How to clear cache, cookies and history on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

The default and most common browser on iOS devices is mobile Safari. Over time, your browser can become slow and often times needs a fresh start. As you continue to visit websites, mobile Safari will save portions of websites, which is known as caching. By keeping a file locally, it should allow for faster downloads when visiting a site you have visited previously. With the fast connections we enjoy today, cached sites aren’t terribly necessary and a sluggish browser is just one of the reasons for deleting cache. If you are sharing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a family or friend, deleting history might be for privacy reasons. Here’s how to delete cache, history and cookies in Safari.

Clear cache, cookies, history Safari

  1. Navigate to Settings > Safari
  2. Tap on Clear History

Clear history in Safari iPhone, iPad

How to clear cookies and data in Safari on iPhone

  1. Navigate to Settings > Safari
  2. Clear Cookies and Data

Clear cookies on iPhone

Tip: When you delete cookies, you will delete any login credentials that were previously entered to visit a website. Let’s say that you frequent the world’s number one iPhone forum, you would have to re-enter your username and password to login once you deleted cookies from Safari.

You may be thinking, “why would I delete cookies and not browser history or vice versa?” It all depends upon your reasons for deletion. History will remove all of the sites that you’ve visited over time through Safari. However, there still may be ‘footprints’ left by cookies which are used to track user activity. Technically, you could delete a site from browser history, but there could be a cookie left behind.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to clear your cache, history and cookies from Safari. Over time, you browser might get bogged down by the continous saving of files. For some, they want to hide or remove browsing history and cookies due to privacy concerns. Following this short and easy guide, you can bring Safari back to it’s default factory state. While this will delete cached files, cookies and your browsing activity, you can rest assured that all of your bookmarks are safe and secure. You can repeat this process as little or as often as you’d like and the process is the same on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you see improvements to your browsing experience.

  • Rafael David González

    Not having to re-enter login credentials for sites–for me–is the reason I don’t do this very often at all. Especially with the increasingly complicated passwords some sites want you to use.

  • Kstream

    What about all the other data saved on your iOS devices? I mean in Windows 98 times (!) you could easily erase your digital marks. Nowadays you delete the email, you delete it from the server and you still find the attachments locally stored, some of the emails in the history “smart” folder on mail for Mac OS. Combine that with the data you stored somewhere on the cloud… I can really say that say that I am in control all of that although I try! :)