Experienced iOS users would know that app cache takes up a lot of space on an iOS device. The size of cache keeps on increasing as you continue using applications. Additionally, some temporary files may also be created on your iOS device by several apps. These files lie around your device and eat up plenty of space. In general, cache files do not clean up on its own (until you really have a free space issue at hand). However, there are some ways you can clean up App cache and temporary files in your iOS device. This article discusses about a few things you can do to free up space on your iOS device.
Why does iOS store application data?
When you run your favorite apps, some data is stored in a separate portion of memory. This data contains application state and usage information – features more frequently used, information about the last access, login information, and so on. Storing this information helps the device to quickly resume activity from where the user left off, without having to re-enter information that was already provided previously. These files are app-specific. Each of the apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch store many extra files within their own sandbox. They occupy a lot of space and the situation may arise that you are unable to transfer contents into your device just because app cache is eating up a few Gigabytes of your precious space.
Cleaning up unnecessary files
Fortunately for iOS, there are some methods to manually clean up cache files before automatic cache clean up kicks in. These methods forcefully clean up cache files and free up space on your device. If you’re eager to maximize the available free space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, here are a few methods you can try.
From App: Some apps do allow you to clear cache from within the app. The availability of this option varies according to the app being used. There is no rule as to where you might find the option. You have to physically browse through all the application settings available. Some apps might not even have the option to clear cache.
Using iTunes: One of the easy ways to clear app cache on your iOS device is to uninstall the particular app and then re-install it. Uninstalling an app from an iOS device cleans up its cache from memory. After re-installation, the app is freshly installed again with a clean cache. You can uninstall apps and reinstall them from your device itself, but doing so using iTunes saves you trouble of downloading the app again since iTunes keeps a backup of all your apps by default.
However, there are some 3rd party tools that let you externally clear junk files
Using 3rd party apps – PhoneClean: PhoneClean is a desktop application available for Mac and Windows that offers a one stop solution to clean up all unnecessary files in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It is one of the best junk files cleaner available for iOS devices.
How to use PhoneClean?
Step1: Download and install the appropriate version of PhoneClean on your Mac or PC.
Step 2: Connect your iOS device via USB.
Step 3: Launch the PhoneClean application on your Computer. It should automatically detect the connected iOS device.
Step 4: Click on the Start Scan button to scan all the unnecessary files present on the device. The application looks for 4 different types of files –
Temp and Junk Files: iOS apps often create temporary files during various calculations and other operations. These files are rarely used again and some of them files remain on your device and eat up free space unnecessarily.
Cache and Off-line files: Apps often download files on your devices for offline viewing in situations where you don’t have internet connectivity. These files are stored in the device for faster access to recent activities without the need of re-downloading files.
Cookie and Script files: These files contain your browsing history, login information, recent app activities and other personal information used frequently by apps. Cookies should be deleted regularly in order to protect your own privacy.
Sync-failed Media files: Sometimes, generally due to power or connectivity loss, file syncing, app installations, and updates might be interrupted. In such cases, the partially synced files remain on your device, consuming some valuable space. These files are of no use to your device and should be removed to free up memory space.
Step 5: After PhoneClean has successfully scanned the iOS device and detected all leftover files, select the types of files you want to remove click on the Clean Up button. This will clean up all the selected unnecessary files from your device.
Cleaning up junk files helps your device to run smoother and free up space . Besides PhoneClean, you can also check out the other applications released by its creator iMobie, made exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.How to free up space on your iOS device by David