An iPad cache is essentially a part of temporary storage that helps speed up system tasks. When you visit websites and use apps, your iPad saves their data for faster loading and better performance when you return. That data can range from design elements to video or music snippets.
Over time, as you visit more web pages and download your favorite iPad apps, all the stored cache can start to slow down the tablet. Regardless of the iPad you have, clearing the cache could improve the performance of your tablet. We’ll show you some ways to clean this up and how you can better manage it over time.
Clear your iPad cache
Apple doesn’t provide an explicit way to target and clear the system-wide cache. The good news is that an iPad already works to remove unnecessary cached files. When the system needs more temporary storage, it automatically decides where to create space. Still, if you want to maximize the available cache on your iPad, there are a few methods.
Clear your internet browser’s cache
Your internet browser is most likely generating a significant amount of its own cache files. It makes sense when you consider the sheer number of unique web pages and images that you come across every day. Fortunately, browser apps give you decent control over temporary files. We will follow the steps to remove them in two of the most popular iPad browsers, Safari and Chrome.
Clear Safari cache
Step 1: To go Settings> Safari.
Step 2: Scroll down and select Clear history and website data. Tap Clear to confirm.
If you use third-party browsers like Google’s Chrome, you’ll need to navigate through their settings menus to manage the cache from within the apps themselves. These are the instructions for Chrome.
Clear the Chrome cache
Step 1: Open Chrome. In the upper right corner, tap the three dots.
Step 2: Scroll down the drop-down menu and select Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and go to Privacy> Clear browsing data.
Stage 4: Select the time interval for which you want to erase the data and make sure Images and Cached Files is selected.
Step 5: Tap Delete navigation data. Tap Delete navigation data again to confirm.
The Chrome app gives you a great deal of control in choosing exactly what to remove. You can also choose to delete other temporary files such as cookies and browsing history.
Clear the cache of third-party applications
For the most part, you will have to locate the application you want to clear data from and find a way to delete its individual cache files. One way to analyze applications to determine their use is in Settings> General> iPad Storage. Unfortunately, this is not a safe way to target the biggest culprits. In fact, if you scroll to the bottom of the app list, the actual system cache data is mostly grouped into the vague Other category.
As an example, we note that a streaming service like Spotify caches more than 1GB of files. That’s a big difference from the total size of 179MB listed in Settings> General> iPad Storage. Downloading an app, one of the options available in this section, doesn’t seem to immediately clear your iPad cache files. Again, iOS will likely delete those files automatically once it realizes that the system doesn’t need them.
We recommend going to the settings or profile area of an application to locate its storage preferences. Many applications that tend to take up a large amount of cache will have the option to clear it. Some may even provide an option to reset the cache from the iOS settings menu in Settings> [App Name]. Your last option is to remove the app entirely and download it again to start over. There are two methods to accomplish this.
Delete an app: method 1
Step 1: From the home screen, press and hold an app icon.
Step 2: Tap Remove app in the pop-up menu that appears. Tap Remove to confirm.
Delete an app: method 2
Step 1: To go Settings> General> iPad Storage. Scroll down the list of apps and tap the one you want to remove.
Step 2: Tap Delete application. Tap Remove app again to confirm.
Download your apps from the App Store to get a fresh install. You may notice that charging them for the first time may take a little longer than usual. You will also need to reconfigure the preferences you had before.