless you also want to delete these at the same time for privacy reasons.

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Step 3: When ready, select Clear data to begin the process. If it’s been a while since you cleaned Chrome out, this step could take a long time, so schedule accordingly.

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Step 1: Open Firefox, select the button with three bars in the upper-right corner of the browser window, and select Settings from the resulting drop-down menu.

Step 2: Select the Privacy and security tab located on the left side of the screen and head to the Cookies and site data section.

Select Clear data . You’ll want to make sure that the option for Cached web content is checked, and then select Clear .

You can also check the box next to Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed to do so automatically when you close the browser.

Step 1: Launch Safari, and then select Safari in the upper-left corner of the main menu bar, and choose the Preferences option near the top of the drop-down menu.

Then select the Advanced tab located in the top navigation bar and check the box directly on the bottom that says Show develop menu in Menu Bar . Doing so will add a new menu to Safari by default.

Step 2: Select the Develop menu near the middle of the upper macOS menu bar and then choose the Empty caches option.

Step 1: Launch Opera, and then select the Menu button in the upper-left corner of the browser window.

Choose the Settings option from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Select Privacy and security . Then choose Clear browsing data.

Check the box Cached images and files , along with any other browser data you wish to clear. Then, select the time frame you want to erase — to completely clear the cache, choose All time — from the drop-down menu. Afterward, select the Clear data button in the bottom-right corner.

Step 1: Launch the Microsoft Edge browser. When it loads, click Settings .

Step 2: Click Privacy and services . Under Clear browsing data , click Choose what to clear .

Step 3: Put a check under Cached images and files , then click Clear now .

Another popular term that comes up when researching cache-clearing is “cookies.” While both your PC’s cache and its cookies are similar, they’re also a little different.

Cookies are bite-sized pieces of info that your browser stores to save things like passwords and page settings. A web cache is information that is stored about the sites you visit. This could be things like HTML coding and page images.

Clearing your cache is one of the best things you can do for the overall performance of your computer. If you’ve noticed that your PC has been running slow, there’s a good chance that clearing your cache will improve your speed. When you clear your cache, you may even notice websites you regularly visit start to load faster. Certain formatting problems you were having on sites may also be gone.

When you clear your cache, you may also wipe saved login info on certain websites. So before you go ahead and clear things, make sure you’ve written down any important usernames or passwords you may need.

For optimal computer performance, it’s a good idea to clear your cache at least once or twice per month.

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While your browser cache usually helps websites load faster, it can sometimes prevent you from seeing the most up-to-date version of a webpage. In some cases, an old or corrupted cache can even cause a webpage to load improperly or prevent it from loading at all! Fortunately, it's easy to clear your browser cache on any platform, whether you're using a computer, phone, or tablet. This tutorial will teach you the easiest ways to clear the cache on all popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.

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  • In Chrome on a computer, go to ⋮ > More Tools > Clear browsing data. Select "All time," choose "Cached images and files," and click "Clear data."
  • In the Chrome mobile app, go to ⋮ > History > Clear Browsing Data. Select "Cached images and files" and tap "Clear Browsing Data."
  • In Safari on a Mac, you'll need to enable the Develop menu to clear your browser cache.

Step 1 Click the three-dot menu in Chrome ⋮.

  • If you only want to clear the cache and not your cookies or browsing history, uncheck both other options before you continue.

Step 6 Click Clear Data.

  • If your cache is the only thing you want to clear, remove the checkmarks from all other options.

Step 5 Tap Clear Browsing Data.

  • Click the Safari menu.
  • Click Settings .
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  • Check the box next to "Show Develop menu in the menu bar."

Step 2 Click the Develop menu.

  • If you only want to clear the cache, uncheck "Cookies and Site Data."

Step 6 Click Clear.

  • In Firefox for iOS, you can only clear the cache by deleting all of your private browsing data. This means you'll also be deleting any saved cookies and your browsing history.

Step 2 Tap Settings.

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To delete the cache in Google Chrome on your computer, click the menu at the top-right corner of Chrome, select ""More tools,"" and then select ""Clear browsing data."" Choose how much data you want to delete from the drop-down menu, and make sure the ""Cached images and files"" box is checked. You can remove the other checkmarks if you only want to delete the cache. Click ""CLEAR DATA"" to delete the cache. If you want to clear the cache in Google Chrome on a phone or tablet, open Chrome, tap the menu at the top-right or bottom-right corner of the screen, select ""History,"" and then select ""Clear browsing data."" Tap ""Time Range"" to choose how much data to delete. If you just want to delete your cache, make sure ""Cached Images and Files"" is selected, and then remove the other checkmarks. Tap ""Clear Browsing Data,"" and then ""Clear Data"" to confirm. To clear the cache in Safari on your Mac, you'll have to enable the Develop menu. Open Safari, click the ""Safari"" menu, select ""Preferences,"" click the ""Advanced"" tab, and then check the box next to ""Show Develop menu in menu bar."" Now, click the new ""Develop"" menu in the menu bar, and then select ""Empty caches"" to delete your cache. To delete the cache in Safari on your iPhone or iPad, open the ""Settings"" app on your phone. Then, select ""Safari,"" and tap ""Clear History and Website Data."" Tap ""Clear History and Data"" to confirm. For tips on how to delete your browser’s cache if you’re using Safari or Internet Explorer, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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How to Clear Your Browser’s Cache, and Why You Should

