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Avast Academy Performance Cleaning How to Clear the Cache and Cookies on iPad

How to Clear the Cache and Cookies on iPad

Your cache and cookies help create a smooth browsing experience, but as they build up they start to impact performance. Here’s how to clean up your iPad cache and cookies for faster surfing. Then, get an anti-tracking tool to shield your online activity and stop ad trackers and marketers from adding cookies to your browser and following your every move.

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How to clear your cache on iPad

You can clear your iPad cache in your browser settings. Open your iPad’s settings and tap Safari. Then, scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data. And you’re done — you've cleared your history and your cache and your iPad should run more smoothly.

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    The process is different from clearing cache on a Mac or Macbook, and clearing the cache isn’t the same as enabling or disabling cookies, either. Clearing cache means deleting invisible temporary files, so clearing your iPad cache is almost always a good idea. But because cookies help websites work properly, you might run into some problems if you decide to disable cookies.

    Here’s how to clear the cache on your iPad on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox — the process is slightly different on each browser.

    In Safari

    Safari lets you delete history, cookies, and cache all at once. We’ll discuss cookies in more detail later, but note that if you wipe them, you’ll be logged out of all the accounts you’re signed into on Safari.

    Here’s how to clear the cache in Safari.

    1. Open your iPad’s Settings, scroll down, and select Safari. Then, scroll down to the option that says Clear History and Website Data, and tap it.

      A view of Safari's settings within iPad's settings.

    2. Tap Clear to confirm.

      The Safari confirmation screen when the user has decided to clear history and website data on an iPad.

    Lots of junk can build up on desktop Mac computers, too. So after tidying up your iPad, delete browser cookies on your other devices. Defragging your Mac’s hard drive or permanently deleting Mac files can speed things up as well.

    In Chrome

    When you clear the cache in Chrome on your iPad you have more options than you do on Safari. Here’s how to clean up your Chrome cache on iPad.

    1. Tap the three horizontal dots in the upper right. Then tap Settings.

      A view of Google Chrome in iPad, with the three-dots menu open in the upper right.

    2. Scroll down to Privacy and tap it.

      A view of Chrome's settings on iPad.

    3. Tap Clear Browsing Data.

      The privacy settings in Chrome on iPad.

    4. Select the option Cached Images and Files and keep everything else unchecked. Then tap Clear Browsing Data.Tap again to confirm.

      A view of Chrome on iPad with Clear Browsing data options open.

    You’ve cleared your Chrome iPad cache, but there are more ways to clean a browser. Clearing your browser history on Chrome is another way to speed up your iPad.

    In Firefox

    Deleting the Firefox cache on your iPad is easy. Here’s how.

    1. Open Firefox and tap the hamburger menu in the upper right. Then tap Settings.

      Accessing Firefox settings on an iPad.

    2. Tap Data Management.

      Finding the Data Management option in Firefox settings on an iPad.Finding the Data Management option in Firefox settings on an iPad.

    3. Keep only the Cache option toggled on and tap Clear Private Data. Tap again to confirm.

      Clearing the the Firefox Cache on an iPad.

    If you want to clear your cache in Firefox on your computer, check out our dedicated guide.

    How to clear cookies on iPad

    Deleting browser cookies on iPad means you’ll stop seeing personalized ads, because cookies are what help advertisers track your interests to serve you targeted ads. But clearing your iPad cookies also means you’ll be logged out of all the accounts you’re currently signed in on, so make sure you remember your passwords.

    Cookies help sites create better experiences for their users and they also make browsing faster and more convenient. But because cookie data builds up, clearing cookies on your iPad will help streamline your device.

    Disabling cookies may increase your privacy, but the loss of convenience might not be worth it, especially since there are other ways to keep your data secure, like using anti-tracking software or a comprehensive security and privacy app.

    Here’s how to clear cookies on your iPad on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

    In Safari

    Here’s how to clear cookies by deleting website history and data in Safari on an iPad.

    1. Open your iPad’s Settings, scroll down, and select Safari. Then, find the option to Clear History and Website Data and tap it.

      Safari settings on an iPad.

    2. Tap Clear to confirm.

      Clearing your website history and data in Safari on an iPad.

    You’re done – you’ve cleared your Safari history on iPad, in addition to all the other temporary files that Safari generates.

    In Chrome

    Here’s how to delete cookies in Chrome on an iPad.

    1. Tap the three horizontal dots in the upper right. Then tap Settings.

      A view of Google Chrome in iPad, with the three-dots menu open in the upper right, and Settings is circled.

    2. Scroll down to Privacy and tap it.

      Finding your privacy settings on Chrome on an iPad.

    3. Tap Clear Browsing Data.

      Clearing browsing data in Chrome on an iPad.

    4. Check the option for Cookies and Site Data and leave everything else unchecked. Tap Clear Browsing Data and tap again to confirm.

      The options for clearing your browsing data in Chrome on an iPad.

    Now that your Chrome cookies are deleted, you may want to clear your Chrome history, otherwise your online activity will still be visible to anyone who uses your device.

    In Firefox

    Here’s how to clear your cookies in Firefox on iPad.

    1. With Firefox open, tap the hamburger menu in the upper right, and tap Settings.

      Finding settings in Firefox on an iPad.

    2. Tap Data Management.

      Finding the data management settings in Firefox.

    3. With only the Cookies setting toggled on, tap Clear Private Data. Tap again to confirm.

      Clearing cookies through data management settings in Firefox on iPad.

    You might want to clear your Firefox history on iPad, too. If so, select that option as well.

    How to clear cache and cookies on iPhone

    Clearing cache and cookies on an iPhone is just as easy as it is on an iPad. Here’s how.

    1. Open your iPhone Settings and tap Safari. Scroll down and tap the button that says Clear History and Website Data.

      Accessing the Safari Settings menu on an iPhone.

    2. Tap Clear History and Website Data again to confirm.

      Tapping the Clear History and Data button in Safari Settings to delete browsing history, cache, and cookies.

    And that’s it, your iPhone’s browser is squeaky clean.

    As the default iOS browser, the process for Safari is almost exactly the same as on iPad, but if you use Firefox or Chrome, you’ll notice a few small differences, such as that the iPhone settings options are on the lower right of the screen.

    The cache can obviously build up on other smartphones, so check out our guide to clearing the cache on your Android, too.

    What is a cache and what are cookies?

    The cache is where website data (pictures, text, layout info, etc.) is stored so your browser doesn’t have to load everything again every time you revisit a website. In that way, cached data helps websites load more quickly.

    Cookies are small bits of data that remember your login information, location and language settings, and other preferences. Having that data automatically accessible is helpful if, say, you don’t want to re-enter your login details all the time or want weather forecasts for your location.

    Why should you clear your cache and cookies?

    Periodically clearing cache and cookies is good device hygiene, because it can prevent advertisers from tracking you and can help speed up your browsing. But cookies and cached data are essential to the streamlined experiences we enjoy on today’s web, so you shouldn’t delete them all the time.

    If your iPad feels slow or clunky, or pages aren’t loading properly, then getting rid of cache and cookies might help speed things up. Cached data builds up over time and can take up gigabytes of space, slowing down your browser. And cookies help companies and marketers track your activity, which can compromise your privacy.

    If you want your browser to run like new again, clearing out cache and cookies is a good place to start.

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    Cache and cookies can make your browsing smoother, but you should always be in control of your data. With so many websites using tracking technology to monitor your activity, specialized privacy tools like Avast AntiTrack are crucial to safeguarding your data.

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