How to clear cache on iPad

what to know

  • Clear Safari's cache: Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data > Clear .
  • Clear Chrome's cache: Three dots > Clear browsing data . Select cached images and files .
  • To clear the cache of other apps, you can uninstall or delete them.

This article explains how to delete app cache in Safari and Chrome on any iPad. It also explains how to clear the cache of other applications without losing data.

If you use Safari as your primary browser, clearing its cache through the Settings app can help it run smoothly. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Click Safari in the left navigation menu. You may need to scroll to find it.

  3. Select Clear history and website data .

  4. Click Clear to confirm. If you're asked whether to close open tabs, select Keep tabs or Close tabs .

    The Safari cache may take a few minutes to clear, depending on the amount of time since the last time you did this. Once you're done, you should notice a difference in your iPad's responsiveness if you've experienced slowness before.

If you're using Chrome instead of Safari on your iPad, follow these steps to clear that browser's cache:

  1. Open Chrome and click More (three dots) in the upper right corner of the page.

    Can't see this button? Scroll up the page to reveal Chrome's full menu.

  2. Click Clear browsing data .

  3. In the dialog box, select the type of data to clear.

    These are your options:

    • Browsing History : This is a history of all the websites you have visited.
    • Cookies, Website Data : This is a small amount of information stored in your web browser that helps the website log you in automatically and/or load faster. Cookies may also contain other information about your system and may reveal your browsing habits to other websites.
    • Caching images and files : Caching data helps websites load faster, but they take up space and slow down your browser's overall performance.
    • Saved passwords : This includes any username or password you told your browser to save for you. Be careful and make sure you store any important passwords elsewhere before clearing them so you can return to those sites later.
    • Autofill data : This can include name, address, credit card number, and any other data you allow the browser to remember to make it easier to fill out the form.

    If you want to change when the selected items should be deleted, click the time range . For example, to clear Chrome's entire cache, you can select All Time .

  4. After making your selection, click Clear browsing data .

  5. In the confirmation message that appears, click "Clear browsing data" again to start the process of clearing browsing data. This may take a few minutes, depending on how much you use Chrome and how long it's been since you last cleared your cache.

Another thing you can do in order to clear some space is delete individual app caches for installed apps. You can do this by uninstalling or deleting the app.

  1. Open settings .

  2. Go to General > iPad Storage .

  3. iPad storage pages can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to load, depending on the size of your storage. Once loaded, you should see details about how your iPad's storage is being used, as well as a "Recommendations" section.

    The iPad Storage page helps you understand what content is using up all your storage space. For example, if you downloaded movies or TV shows, you can see them listed there. You can also click these to delete any downloads or apps you no longer want to keep.

  4. Select an application from the list. If your goal is to free up space on your iPad, note that this list is sorted by app size.

  5. On the Apps page, you have two options for clearing the app from storage:

    • Uninstall an app : This removes the app from your iPad but keeps the data associated with it. Selecting this option effectively clears the cache. After uninstalling, you can reinstall a clean, fresh copy of the application that still contains your data.
    • Remove application : This option does what it says. It deletes the app and all data associated with the app. You can choose to reinstall the app, but all data associated with the app will be permanently lost.
  6. Whichever option you choose, you will be prompted to confirm your choice. Click Uninstall App or Delete App again to confirm your choice.

You may encounter that system apps (such as Photos ) do not have the option to "Uninstall App" or "Delete App". If this happens and an app is taking up a lot of space on your device, then your only option is to go into the app and delete individual items. How you delete these will depend on the project, but generally selecting or long-pressing on the app will open a menu with a "Delete" option.

The app cache on iPad stores temporary data that apps use frequently, such as images and files, to help them run faster and smoother. Having a cache means that the application does not need to download or process the same information repeatedly.

However, over time, the cache can grow quite large, so you may need to clear it occasionally to free up space and keep your iPad running properly. You may find that your iPad loads web pages more slowly, or that the website looks outdated or doesn't function properly. Clearing your browser's cache will speed up page loading and response times, and serve as a general system cleanup.

If you find that your iPad is running low on storage or that apps are generally running poorly, clearing the in-app cache will free up storage space and improve overall operation.

  • To clear your iPhone's Safari cache, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data . For apps, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and tap Offload App . In Chrome, go to Menu > Clear browsing data .

  • To clear cookies on your iPhone, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data . Select Delete all website data > Delete . After deleting all cookies, you will need to log in to the website again.

  • To clear cached data on your Android device, open Settings , select Apps , and tap the app whose cache you want to clear. Click Storage & Cache > Clear Cache to clear the app cache. Click Clear Storage to delete data associated with the app.