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Every web browser has what's called a cache: a temporary storage space for web pages that syncs online content to your computer or mobile device. This syncing is designed to help websites load up faster and put less strain on your internet bandwidth.

It's a good idea, and it works well most of the time, which is why every browser does it. However, it can cause problems. By its very nature, cached content can fall out of date. Browsers will try to ensure this doesn't happen, but it can, and that might mean you're looking at information, links, and images that are no longer accurate or relevant.

What's more, discrepancies between cached content and what's actually on the internet can also cause all kinds of weird bugs, like pages not loading properly or web apps not functioning.

Cached content can also represent a security vulnerability. Data stored on your computer about the websites you've visited can tell a story of your online activity—and while it would require physical access to your computer and a skilled hacker to find it, it's a possibility.

For all these reasons, you might want to regularly clear out cached pages. Clearing the cache effectively resets the browser's relationship to the webpage, and it can often fix problems with a site.

Note that cached files are different than cookies . Cookies are bits of information saved by websites that tell them details about who you are and where you're located—so you don't have to log in every time you visit Gmail, for example. The cache holds different information, like images and page furniture.

There are reasons to clear your browser's cookies too, but we're going to focus on the cache here. This is how to do the job no matter what browser you're using.

Google Chrome

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Clearing the cache in Google Chrome.

In Chrome on the desktop, click the three dots (top right), then Settings . Open up the Privacy and security tab, click Clear browsing data , and then select Cached images and files under the Basic tab.

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The drop-down menu up at the top lets you choose the time range for the cache clear out—anything from the last hour to all time. (You'll be shown how much data is in the cache in each case.) When you're ready, click Clear data to confirm the action.

It's a similar process if you're using Chrome for Android or iOS. Tap the three dots (top right on Android, bottom right on iOS), then Settings and Privacy and security . Choose Clear browsing data to find the Cached images and files option.

Mozilla Firefox

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Emptying the cache in Firefox takes a couple of clicks.

Over on Firefox for the desktop, click the menu button (three horizontal lines, top right), then choose Settings . The options you need can be found on the Privacy & Security tab by clicking on Clear Data .

The next tab shows you how much data is stored in the cache, which here is referred to as Cached Web Content . Make sure this checkbox is selected, then click Clear to wipe everything currently in the cache.

With Firefox on mobile, the menu button is the three dots up in the top right corner (Android) or the three lines in the bottom right corner (iOS). Tap this button and Settings , then Delete browsing data (Android) or Data Management (iOS) to clear the cache.

Microsoft Edge

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Edge will tell you how much data is in the cache.

If Edge is your browser of choice, on the desktop you click the three dots (top right), then Settings , and then open up the Privacy, search, and services tab. Click Choose what to clear next to Clear browsing data now .

Make sure the option for Cached images and files is checked on the next dialog, and choose the time range you want covered in the drop-down menu (from Last hour to All time ). Click Clear now to confirm and empty the cache.

If you're using Edge on Android or iOS, tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner, then Settings , then Privacy and security , and Clear browsing data . You'll see the Cached images and files checkbox on the next screen.

Apple Safari

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Safari deals with the cache and cookies together.

When it comes to Safari on macOS, you don't get quite as much control: Cached data and cookies are combined together in one pile, so you have to clear both or neither. Pick Settings from the Safari menu, open the Privacy tab, and click Manage Website Data .

All of the sites that have stored data on your computer are listed, together with the type of data—cache, cookies, or both. Select a website and click Remove to delete the data for that website; to wipe all local data from all websites, click Remove All .

For Safari on iOS and iPadOS, open the main Settings screen, then tap Safari , Advanced , and Website Data . Tap Remove All Website Data to erase everything, or choose Edit then tap the red delete button next to a site to wipe the cookies and cache for that specific site.

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How To Clear Your Safari Browser Cache on PC

When you use Safari to browse the Internet, you accumulate a lot of temporary Internet files. These improve the browsing experience for the most part. However, they can also prove to be a bit of a hassle over the long-term.

And keeping the temp files cleaned up once in a while can solve a lot of problems.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to clear the cache in Safari and go into a bit of why you should. It only takes a few moments and is often a good idea to do so on a regular basis.

What is a Cache in Safari and Why Clear it?

