IF YOUR iPhone web browser is running a little slow, there’s a quick and easy way to speed it up again.
Clearing your cache on Google, Firefox and Safari in a simple hack to free up space that only takes a minute.
Experts say your mobile needs a good clear-out in order to boost the speed of your phone, and reduce the risk of it crashing.
That’s because it might be storing a lot of website history and data that you no longer need.
Clearing the caches will log you out of your most-visited websites, so remind yourself of your passwords before you start cache clearing.
But it is perfectly safe to clear caches on your iPhone.
A cache is temporary, fast-access, memory used to store data you request frequently so it can be retrieved quickly.
Web-browsers and other apps store data related to sites you visit regularly, or actions you routinely perform, to make your experience using the app faster.
When the caches storing this data get full, your device becomes slower, and has a higher risk of crashing.
It might be mildly inconvenient to have cleared caches, as you may need to log back in to some sites and apps, or go through the process of personalising some settings.
But hopefully this small inconvenience is made up for by the restoring of the speed of your iPhone, and, depending on the websites you visit, maybe even tightening your security a little.
How to clear your iPhone’s cache for Safari
It is quick and easy to clear the cache for Safari and Chrome on an iPhone.
To clear your cache for Safari…
- From your home screen, open the iPhone Settings.
- Swipe down to Safari, then tap to enter Safari settings.
- In your Safari settings, scroll down until you reach “clear history and website data”, under the privacy and security section, then tap to activate.
- Tap again to confirm – and it’s as simple as that.
How to clear your iPhone’s cache for Chrome
To clear your cache for Chrome…
- Open the Chrome app on your iPhone.
- Tap on the menu at the bottom-right corner of the screen, which should appear as three dots in a horizontal line. This will pull up a list.
- Tap Settings which will open a new menu.
- Select privacy
- Tap Clear Browsing Data.
- Here, you can choose what to delete. You should tick the box for cached images and files, but you can also clear cookies and site data, and autofill passwords, from this menu.
- Tap Clear Browsing Data.
How to clear your iPhone’s cache for Firefox
To clear your cache for Firefox…
- Open the hamburger menu.
- Tap privacy
- Open the settings
- Select data management
- Select clear private data or website data
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