How to clear cache and remove “Other” on iPhone and iPad.
Over time, the iPhone and iPad begin to work more slowly, and their built-in memory is clogged with all kinds of junk. This is a well-known fact that Apple device users are not happy with, but have to put up with it. Or fight, for example, to clear the iPhone and iPad cache, the removal of which allows you to speed up the work and free up valuable memory space. In this guide, we talked about how to clear the cache and “Other” on iPhone and iPad. We collected only proven and effective methods.
How to effectively clear cache on iPhone and iPad without data loss
Let’s start with the most optimal and efficient way to clear the cache on iPhone and iPad using iTunes. This method does not delete the entire cache completely, but only deletes the real “garbage”. For example, after using the method, attachments to Viber or WhatsApp will not be deleted, since iTunes does not consider them “junk”. However, free space on the device will still appear and a lot.
- What is being deleted? The “harmful cache”. “garbage” that is not needed in the system, is deleted from the iPhone or iPad.
- How long does cleaning take? From 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of installed applications.
- Anything important will be deleted? No, all content on the iPhone and iPad will remain intact.
- Will I need to enter passwords in applications? No, after recovery, you can immediately use any application without having to authorize.
- How much space is freed? 1 to 4 GB.
Step 1. Connect the iPhone or iPad to the computer, launch iTunes and select the mobile device on the main screen of the program.
Step 2. Check the box “Encrypt iPhone Backup“And enter the password for the backup. Important! Password must be remembered.
Step 3. Click “Create a copy now»To back up your iPhone or iPad to your computer. Wait for the operation to complete.
Step 4. After creating a backup on your iPhone or iPad, go to the “Settings»→ [your name] → iCloud → “Find iPhone“And disable the function”Find iPhone“. This is necessary for the subsequent recovery from the newly created backup. If the “Find iPhone” feature is enabled, iTunes will not allow recovery.
Note: To disable the Find iPhone feature, you’ll need to enter your Apple ID password.
Step 5. In iTunes, click “Restore from copy»And confirm the start of recovery by entering the previously set password. Do not disconnect the iPhone or iPad from the computer until the mobile device is rebooted and appears in iTunes.
Step 6. When the iPhone or iPad turns on, you only need to enter the password from your Apple ID account again, and also wait until all applications are installed.
All applications will reinstall
Done! When the mobile device reappears in iTunes, you can immediately see how much space was freed up on it as a result of deleting the cache. In our case, an additional 900 MB appeared on the iPhone. It is important to note that this is provided that a full reset was performed on the iPhone just a month ago. If your iPhone or iPad has been in active use for a long time, then the device will definitely free up much more memory.
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How to remove specific application cache on iPhone and iPad
The previous method is good in that all the data important to users is definitely left on the iPhone or iPad. Documents and data, for example, the already mentioned attachments in instant messengers (these are most often photographs, many of which may be memorable) are stored. However, users most often do not care about the cache in most applications, since it does not represent any value. There is a way to delete the cache of specific applications, but it cannot be called convenient.
Step 1. Go to the menu “Settings“→”The main“→”IPhone storage“.
Step 2. Wait for the application list to load, and then select the application whose cache you want to completely delete. All installed applications in the list are sorted by size, which allows faster and easier to identify “pests”.
Step 3. On the application page, pay attention to the column “Documents and data”. It displays the size of the application cache. To clean it, press “Delete program“, 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 and iPad. Nevertheless, this time-consuming method makes it possible to deal with the cache in more detail.
How to remove Safari cache on iPhone and iPad
A lot of space on the iPhone and iPad takes Safari browser cache. It is noteworthy that it is not necessary to completely use the browser for this. Even relatively rare visits to web pages through Safari fill the “cache basket” instantly. Apple has provided a feature to remove the Safari cache.
Step 1. Go to the menu “Settings»→ Safari.
Step 2. At the bottom of the settings page, click “Clear history and data“. iOS will warn you that cleaning up will delete your browsing history, cookies, and other browsing data.
Step 3. Confirm the operation.
Clearing the Safari cache is instantaneous, but the result will certainly please you. In our case, more than 700 MB were freed in the iPhone’s memory.
How to completely remove cache on iPhone and iPad
Completely delete the cache, it is also the “Other” section, is impossible without a complete reset of the iPhone or iPad. Not a single utility for the computer, and moreover, not a single application from the App Store not able to fully deal with the cache. Therefore, if the cache on your iPhone or iPad really does not allow you to live, then this radical method will really help out.
To completely reset your iPhone or iPad, go to the menu “Settings“→”The main“→”Reset“→”Erase content and settings“. iOS will ask you to confirm the operation by entering a password. Important! The system does this for a reason. As a result of a complete reset from iPhone or iPad all data will be deleted. Be sure to create a fresh backup in iTunes or iCloud for later recovery.
After a complete reset, the iPhone or iPad will only have to configure. At the setup stage, iOS prompts you to run restore from backup, which, of course, is recommended, since all important data will be restored to the mobile device. Of course, the cache is not considered such data, and it will not return to the device. If you want the most “clean” iPhone and iPad, then the device can be configured as new. In this case, your data will not be saved, but there will definitely not be any cache and the “Other” category on the gadget.
How to partially clear the cache on iPhone and iPad without using a computer
If you don’t have a computer with iTunes at hand, but you still want to clear the cache from your iPhone or iPad, you can use specialized applications from the App Store. Immediately emphasize they only partially clear the cache, since Apple does not allow their tools to “climb wherever you need to.”
Due to limitations, such applications cannot handle flushing the cache as efficiently as iTunes. However, if you can’t use iTunes, the application will somehow help you. The most effective of these applications are Magic cleaner and Battery saver.
The principle of their work is the same. You need to run the application and click on Clena Junk or “Clear Trash”. Both applications are free, but contain built-in ads. And once again we note that such utilities are not able to clear the cache efficiently, therefore we recommend using the first three proven methods.
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