Safari stores temporary Internet files in what’s called a “cache.” It’s a location on the computer which allows the browser to pull information regarding specific websites.

For example, your computer will load images and files from the cache instead of downloading them each time you visit a site. This improves the overall experience by making the site load faster on your end.

However, the cache can also contribute to a few problems. Here are just some of the more common you might want to consider:

  • You Could Save Bad Website Coding Let’s say you visit a page and the coding isn’t right. Perhaps you’re troubleshooting problems you’re having on a particular page. Sometimes the cache will store that coding even if you save changes. Clearing the cache lets you download the most current version of that site.
  • Can Take Up a Lot of Hard Drive Space Images and files stored in the cache can eat up a lot of room on your computer. If you spend a lot of time browsing the Internet, you could save several gigabytes worth of images alone. Clearing the cache in Safari will free up that space.
  • Other Users Can Explore What You Browse From the history of URLs you visit to the images saved from websites, anyone sitting at your computer can see what you’ve been exploring. Deleting all of the information saved in Safari can stop others from snooping through your Internet usage.

Not everyone wants to use a privacy mode where passwords are not saved and the cache is emptied automatically. Clearing the Safari cache lets you choose when that information is removed.

Clearing the Safari Browser Cache on a PC

Open the Safari browser on your computer and click the gear icon in the browser window.

Safari Settings

Click the option to “Reset Safari.”

Reset Safari

In this window, you can select what elements you want to clear in the Safari browser cache on the PC.

For example, you can choose to remove all website icons, save the names and passwords and clear the downloads window by selecting the checkboxes.

Once you’ve decided what parts you want to be deleted, click the “Reset” button on the bottom.

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This will remove the data you selected and relaunch the Safari web browser.

Keeping Your Browser Cleaned Up

When you clear the temporary Internet files from Safari, you’re improving the efficiency of the browser as well as your computer. The last thing you want is Safari taking up terabytes worth of space because of downloaded images.

And while this may sound like an absurd figure, keep in mind that every site you visit will download data to your computer. Over the long-term, you can acquire a vast number of useless files and information.

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How to Clear Cache on macOS Catalina

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It's difficult to understate the importance of a clear cache on macOS Catalina, which can dramatically help improve and bolster performance, free up disk space, and resolve specific application issues. But if you're unsure how to complete this process, this guide is for you. Here, we'll explore how to clear different types of cache files on your Mac, why it's a good idea, and what could happen if you delete all cache files. Then, to keep your Mac running like new, get MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup tool to safely remove temporary files, remove junk, and reclaim valuable device storage space to help optimize your device's performance.

Before we start:   Over time, your Mac might seem to become a bit slower than you might like; in many cases, the issue might be you need to clear cache on macOS Catalina. Although it's relatively easy to clear cache on Mac Catalina, it's always a good idea to get some help to avoid accidentally removing the wrong files and causing unnecessary issues.   Relax and sit back with help from MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup tool, and know that you won't lose any vital files when it comes time to clear cache on Mac Catalina.   Follow the steps below to use MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup tool: Download MacKeeper and install it. Select Safe Cleanup in the sidebar menu. Click Start Scan to locate the junk files on your Mac. Choose the files you want to remove, then click Clean Junk Files .
  • Should you clear the cache on Mac Catalina?

It's crucial to clear cache on macOS Catalina because it can help improve device speed, reclaim precious macOS Catalina storage space , and resolve minor software issues due to out-of-date cache files. Thankfully, once you clear cache on Mac Catalina, it can quickly fix these annoying problems plaguing your device in no time.

It's important to remember that deleting the wrong files critical to your Mac's operation system can cause applications or your device to function incorrectly. So, if you're unsure whether to clear cache on macOS Catalina or how to reduce system data on Mac , consider backing up your data first.

  • How to delete application cache on your Mac Catalina

Like browser cache files, applications also have temporary cache files that the software uses to speed up operations and load times. Occasionally, these files can build up, causing issues like crashes or freezing, primarily when apps rely on old, out-of-date cache data. Follow the steps below to clear cache on macOS Catalina for applications:

  • Open Finder , go to the Go menu at the top, and choose Go to Folder .
  • Type /Users/[YourUserName]/Library/Caches in the window and click Go .
  • Locate the WhatsApp folder and drop it into the Trash .
  • Select Empty the Trash to remove the data permanently.

The Finder app opened on Mac which depicts how to launch Got to Folder using Shift + Command + G command to begin the process to clear cache on macOS Catalina.

  • How to clear browser cache on macOS Catalina

For many of us, web browsers are one of the programs we use daily. But with this constant use comes a build-up of images, scripts, and other assets that the browsers store up over time, making it critical to clear browser cache . The answer to combat this is to clear the cache on Mac Catalina, which can help resolve issues with website loading or prevent outdated information from displaying.

