How to clear your iPad cache, cookies and history

UPDATED 26 JULY 2012

Our April 2010 How-To on clearing the cache, cookies and history off your iPad  proven to be one of our most popular blog posts, netting approximately 1 skillion views in its lifetime.  But with iOS 5 came some updates which mean we need to update our How-To.  Some things have changed, but it’s still pretty straightforward.  Follow our easy to use guide here.  And if you’re interested in learning more, Read “The Deep Knowledge” section that begins below our illustrated Guide.

Note that you need to clear both options (History AND Cookies and Data) in order to clean all traces of your browsing from your iPad or other device.

Have fun and Happy Cleaning.

1) Select 'Safari' in the Settings App

 

2) Decide whether you want to clear your Browsing History or your Cookies and Data (which includes webpages contained in the Cache folders).

 

3) If you chose "Clear History," Click 'Clear' ...

 

4) ...and your browser history is erased.

 

5) If you chose to clear your Cookies and Data, click 'Clear'...

 

6) ... and now your Cookies and Data are erased.

 

Deep Knowledge: More In-Depth Info If You’re Interested

Some definitions might be helpful.

Cookies:  The little data hunks websites leave behind (usually with your permission) that allow the site’s provider to know which pages you’ve visited on its site and other information.  Cookies are also where a site will store any log-in information you’ve elected to save when you click “Remember Me on This Computer.”
 
Cache: More properly referred to as the webcache, Cache is all the webpages you visit and most of the assets needed to build those webpages.  As a rule, video and audio are not caches.  Caches help pages that you’ve visited before load more quickly.
 
Browsing History:  The links to the pages you’ve visited.  Clicking on a link in your history loads a page from your webcache initially.

Ideally, all three of these datawads work together to speed up your browsing experience.  But occasionally, it’s useful to clean them out.

  1. When you don’t care to have others see where you’ve been online
  2. When you want to make sure that others can’t pose as you in order to buy stuff or cause mischeif online
  3. When you just feel like cleaning stuff up.

Safari in iOS 5 handles these Cache, Cookies and Browsing History  differently than its forebears.  The biggest difference is that Cache and Cookies have been combined under the heading Cookies and Data.  Selecting this option will clear out cached webpages AND any log-in info that you had allowed sites to save.  So plan on re-entering usernames and passwords when your surfing resumes.

If cleaning only your cache is important, give the Chrome browser app a look.  Its Settings menu shows options to clear Cookies, Cache and Browsing History separately.

 

The Original Post from April 16, 2010

Every so often you need to delete your browser’s cache. I was scratching my head yesterday trying to figure out how to do this in Safari on iPad. It took a few minutes to figure it out, so I thought I’d share it with you.

On the home screen, choose Settings. Choose Safari on the left side. On the right side you’ll find the option to Clear Cache. You can also choose to clear your iPad history and cookies too.

How to delete your cache in Safari on iPad

 

What tips and tricks have you discovered with iPad?

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  • Adam Washington

    I have a 3rd generation iPad running IOS 5.1.  Safari setting shows only two options: “Clear History” and “Clear Cookies and Data.” There is no (separate) option to “Clear Cache.”

  • Raineydead

    :) thanks easy enough !

  • Saranden

    Same here! I wonder if there is somewhere right in the depths of the settings where cache can be cleared as if over used and not cleared it’ll slow you up

  • Hermionemat

    Regarding the post about clearing “Cache” when I go into settings then Safari I see ‘Clear History’ and clear cookies and data’ but there is NO ‘clear cache’ can anyone please tell me how to clear my cache.
     

  • Hermionemat

     Saranden did you ever get a reply about clearing your Cache?  I have the same problem as you.

  • Jackywilkie1951

    Same here. I was only having problems with one site. I totally removed it from my iPad and reinstalled. Now working fine.

  • Aussie girl

    I have the same issue, no clear cache option only cookies and history. Grrrr!

  • Vivekimps88

    On the iPad, go to Settings > Safari and scroll to the bottom (-ish)
    of the right hand side. You’ll see two lines: “Clear History” and
    “Clear Cookies and Data.” Pressing either (or both) will clear those
    items, after you acknowledge a pop-up.

    This is for iOS 5. You used to have the ability to also clear the cache
    in versions 4.x and below, but that option is now gone…

    Hope this helps.

    Vivek

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  • Eric Scoles

    Safari on the desktop has a ridiculously persistent cache and Safari on iOS 4 seems to be the same way: This does not really clear the cache, not fully. Twas ever thus, though, and this is better than nothing.

  • prasad

    whenever im trying to download app on my apple ipad it shows”"could not connect to itunes”" plz tell me bettter solution