One of the most common iPhone troubleshooting steps when you have trouble browsing the web is to clear the cache.
This is similar to how you clear cookies or browser history on your computer and does a similar function.
You can clear the cache on your iPhone 13 by going to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data > and tapping Clear History and Data.
Clear cache iPhone 13 steps
- I open Settings.
- Select Safari.
- Click on Clear History and Website Data.
- Select Clear History and Data.
Below, our guide continues with more information on how to clear cache on iPhone 13, including images of these steps.
Related: Check out our iPhone Safari history article to learn how you can view your history and remove individual pages from it.
When you visit many websites in the Safari web browser on your iPhone, some data is stored on your device.
This information can include things like passwords or shopping cart details, which are often stored as cookies, as well as site data, history, and more.
This type of saved information is generally useful as it will improve your browsing experience and make it more convenient.
But if there is a lot of cache stored on your device, it may cause poor performance of some websites, or it may cause your Safari browser to slow down.
If you’re trying to fix your work in Safari, our below guide on clearing iPhone cache can help.
Video about clearing iPhone cache
How to delete Safari Cache on iPhone 13
The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 13 running iOS 16.3.1. These steps will also work on other models like iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone Mini.
Also, for most other iPhone models and iOS versions, you can clear the cache using similar steps.
Step 1: Open the Settings app from the home screen.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option from this list.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Clear History and Website Data button.
Step 4: Tap the Clear History and Data button at the bottom of the screen to confirm that you want to delete this data.
Now that you know how to clear cache on iPhone 13, you can perform this procedure periodically when you find that your browser is slow.
If you want to clear the cache for an app and not for a web browser, the next section will show you how to do it.
How to clear app cache on iPhone 13
If you’re more interested in clearing the app cache than deleting the browser cache, you’ll need to use another option elsewhere.
The iPhone storage menu allows you to open the installed apps screens, where you can view information about the amount of data an app is using.
One of the buttons on this page allows you to uninstall apps, while the other allows you to offload apps.
Selecting the “Offload App” option will remove the actual app from the device but keep your documents and data.
However, offloading an iPhone app will also clear its cache, so you can use this feature as a way to clear iPhone app cache.
Step 1: Open Settings.
Step 2: Select General.
Step 3: Select iPhone storage.
Step 4: Choose the application.
Step 5: Click on the Download Application button.
Step 6: Select “Download App” again to confirm.
As mentioned in the popup, this will uninstall the app but keep its documents and data.
More information on clearing iPhone cache
Please note that after deleting the Safari cache, you will be signed out of the accounts you were previously signed in to. Make sure you have access to these passwords somewhere stored on your device or with a password manager like 1Password.
- Private Browsing – If you start a private browsing session in Safari, your cookies and history will be deleted as soon as you close the tab. You can enter private browsing by opening Safari, clicking the tabs icon, clicking the drop-down menu, and choosing Private.
- Block cookies. The Safari menu in the Settings app includes a few other options, including one that allows you to block all cookies. While this will prevent cookies from being stored on your device, this may negatively affect your browsing experience.
- iPhone Chrome cache. You can also clear the cache in the Chrome app for iPhone. To do this, open Chrome, tap the three dots, select Settings, select Privacy and security, tap Clear browsing data, then select the options on this screen and tap Clear browsing data.
- iPhone Firefox cache. In addition to the clear cache option for Chrome, you can perform a similar procedure on Firefox. Start by opening Firefox, click on the three lines, and then select Settings. You can then select Data management, adjust options in the menu, and then tap Clear personal data.
If you want to restart your iPhone, you can do so by pressing and holding the Volume Up and Power buttons, then dragging the Slide to Power Off button to the right side of the screen. The phone will turn off after a few seconds, then just hold the power button until the white Apple logo appears. You can then re-enter your password and start using the device again.