To clear cache on macOS Catalina for common browsers, find the instructions below:

  • On Google Chrome
  • On Mozilla Firefox

1. Delete cache files on Safari

If you’re eager to remove cache on Safari, follow these steps:

  • Launch Safari and select Settings in the drop-down menu.
  • Choose Advanced , then check off Show Develop at the bottom of the menu bar box.
  • Locate Advanced Settings , select the box to display the Develop menu bar, and click Empty Caches.

The Safari browser menu bar displays that the Settings option is selected in the above drop-down menu to start the process to clear cache on Mac Catalina.

2. Clear cache on Google Chrome

To delete the cache files on Google Chrome, do the following:

  • Open Chrome , select the three dots in the top right corner , and choose Settings .
  • Choose Privacy and security on the left, then click Clear browsing data .
  • Find Time range and decide how far back you want to go when clearing your browser cache. Choose All Time to clean out your Chrome cache completely.
  • Check the box for Cached images and files , then press Clear data .

In the first step, the Chrome browser menu shows that all the necessary options are checked off to complete the process to clear cache on macOS Catalina.

3. Get rid of cache on Mozilla Firefox

For Mozilla Firefox, the cache removal process will look the following:

  • Launch Firefox and select Settings (in the top menu bar).
  • Locate the Privacy & Security section and then go to Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click Clear Data and check off Cached Web Content .

The Firefox browser menu shows that the History option is selected and ready to begin the process to complete the process to clear cache on macOS Catalina.

4. Erase cache on Opera

To get rid of cache on Opera, do the following:

  • Open Opera , then click Opera in the top left corner. Select Clear Browsing Data from the drop-down menu.
  • Choose your Time Range , check off either Browsing History , Cookies and other site data, or Cached images and files , then click Clear data .

The Opera browser menu opens on Mac, showing the Clear Browsing Data option as being selected to begin the process to clear cache on macOS Catalina.

  • How to clear system cache on macOS Catalina

There's no doubt that clearing the system cache files on macOS Catalina will help boost device performance dramatically. Regularly clearing the cache on macOS Catalina can help resolve ongoing system issues or free up space, but be cautious not to delete critical system files.

Here's how to clear cache on Mac Catalina for system files:

  • Manually delete macOS Catalina system cache files
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1. Manually delete macOS Catalina system cache files

Much like removing the application cache on your Mac, manually deleting macOS Catalina system cache files involves the same procedure. To clear cache on macOS Catalina for applications:

  • Type ~/Library/Application Support/ and hit Enter .
  • Locate the WhatsApp folder and drop it into the Trash.

The Finder app opened on Mac, which depicts how to launch Got to Folder using Shift + Command + G command to begin the process to clear cache on macOS Catalina.

2. Clear macOS Catalina system cache with cleaner

If you're unsure about diving in and deleting cache files from your Mac, then why not get a system cleaning tool, like MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup, to help streamline the process of clearing cache on Mac Catalina? Check out MacKeeper's system cleaner for an efficient way to clear cache files and keep your Mac running smoothly.

So, if you're looking to free up space on your Mac safely, follow these steps on how to use MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup:

  • Open MacKeeper , then select the Safe Cleanup tool and click Start Scan to identify the junk files on your Mac.
  • Select the files you want to delete, then click Clean Junk Files .
  • Click Empty Trash to automatically empty your trash during the cleanup.

The MacKeeper window displays various options, showing the Safe Cleanup feature selection to begin the process to clear cache on macOS Catalina

Note from our experts:     If you want to clear cache on Mac Catalina, you'll find that your Mac has additional free storage space but potentially lacks critical system and application files. This removal of critical files can cause your device to show performance issues, and in this case, it's a good idea to bring your device to an expert to prevent further damage when it comes time to delete temp files on Mac .
  • Quickly free up valuable storage space with MacKeeper

Now that you know how to clear cache on macOS Catalina, it's a good idea to take additional steps to boost the device's performance and reclaim precious storage space. So, why not take that next step today and help ensure your Mac runs like new using a tool like MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup to keep your Mac free of unnecessary clutter?

Our tool can help ensure that your Mac stays in top shape for much longer, allowing you to focus on what matters most. Enjoy a smoother, cleaner Mac, knowing that MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup has you covered. Try MacKeeper today , and let us take care of the rest.

What are cache files?

Cache files are temporary data that your computer or applications store to help speed up operations and website load times. This data includes browser history, images, scripts, and other resources that are in local storage to help avoid re-downloading data during each visit.

At their core, cache files help optimize performance by lowering load times and enhancing user experience. However, it's important to note that cache files can accumulate and take up precious storage space, resulting in performance issues if they become out of date over time.

Is it good to clear the cache on Mac Catalina?

