Most users complain about their devices slowing down after only a few months of usage. Other than this, less internal storage space seems to appear. While some may believe that the software may have worn down, the fact is, cache files occupy a good amount of space on your device, due to which your phone starts lagging, and you don’t even know about it.
All your apps, combined, could easily occupy a GB of space on your device, particularly if you like listening to your music offline off apps, such as Spotify, or SoundCloud. Other than this, apps may also face trouble with the cached data due to which they may fail to refresh with live data. If you are facing any such problems, it’s about time you get rid of the cache. This would also include useless files on your iPhone, and bits of your memory.
Some may argue that deleting cache files, for an app, let’s say, Safari, will result in nothing but the page loading slower as it stores files from pages you have previously visited to help make things faster the next time you visit. While they may be critical for people with limited mobile data, it does nothing but slow down your device, while also occupying a decent amount of storage.
First up, you need to locate the cache data on your iPhone, or iPad, whichever device you wish to clean. But before you start, it is important to note that each app creates other local files as well as you continue to use it. The download size that appears on the App Store is not the actual amount that the app occupies on your device as cache files continue to accumulate.
Safari usually happens to occupy more space than most other apps on your device. To clear the cache for Safari, go to the Settings app, and choose Safari from the following list. Scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data. Your device would ask for you to confirm whether you want to remove the data, following which you would have successfully cleared your browsing history, and cookies, along with a whole lot of other files. The Safari app, thus, would look like it did back when you first opened it on your new iPhone.
As for other apps on your iPhone or iPad, the only way to clear the cache is to uninstall the app, unless you wish to introduce a third-party app to help do it for you. Once you uninstall an app, every relevant file, including the cache and junk, gets deleted. However, you could bypass that by downloading an app to clear the files for you.
Battery Doctor is an app we would recommend to help you erase useless content off your phone; while the app’s name doesn’t exactly suggest that it would clear files for you, it does, and that too, in a simplified manner. The app is available for free on the App Store, and you can download it from here.
Once the app is up and running, choose “Junk” from the tabs available on the foot of the screen on the app. Click on the Clean up cache button that appears in the following screen, and let the app do the rest for you. Following completion, the app will present a small report, illustrating that data that has just been removed.
That’s not all; you can do even more off the app, such as getting your device a memory boost by clearing apps that you haven’t used in a while. If you have an app running the background, it will continue to occupy some part of the RAM, while also denting multi-tasking. To do so, tap the Memory tab, present next to Junk, on the list of tabs present on the bottom of the app. In the following screen, click on Boost and let the app do its job.