If your iPad is slow or if you’re running out of storage, clearing your iPad’s cache could help alleviate these issues.
There are several ways to improve your iPad’s performance, but clearing its cache is a quick way to give its performance a potential boost.
While you don’t need to clear your iPad’s cache every single day, we recommend doing it every so often so that its data doesn’t negatively impact its performance.
If your iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini starts running poorly, or if you simply want to clean up its internal storage without having to delete photos, videos and other items, here’s how to clear cache on iPad.
How to Clear Cache on iPad
If you use Apple’s Safari browser on your iPad, you’ll want to get rid of cookies and other data stored on your tablet.
If you use Safari on other Apple devices, this process will also clear the data on those if they’re logged into the same iCloud account.
- Head into your Settings app on your iPad.
- Scroll down to Safari.
- Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section and tap on Clear History and Website data.
- A window will popup and you’ll want to tap on Clear History and Data.
As the company notes, this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other browsing data. It will not clear AutoFill information.
If you don’t use Safari on a regular basis you probably won’t have much data to clear out. If that’s the case, you’ll want to take a look at your third-party applications.
This process will be a little different for each application. For example if you use Slack, you’ll need to head into the app’s settings via the Settings app and toggle Reset Cache on Next Launch on.
If you use typically use Google’s Chrome browser, you’ll need to head into the app itself and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner.
Once you’re there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag on your iPad, you might want to clear everything.
Unfortunately, some applications don’t provide you with a clear way to clear their cache. If that becomes a roadblock, we recommend taking a look at your iPad’s storage.
- Head into the Settings app.
- Go into General.
- Tap iPad Storage.
Here you’ll find an overview of your apps and how much space they’re hoarding on your iPad. If you scroll down, you can see which apps are taking up the most space on your device’s internal storage.
If you tap on an app, you’ll get readout that provides you with some options to help you better manage your iPad’s storage. Some of you might see an app you rarely use taking up a ton of space. Others might notice an app taking up more space than is preferred.
In some apps you’ll notice two options: Offload App and Delete App. If you offload an app, it will be unloaded from your iPad but you’ll keep all of your data which is useful if you think you’re use the application in the future. Once you reinstall the app, all of your data will be restored.
If you delete an app from your iPad the data will get deleted along with it. If you never use an application and it’s taking up a ton of storage, consider deleting it.
If you don’t want to manage all of this manually, you can tell iPadOS to automatically Offload Unused apps:
- Go into Settings
- Go into General
- Tap iPad Storage
- On that screen, you should see a blue Show All icon on the right hand side. Tap it.
- On the next screen, you’ll want to tap the blue Enable button next to Offload Unused Apps.
iPadOS will only offload apps if you’re in danger of running out of storage space.
Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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