Yes, occasionally, clearing cache on Mac Catalina is a good idea as it frees up disk space, boosts your device's performance, and can help fix software issues due to out-of-date cache files. However, removing system-critical files can cause serious side effects, including the following:

  • Slower Performance: Removing cache files can slow applications or websites' load times as they rebuild their caches.
  • Loss of Preferences or Settings: Some cache files may store user preferences, configurations, or other essential data. Deleting them could result in a loss of personalized settings, requiring reconfiguration.
  • Application Crashes or Errors: Critical cache files might contain essential information for an application's smooth functioning. Removing them could cause applications to malfunction, crash, or behave unexpectedly.
  • Re-login Requirements: Cache files may also store session information for logged-in accounts. Deleting them might require you to re-login or re-authenticate.

Overall, if you clear cache on Mac Catalina every few months, it can resolve glitches, boost performance by removing out-of-date cache files, and freeing up space for what matters most to you. Additionally, it's best to remember to back up your data before clearing your cache to avoid the loss of any critical files.

What happens if you delete all the cache files on your macOS Catalina?

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How can I clear my browser cache?

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If you’re having trouble loading your Merchant Dashboard, simply clearing your browser cache might fix the issue. Here are step-by-step instructions for each major web browser.

Google Chrome

  • At the top right corner, click More > Clear browsing data
  • At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time
  • Deselect the first two options so you'll only be clearing the last option - Cached images and files
  • Click Clear data
  • At the top left corner, click Safari > Preferences
  • Select the Advanced tab, then check the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar
  • Navigate back to the menu bar on the top, and select Develop > Empty Caches
  • Select the Privacy tab > Manage Website Data
  • Select a website that is listed, then click Remove . This will clear all the cache, cookies, and any other data related to that specific website

Mozilla Firefox

  • At the top right corner, click the Menu > Preferences > Privacy & Security
  • In the Cookies and Site Data section, click Clear Data
  • Deselect Cookies and Site Data
  • With Cached Web Content selected, click Clear
  • Close the " about:preferences " page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved

Microsoft Edge

  • At the top right corner, click More > Settings > Privacy, search, and services
  • Under Clear browsing data > Clear browsing data now , select Choose what to clear
  • Under Time range , choose a time range from the drop-down menu
  • Deselect other browsing data types, except Cached images and files
  • Check out the description for each data type here
  • Select Clear now

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If you feel comfortable with someone else looking through your search history, raise your hand.

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Sometimes it’s as innocent as shopping for a gift and not wanting to give away the secret.

Pro tip: Use incognito mode so you don’t get many ads showing precisely what you ordered.

Perhaps you looked up a medical symptom or condition.

You’re entitled to privacy there, too.

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If you’re not already in the habit of occasionally wiping out your search history, you should.

Facebook remembers a whole lot , including your search history. To keep some semblance of privacy on the site and app, follow the steps below to clear your Facebook search history on your computer:

  • Log in to Facebook on your browser and tap your profile picture. 
  • Select Settings & Privacy > Activity Log . 
  • Click the Logged Actions and Other Activity option > Search History .
  • Choose Clear Searches .

Are you feeling choose?

You can delete single search history items instead of your entire history simultaneously.

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Click on the three dots to the right of each search in the history list and tap Delete .

A menu will appear to confirm. Hit Delete again. 

Keep going: Wonder how Facebook knows so much? Hint: It doesn’t even need to listen to your convos.

The search box on Twitter can help you find profiles you look for often, but maybe you don’t want anyone stumbling across that list. No judgment here.

On your computer:

  • On a web browser and log in to your Twitter account.
  • Click the Search Twitter bar in the top right corner to see a list of your recent searches.
  • Tap the X next to individual searches to delete them one at a time.
  • You can also click Clear all at the top of the menu. 
  • Tap Clear on the menu that pops up to confirm.

You can clear your search history on History by clicking the “Search Twitter bar” and hit clear all at the top of the menu.

On your phone:

  • Open the Twitter app and tap the magnifying glass at the bottom. 
  • Next, tap the Search Twitter bar at the top, then tap the X in the circle to the right of Recent searches .
  • Tap Clear to erase them all.

You can clear your search history on History by clicking the “search Twitter bar” and hit clear all at the top of the menu.

Our final social media stop: Instagram. Anyone with access to your phone and the app can see who you are looking up. To clear that info out:

  • Open the Instagram app. Select the circular profile photo in the bottom right corner.
  • Tap the three-line icon at the top right. 
  • Tap Your activity > Recent searches .
  • Tap Clear all , then tap Clear all again to confirm.

Google Chrome

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The good thing about syncing your account across your computer and phone means if you clear your searches in one spot, they’re gone everywhere.

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Just be sure all your devices are signed into the same Google account to do that for Chrome.

