Mastering the Art of Cache Clearance on iPhone 13 Pro Max

Clearing cache on your iPhone 13 Pro Max is essential to maintain its speed and performance. You can take simple steps to clear the cache from your web browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. Additionally, you can also clear cache from various apps and offload unused ones to free up space. Read on to learn about each of these steps in detail and get your iPhone performing at its best again.

Clearing Safari Cache

Safari, being the default web browser for all Apple devices, is likely to accumulate significant cached data over time. Here is a step-by-step guide to clear cache from Safari:

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down until you locate Safari and tap on it.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the next screen and select Advanced.
Step 4: Choose Website Data to see a list of all the sites storing cached data, cookies, and other information in Safari. The total amount of space occupied by these sites is displayed at the top.

Step 5: Tap on Remove All Website Data and confirm by selecting Remove Now from the pop-up. This will clear all cached data and cookies from all sites, including those where you have saved your login status. Thus, you’ll have to sign back in to these sites the next time you visit them.

Step 6: If you wish to remove data only from specific websites, swipe from right to left on a website, until the Delete button appears. Tap on this button or continue swiping to remove the data for the selected website.

Step 7: In the Safari settings, you may also notice the Clear History and Website Data option. This is a more drastic approach that removes not just all website data but also your browsing history from your iPhone and all other devices logged in with the same iCloud account. However, since browsing history occupies minimal space, it is not recommended for performance improvement, but more as a privacy feature.

Offloading Unused Apps

While not exactly “cached data”, apps installed on your iPhone that you don’t regularly use can take up unnecessary space. Each app is essentially a copy of content available elsewhere (like the App Store), so there’s no need to keep it on your iPhone if you seldom use it. For instance, apps for seasonal shopping or vacations that you use only once or twice a year can occupy space on your device all year round.

Apple provides a way to “offload” these apps, freeing up space without affecting their data or even removing them from your home screen. This is especially useful for games, which are often large apps with relatively small amounts of stored data; offloading these can free up considerable space without affecting your in-game progress.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Choose General.
Step 3: Select iPhone Storage.
Step 4: From the list of all the apps installed on your device, select an app that you wish to offload. This will show you a detailed view of how much storage is used by the app itself (App Size) and how much is used by its stored data (Documents & Data).

Note: Only the storage listed beside App Size will be freed up when you offload an app.

Step 5: Choose Offload App and confirm by tapping on Offload App again when the pop-up appears. If you wish to completely remove the app and all its data from your iPhone, choose Delete App instead. Note that some of Apple’s built-in apps, like Photos and Messages, cannot be offloaded or deleted.

Step 6: You can also set your iPhone to offload apps automatically if they haven’t been used in a while. You may see a recommendation to enable this when you go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. This setting shows how much space you’ll save by doing so. You can find this setting under App Store in the iPhone Settings app.

Clearing Cache in Chrome

Like most third-party apps, you can clear your cache in Chrome through the settings within the app. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Chrome on your iPhone.
Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon located in the bottom right corner.
Step 3: Choose Clear Browsing Data.
Step 4: Choose Time Range if you’d prefer to clear only recent browsing data, or leave it set to All Time to clear everything.
Step 5: Deselect any items you don’t want cleared. For instance, if you’re simply trying to free up space, you probably don’t need to remove browsing history, saved passwords, or autofill data.
Step 6: Tap on Clear Browsing Data again located at the bottom, and then select it again from the pop-up to confirm.

Clearing Cache in Microsoft Edge

If you prefer Microsoft Edge as your browser, you can clear your cache there in a similar way to Chrome. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Edge on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select the three-dot icon located in the bottom center.
Step 3: Select Settings.
Step 4: Choose Privacy and Security.
Step 5: Select Clear Browsing Data.
Step 6: Choose Time Range to select how much browsing data you want to clear. This defaults to just the last hour, but you’ll probably want to set it to All Time to free up as much storage as possible.
Step 7: Select or deselect the items you want to be cleared.
Step 8: Choose Clear now from the bottom of the screen and select it again from the pop-up to confirm.

Clearing Cache in Firefox

Clearing your cache in Firefox on your iPhone involves slightly different steps, but it will ultimately achieve the same result. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Firefox on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select the three-line menu button in the bottom right corner.
Step 3: Choose Settings from the pop-up menu.
Step 4: Scroll down and select Data Management.
Step 5: Ensure the switches are toggled on beside the categories of data you’d like to clear.
Step 6: Choose Clear Private Data and then select OK to confirm.

Additional Tips to Clear Cached Data

While your web browser(s) are the most common places where you’ll find cached data, they’re not the only ones. Many individual apps also maintain their own caches. While these are relatively small in most cases, there are exceptions. Apps that store large caches usually provide a way of clearing out that data, although the method varies with each app.

You can see a list of how much storage each of your apps is taking up by going into the iPhone’s Settings app and selecting General > iPhone Storage. If something on that list seems excessive, it may be worth opening the app and poking around inside to see where you can clear out the cache or otherwise free up some space by removing downloaded content from apps like Music, TV, Podcasts, or YouTube.

For cloud-based apps like Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox, and Evernote, you can remove the app from your iPhone entirely and then reinstall it from scratch. These apps store all your data on their respective cloud-based services, so you won’t lose anything by deleting them except for your personal settings — and of course, any superfluous cached data they’ve been holding onto.

Remember, freeing up space in third-party apps is a largely manual process. For security and privacy reasons, iOS uses a technique called “sandboxing,” which prevents apps from accessing each other’s data. Therefore, you won’t be able to find any “system cleaner” apps for the iPhone (or iPad) like you can for a Mac or Windows PC. Any third-party app that claims it can clean or optimize your entire iPhone is misleading; most of the valid apps for this on the App Store are designed for specific purposes like cleaning up duplicate photos or contacts or ridding you of spam emails. While these served a purpose once, these are mostly tasks that you can do yourself with the built-in features in iOS 16.

How can I clear the cache on my iPhone 13 Pro Max?

You can clear the cache on your iPhone 13 Pro Max by going into the settings of each individual app or browser and selecting the option to clear cached data. For some apps, you may also have the option to offload the app, which removes the app but keeps its data.

What happens when I clear the cache on my iPhone?

When you clear the cache on your iPhone, you are deleting temporary files that are often left behind after you use apps or browse the internet. These files take up storage space and can slow down your device, so removing them can free up space and improve your iPhone’s performance.

Is it safe to clear cache on iPhone?

Yes, it is safe to clear cache on your iPhone. Cached data is just information from websites or apps that your iPhone stores to load them faster in the future. Clearing it will not delete any important data, but you might notice that some websites take slightly longer to load the first time you visit them after clearing your cache.