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Slow iPhone? Running out of storage? Clearing the cache on your iPhone could help.

There are a number of ways to improve your iPhone’s performance, but clearing its cached data is a quick and easy way to give it a jolt.

You don’t need to clear your iPhone’s cache every single day, but it’s probably a good idea to do it every so often so that the data doesn’t bog down performance.

If your iPhone is running poorly or you just want to quickly clean up its internal storage without deleting photos and videos, here’s how to clear the cache on iPhone.

How to Clear Cache on iPhone

If you’re a Safari user, you’ll want to get rid of cookies and other data. If you use Safari on other devices, this will also clear the data on those if they’re logged into the same iCloud account.

  1. Head into your Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to Safari.
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section and tap on Clear History and Website Data.
  4. A window will popup and you’ll want to tap on Clear History and Data.

As Apple notes, this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other browsing data. It will not, however, clear AutoFill information.

If you aren’t a Safari user you may not have much data to clear out. In that case, you’ll want to check on your third-party applications.

The process will be a little different for each application. For instance, 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 to on.

If you 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. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once you’re in there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Some apps won’t give you a clear and obvious way to clear the cache. In that case, we recommend taking a look at your iPhone’s storage. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Head into the Settings app.
  2. Go into General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.

This section will give you an overview of your apps and how much space they’re hoarding. If you scroll down, you can see which apps are taking up the most space. In a lot of cases, it’s probably the Photos and/or Messages app.

If you tap on an app, iOS will give you a readout and provide you with a few options to help manage storage. This is useful if you notice an app you rarely use taking up a ton of space or an app you use frequently taking up more space than you’d prefer.

In some applications you’ll notice two options: Offload App and Delete App. If you offload an app, it will be unloaded from your iPhone but you’ll retain all of the data which is practical if you think you might use the app in the future. All of your data will be restored if you reinstall the app.

Deleting the app removes the app from your phone and it also deletes your data. If you never use an application and it’s taking up a bunch of storage, think about deleting it.

If you’re the forgetful type, you can tell iOS to automatically Offload Unused apps. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go into Settings
  2. Go into General
  3. Tap iPhone Storage
  4. On that screen, you should see a blue Show All icon on the right hand side. Tap it.
  5. On the next screen, you’ll want to tap the blue Enable button next to Offload Unused Apps.

iOS will only offload apps if your iPhone is dangerously low on storage.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.5 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security

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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