  • Open Google Chrome on your computer. Click the three-dot menu in the upper right.
  • Mouse over the History menu, then click the History option at the top.
  • To delete one by one, click the box to the left, then Delete at the top right of the screen. Select Remove to confirm.

Shortcut: You can delete everything at once. Follow the steps above. In the left-hand menu, click Clear browsing data . You can delete just your browsing history, cookies, and cache. Click the Clear data button once you’ve decided.

Of course, it doesn’t end there. These pages show everything Google knows about you.

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To clear your search history in Edge:

  • Open Edge and click the three-dot menu in the upper right. 
  • Click Settings , then Privacy, search, and services .
  • Scroll down to the Clear browsing data section.
  • Select Choose what to clear .
  • Choose from the Time range drop-down menu. I recommend All Time.
  • Select the data you want to remove — just search history, cookies, cache, passwords, and form-fill data. (Warning: Deleting passwords and form-fill data is a pain later.)
  • Click Clear now to finish.

Computer smarts: Hidden settings to try on your Mac or PC

To clear your search history in Safari on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open Settings on your device and tap Safari .
  • Tap Clear History and Website Dat a. 
  • Tap Clear History and Data to confirm. NOTE: Clearing your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari won’t change your AutoFill information.
  • To clear your cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data , then tap Remove All Website Data .

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Unlike a computer where you can add a hard drive for more storage, iPhones come with a fixed amount of internal storage that can't be physically expanded. This means you can't buy more storage space for the device itself.

However, there are ways to manage your iPhone storage and free up space:

  • Delete unused apps and data:  Identify apps you don't use and remove them. Many apps also allow you to clear their cache or stored data.
  • Manage photos and videos:  Photos and videos can be some of the biggest storage hogs. Consider deleting old or unwanted media, or use iCloud Photos to store them in the cloud and free up space on your phone.
  • Utilize iCloud storage:  Apple offers iCloud storage plans that let you store your data (photos, videos, documents, etc.) in the cloud, freeing up space on your phone. You can purchase additional iCloud storage if you need more space. You can optimize iPhone Storage by using iCloud Storage in order to save space on your device
  • If you had turned on  Messages in iCloud &  iCloud Photos and you delete Photos, Videos and Messages from the iPhone then it is deleted from iCloud too, and vice-versa. At the same time, it is also deleted from all the devices that use the same Apple ID.
  • And if you happen to take a backup either over iTunes or iCloud after deleting Photos, Videos & Messages all the photos and messages are deleted from the backup (iCloud/iTunes) too when you take the backup next time.
  • Alternatively, you may upload data to iCloud Drive.

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To clear storage on your iPhone, you can follow these steps:

  • Go to "Settings" on your iPhone and tap on "General" > "iPhone Storage." This will show you a breakdown of the storage used by different apps and data on your device.

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  • Scroll down to the list of installed apps and review which ones you don't use frequently. Tap on an app and select "Offload App." This will remove the app from your device while keeping its data intact. You can always reinstall the app later if needed.
  • Go through the list of apps and delete the ones you no longer need. To delete an app, tap on it and select "Delete App." Additionally, you can delete other types of data such as photos, videos, messages, and unused files to free up space.

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  • If your Photos app takes up a significant amount of space, you can enable iCloud Photos to store your photos and videos in the cloud and keep optimized versions on your device. Go to "Settings" > "[Your Name]" > "iCloud" > "Photos" and enable "iCloud Photos." --> Manage your photo and video storage - Apple Support
  • If you use Safari as your web browser, you can clear its cache to free up storage. Go to "Settings" > "Safari" > "Clear History and Website Data." Please see the pic below which is self-explanatory

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  • Messages and attachments can take up a substantial amount of storage. Open the Messages app and delete unnecessary conversations or individual messages. You can also enable the option to automatically delete messages after a certain period. Go to "Settings" > "Messages" > "Keep Messages" and select an appropriate duration. Deleting attachments to messages may also help

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  • If you have music, movies, or TV shows downloaded on your device that you no longer need offline access to, you can remove them to save space. Open the respective app (e.g., Music or TV), find the content, and delete it.
  • Consider reviewing other apps and data that may be taking up storage space, such as documents, downloads, and podcasts. Delete unnecessary files or manage them accordingly.
  • After performing the above steps, it's good practice to restart

