Don’t you miss having an iPhone that runs fast as hell?
I know. It happens to all of us. When you first purchased an iPhone or iPad, it usually operates very smoothly.
As time goes by, you start to feel a little laggy and unresponsive in some settings. This is completely normal because the cache has built up on your iOS device.
Cache is a place to store temporary information in a computing system.
That might be a little too technical. Here is an example:
Internet browsers like Safari and Chrome use cache to store information of the site you visited. Allowing the browser to pull up the data faster the next time the site request it.
This allows better performance and faster loading for frequently visited web pages.
Where can I find Cache files in iOS?
That’s a good question. And the answer is
Cache doesn’t just locate in your web browser. When you download an app from the App Store, it usually creates its cache files after as well.
The original size of the app isn’t really accurate afterward. For example, the default weight of the Instagram app is 58.8 MB. However, as you start using the app, it will consume more of your storage due to the cache being created.
How to Clean the Cache of your iPhone Apps
By default, there is no option to do this except for deleting the app and reinstall it.
But if you have a jailbroken iOS device, this can be done using a tweak called CacheClearer. This package allows you to clear cache for individual iPhone application within the Settings app.
- Launch Cydia
- Go to Sources > Edit > and add http://rpetri.ch/repo
- Install CacheClearer > Confirm
This package is entirely free to use and is compatible with jailbroken devices running iOS 9 or higher.
When done installing, open your Settings app and go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage.
The applications that you see on this screen are displayed in order based on their size and data. Of course, the first few applications that you see will be probably the one that you may want to clear cache and delete junk files out of.
To do that, tap on the app and you will see two new options added. Usually, you would only see Delete app. But now there is a feature named Clear App’s Cache. Tap on that it will do all the work.
Thank CacheClearer we can now remove its cache without hassle.
One more thing: the Reset button
As mentioned earlier, there are two new options. One is Clear App’s Cache which I already talked about. The second one is called Reset App. This function lets you put your iOS apps back to its factory settings.
If you choose this instead of clearing the app cache, it will then remove all existence data including login credentials, granted permissions, and more.
CacheClearer is one of those essential tweaks for your iOS device. Though, I don’t recommend you use it on a daily basis.
Update #1: A lot of people from the r/Jailbreak subreddit also recommend using iCleaner, the tweak provides much more features to clean up your iOS device.