In this article, I will show you the steps to clear cache on iPads for apps. As you use various apps on your iPad, they accumulate cache data, which includes temporary files, images, and other content.
When using an iPad, it sometimes saves cache files for quick access. This cache memory saved will help speed up your iPad and reduce cellular data usage. Your iPad just accesses apps from the cache memory instead of fetching from your server every time.
If you are facing performance issues from your iPad, clearing your cache memory can be one of the ways to solve the problem.
While caching improves app performance, over time, it can consume a significant amount of storage space. Clearing app cache can help free up space and potentially resolve performance issues.
You can clear cache for the whole iPad or for specific applications that you notice are slowing down your iPad tablet.
Clear Cache on iPad Browsing Applications
Follow these steps to clear the cache for individual apps on your iPad.
- Identify the Culprit Apps
- Clear Cache for Individual Apps
Step 1: Identify the Culprit Apps. Before clearing the cache, identify which apps are taking up the most space due to cached data.
To do this, Go to Settings on your iPad, then tap on General and select iPad Storage. You will see a list of apps on your iPad, sorted by the amount of storage they use. Pay attention to apps that have a large Documents & Data size, as this typically indicates cache.
Step 2: Clear Cache for Individual Apps. Once you’ve identified the apps with significant cache data, follow these steps to clear their cache.
Open Settings on your iPad and scroll down to find the app you want to clear the cache for.
Tap on the app’s name to access its settings. Look for the option to Offload App or Delete App. Offloading the app removes the app itself but keeps its data, including the cache. Deleting the app will remove both the app and its data, including the cache.
If you choose to offload the app, you can reinstall it later from the App Store without losing your app data.
If you want to clear the cache for Safari browser (the built-in web browser), you can do so by going to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.
Clearing Cache on iPad for All your Apps
If you want to clear the cache for all apps on your iPad, follow these steps.
Step 1: A simple restart can sometimes help clear the cache for multiple apps. To restart your iPad, press and hold the power button until the slide to power off slider appears on the screen. After that, Swipe the slider to turn off your iPad. Press and hold the power button again until the Apple logo appears, indicating your iPad is restarting.
Step 2: Ensure your iPad’s operating system is up to date, as newer iOS versions often include optimizations and cache management improvements.
To know whether your OS is up to date, Go to Settings > General > Software Update to see if any updates are available. Download and install the update if available for you.
Clearing the app cache on your iPad is a straightforward process that can help optimize storage space and potentially enhance app performance.
By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can efficiently manage cache data for individual apps or perform a general cache clearing for all apps.
Regular cache maintenance can contribute to a smoother and more efficient iPad experience overall.
Using Third-Party Tools
FAQS about Cache on iPads
Will clearing the app cache delete my app data?
Clearing the app cache should not delete your app data. It mainly removes temporary files and cached content. However, to be safe, you can back up your important app data to iCloud or your computer before clearing the cache.
How often should I clear the app cache on my iPad?
The frequency of clearing the app cache depends on your usage patterns. If you notice your iPad is running low on storage or specific apps are sluggish, clearing the cache can be beneficial. It's a good practice to do this occasionally to keep your iPad running smoothly.
Can I clear the cache for system apps?
For most system apps, you won't have the option to clear the cache manually. However, restarting your iPad regularly and keeping the iOS up to date can help manage cache for system apps.