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  • Enter characters with diacritical marks
  • Use shortcuts
  • Choose an alternative keyboard layout
  • Change typing assistance options
  • Connect Magic Trackpad
  • Trackpad gestures
  • Change trackpad settings
  • Connect a mouse
  • Mouse actions and gestures
  • Change mouse settings
  • External storage devices
  • Bluetooth accessories
  • Apple Watch with Fitness+
  • Polishing cloth
  • Share your internet connection
  • Make and receive phone calls
  • Use iPad as a second display for Mac
  • Use iPad as a webcam
  • Use a keyboard and mouse or trackpad across your Mac and iPad
  • Hand off tasks between devices
  • Cut, copy, and paste between iPad and other devices
  • Stream video or mirror the screen of your iPad
  • Use AirDrop to send items
  • Connect iPad and your computer with a cable
  • Transfer files between devices
  • Transfer files with email, messages, or AirDrop
  • Transfer files or sync content with the Finder or iTunes
  • Automatically keep files up to date with iCloud
  • Get started with accessibility features
  • Turn on accessibility features for setup
  • Change Siri accessibility settings
  • Open features with Accessibility Shortcut
  • Enlarge text by hovering
  • Change color and brightness
  • Make text easier to read
  • Reduce onscreen motion
  • Customize per-app visual settings
  • Hear what’s on the screen or typed
  • Hear audio descriptions
  • Turn on and practice VoiceOver
  • Change your VoiceOver settings
  • Use VoiceOver gestures
  • Operate iPad when VoiceOver is on
  • Control VoiceOver using the rotor
  • Use the onscreen keyboard
  • Write with your finger
  • Keep the screen off
  • Use VoiceOver with an Apple external keyboard
  • Use a braille display
  • Type braille on the screen
  • Customize gestures and keyboard shortcuts
  • Use VoiceOver with a pointer device
  • Use VoiceOver for images and videos
  • Use VoiceOver in apps
  • Use AssistiveTouch
  • Use an eye-tracking device
  • Adjust how iPad responds to your touch
  • Auto-answer calls
  • Change Face ID and attention settings
  • Use Voice Control
  • Adjust the top or Home button
  • Use Apple TV Remote buttons
  • Adjust pointer settings
  • Adjust keyboard settings
  • Control iPad with an external keyboard
  • Adjust AirPods settings
  • Adjust double tap and squeeze settings for Apple Pencil
  • Intro to Switch Control
  • Set up and turn on Switch Control
  • Select items, perform actions, and more
  • Control several devices with one switch
  • Use hearing devices
  • Use Live Listen
  • Use sound recognition
  • Set up and use RTT
  • Flash the indicator light for notifications
  • Adjust audio settings
  • Play background sounds
  • Display subtitles and captions
  • Show transcriptions for Intercom messages
  • Get live captions of spoken audio
  • Type to speak
  • Record a Personal Voice
  • Lock iPad to one app with Guided Access
  • Use built-in privacy and security protections
  • Set a passcode
  • Set up Face ID
  • Set up Touch ID
  • Control access to information on the Lock Screen
  • Keep your Apple ID secure
  • Use passkeys to sign in to apps and websites
  • Sign in with Apple
  • Share passwords
  • Automatically fill in strong passwords
  • Change weak or compromised passwords
  • View your passwords and related information
  • Share passkeys and passwords securely with AirDrop
  • Make your passkeys and passwords available on all your devices
  • Automatically fill in verification codes
  • Sign in with fewer CAPTCHA challenges
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Use security keys
  • Control app tracking permissions
  • Control the location information you share
  • Control access to information in apps
  • Control how Apple delivers advertising to you
  • Control access to hardware features
  • Create and manage Hide My Email addresses
  • Protect your web browsing with iCloud Private Relay
  • Use a private network address
  • Use Advanced Data Protection
  • Use Lockdown Mode
  • Receive warnings about sensitive content
  • Use Contact Key Verification
  • Turn iPad on or off
  • Force restart iPad
  • Update iPadOS
  • Back up iPad
  • Reset iPad settings
  • Restore all content from a backup
  • Restore purchased and deleted items
  • Sell, give away, or trade in your iPad
  • Install or remove configuration profiles
  • Important safety information
  • Important handling information
  • Find more resources for software and service
  • FCC compliance statement
  • ISED Canada compliance statement
  • Apple and the environment
  • Class 1 Laser information
  • Disposal and recycling information
  • Unauthorized modification of iPadOS
  • ENERGY STAR compliance statement

Clear your cache and cookies on iPad

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Note: Clearing your browsing history in Safari doesn’t clear any browsing histories kept independently by websites you visited, or your browsing history in other apps.

An open webpage. Safari browsing history is open on the left side of the screen, displaying a list of recently visited websites, with the Clear button below.

Below Clear Timeframe, choose how much of your browsing history to clear.

Note: If you have Safari profiles set up, select a profile to clear only the history of that profile, or select All Profiles.

Tap Clear History.

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Six Ways to Speed Up Your iPhone

I t’s hard to be patient with a slow iPhone , especially when using it for everything, from the calculator to getting directions on Maps. No one likes dealing with lag, buffering, or app freezing. Fortunately, there are a few ways you could speed up your iPhone.

Restart your iPhone

Let’s start with the classic “Did you try turning it off and on again?” It’s a classic for a reason, not just another tech myth. On a technical level, it helps refresh your iPhone’s RAM or working memory, which optimizes its overall performance. Since it’s probably the most straightforward hack, I’d recommend starting with this one.

