Over time, iPhones and iPads start to run slower, and their built-in memory gets clogged with all sorts of junk. This is a well-known fact that Apple device users are not happy with, but they have to put up with it. Or fight, for example, by clearing the iPhone and iPad cache, the removal of which allows you to both speed up work and free up valuable memory space.
If you have an older iPhone or a model without a lot of storage space, you may be running out of space. You probably already know some of the most common tricks for freeing up space on your iPhone, such as deleting unnecessary apps, music, and videos. However, there is another category of storage on your phone. It used to be called “Other” in iOS, but it’s been renamed “System Data” in recent versions of iOS.
So, here is how to clear the “Other” or “System Data” storage on iPhone in a few easy steps.
What data is stored in “Other” on the iPhone
The “Other” data category contains various files not included in the main categories. This is where Apple stores a huge number of system files that you, as an end-user, rarely, if ever, need.
- System settings.
- Voices of the Siri assistant.
- Current smartphone and system data.
- Cache files.
Where do cache files come from? Cache files are temporary files. This means that they were temporarily needed for some process, and once the task is done, they should be deleted.
Apple defines in cache files everything that is created by streaming data: music, photos, videos. If you use Apple Music all the time, get ready for a lot of cache data. Even track previews will go here.
How to delete the cache of a specific app on the iPhone
Users most often don’t care about the cache in most applications, because it is of no value. So, if you want to delete the cache of a specific app on the iPhone, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
- Then, go to the “General” menu and open “iPhone Storage”.
- Wait for the list of applications to load, then select the application whose cache you want to delete completely. All installed applications in the list are sorted by size, which makes it faster and easier to identify the application you need.
- On the application page, pay attention to the “Documents and data” line. It shows the size of the application cache.
- To clear it, tap “Uninstall”, confirm the removal, and then reinstall the application from the App Store.
Unfortunately, Apple has not yet implemented a more convenient way to clear the application cache on the iPhone. Nevertheless, this time-consuming method is quite an opportunity to deal with the cache in more detail.
How to delete Safari cache on iPhone
The Safari browser cache takes up a lot of space on the iPhone and iPad. It is noteworthy that you do not need to actively use the browser to do this. If you want to delete the Safari cache on your iPhone, you have to follow these steps:
- Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
- After that, find and tap on “Safari”.
- Then, scroll down and tap “Clear History and Website Data”.
- Finally, tap “Clear History and Data” in the popup window.
Once you have completed these steps, the Safari cache will be cleared.
How to completely delete the cache on iPhone
It is impossible to completely remove the cache, also known as the “Other” section, without performing a complete reset of the iPhone. No computer utility, much less any App Store app, is able to completely deal with the cache. Therefore, if the cache on your iPhone is really not letting live, then this radical method will truly bail you out.
In order to completely reset your iPhone, you have to follow these steps:
- At first, open the “Settings” menu.
- Go to the “General” section and tap on the “Transfer or Reset iPhone” tab.
- Then, tap on the “Erase All Content and Settings” option.
iOS will ask you to confirm the operation by entering a password. A full reset will erase all data from your iPhone. Be sure to create a fresh backup in iTunes or iCloud for later recovery.