There are slightly different ways to restart an iPhone based on its model. If you can’t get yours to restart, you might want to do a quick “how to restart [your iPhone model]” search. In case you’re unsure about your iPhone’s model, we have a guide for that , too.

Clear Safari Data

I’m sure we have encountered an ‘Accept Cookies’ popup. Even if you have no idea what that does, you’ve probably accepted tons of cookies by now. Refer to this helpful guide for a detailed and easy lesson on internet cookies. For the scope of this piece, all you need to know is that every time you click on ‘Accept Cookies’ on your browser, you’re putting a bunch of files on your device. These files pile up over time and end up slowing your phone.

If you frequently use Safari on your iPhone, you probably have a lot of passwords, cookies, tabs, and other login info in your Safari cache. It’s a good habit to clear that from time to time. Note that this will require re-entering login credentials or other personal info on some sites since clearing your cache will make your Safari brand new again.

To clear all Safari data, go to Settings on your iPhone and look up ‘Safari.’ Once in the Safari menu, scroll down until you see ‘Clear History and Website Data.’ It will ask you to pick a timeframe. Select ‘All history’ and then hit the red button at the bottom that says ‘Clear History.’

Free Up Space

Full storage is one of the leading causes of a sluggish iPhone. Go to Settings , scroll to General , and click on iPhone Storage from the menu. Doing so will present you with a stacked bar chart and an ordered list of your iPhone’s storage situation, clearly labeling how much space is occupied by which app.

It will also provide you with recommendations on how to free up space. Under Recommendations , click on Review Large Attachments to see the photos, videos, and attachments that are taking up the most space. When you see something you want to delete, swipe left and hit Delete .

There are other ways to free up space on your iPhone, but it ultimately depends on your priorities and your phone use. If you don’t always need all your photos and videos on your phone, you can back them up on iCloud and delete them from your iPhone. However, this would mean you would no longer be able to access them without the internet.

Similarly, if you don’t need all your iMessages, you can mass-delete them. I’ll review all the ways to clear storage on your iPhone in a separate, dedicated guide.

iOS updates often bring bug fixes that help improve your iPhone’s efficiency, so it’s a good idea to always be on the latest software update. You can do that by turning automatic updates on. Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates and turn on the toggle switch for all three options on the page. This will automatically download and install iOS software updates when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, charging, and locked.

You can also manually update your iOS. A ‘Software Update Available’ notice on your Settings app under your Apple ID will tell you there’s a newer version you haven’t yet updated to. If you see that, scroll down to General > Software Update and click Download and Install to begin the update. If you don’t see that notice, you’re on the latest version.

Replace Battery

Another possible reason for a slow phone is a battery overused to the point of dysfunction. If your iPhone is old, its battery’s health may not be ideal. To see if that’s the case, go to Settings, look up Battery Health, and click on Battery Health & Charging from the open menu. Anything 80% and above is good, but Apple recommends replacing your battery when its health falls below that mark.

Turn Off Automatic Downloads and Background App Refresh

Apps on your iPhone tend to auto-update. While this is helpful, it could become overwhelming for your phone, especially if you have many apps on it. Multiple background app refreshes also take place without you knowing. Again, this is a helpful feature, but it could lead to a considerable drop in your phone’s efficiency if you have many apps that constantly refresh and update.

Go to Settings > App Store and turn off all three toggle switches under ‘Automatic Downloads.’ These are App Downloads, App Updates, and In-App Content. Then, go to General > Background App Refresh > Background App Refresh (again) and choose Off . Doing both will ensure no power-hungry apps are running in the background. If you’d like an app updated, you can constantly manually update it in the App Store.

No, closing your background apps won’t help.

I know; I felt as deceived as you did when Gizmodo Maxwell Zeff told us that closing background apps doesn’t do anything and that I have been making my poor little thumb do all that labor for years for nothing. It’s just a tech myth that originated years ago on Apple’s community forum and Stack Overflow and has been perpetuated ever since (because it sounds like it should work!). But yeah, doing that won’t affect either performance or battery.

Are some of your apps still running slow?

Are you sure it’s your phone and not your network? People often mistake a slow connection for a slow phone. Especially if you’re experiencing lag on apps that require an internet connection, it might just be your internet that needs fixing.

To quickly check this, look up ‘speed test’ on your browser. You’ll see an ‘Internet speed test’ pop-up. Hit the blue button that says ‘run speed test.’ In around 30 seconds, you’ll get precise stats on your download and upload speeds and a comment on your internet performance.

I just ran mine, and it said, “Your Internet connection is very fast. It should be able to handle multiple devices streaming HD videos, video conferencing, and gaming at the same time.” So, if my iPhone starts acting up, I’d know it’s not my internet.

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