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reina25 Level 1 Level 1

I noticed that certain apps, like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, are starting to hog up a bunch of memory on my device. When checking the usage details, I don't have the option to clear out the 'documents & data' within the app. I've been reading a few things online which advised that deleting and reinstalling the app is the only way to clear it out on the phone. It seems to be a bit of an inconvenience, especially if I use the apps often and they start accumulating new data all over again after they are reinstalled. Any suggestions or tips? Thanks!

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1
  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4

    Why would you want to clear your cache for those apps? Hopefully you are not confusing your storage space with RAM and caches...


    Usually you would just want to suspend/kill the app by using the "multi-task" clearer (Home button, press down on the screen until the red comes up)

  • reina25 Level 1 Level 1

    I wanted to see if there was a way to stop the app from taking up too much space under the usage settings. For example, Pinterest was showing only 64MB under the storage listings and it's up to 104MB right now. Closing the app with the multitasking bar doesn't really stop the app from growing in size after using it.

  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4

    The increase just makes it easier for your app to perform as expected, which you probably already knew.


    In the stock iOS world, you do not have that much control. You'll need to either configure the settings within the App, or uninstall/reinstall it.

  • rogierlommers Level 1 Level 1

    The Facebook app is taking up to 200 megs on my iOS device. So it's only possible to clear that amount of space by removing the APP and re-install it?

  • Imakiel Level 1 Level 1

    You can use i-FunBox to clear cache for every apps:


    1- plug you iOS device

    2- select the app you want (example: facebook)

    3- Go on "Library" folder

    4- Delete the "Cache" folder



  • SuperKirby Level 1 Level 1

    Pinterest has done a bad job creating the app (cache wise). They did not put a cache limit therefore it never deletes any data whatsoever. As of now, you have to manually delete the app and reinstall it. My gf's phone had over 3 GBs!


    The new Google Maps (for example) on the other hand did a great job on their caching. They put the limit at 100 MBs. That way you can use GPS navigation and street view all over the world and it will never increase after 100 MBs! After it reaches 100 MBs, it just deletes the oldest cache files.

  • zuzullo Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem with iPhoto and iMovie.

    They are 100% EMPTY - Still they are taking GBs of space.

    Cant find a way to clear cache othern the delete the app and install again:

    Clear cache IOS.jpg

  • razorsupport Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, It's normal. It's the app's original size. The installer is just compressed and that's the size when they are uncompressed when installed. Wait, did you include Spotify? If you included spotify, try Imakiel's procedure in deleting cache.

  • razorsupport Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks. It worked.

  • Poop-n-scoop Level 1 Level 1

    This was a problem for myself... But if you sign out from the likes of Facebook and sign back in again, it should clear the documents and data at some point.

    This does work for me time to time, but seems to be the only way other than using a pc or deleting app to clear the cache.

  • pauweepyong Level 1 Level 1

    It worked!! Thank you for sharing:) cheers!

  • jojojona Level 1 Level 1

    Did you use the Ifunbox? Is that what worked for you?

  • pauweepyong Level 1 Level 1

    Yes. iFunBox worked for me.

  • simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1

    Can I jump in here?

    I have the same problem.

    Facebook has 90mb cached, but Real Racing 3 which is a 22mb app, has 1.3GB cached!!

    I hardly use the game, but don't want rid of it.


    How do I clear that large cache then?  If I uninstall it uninstalls and deletes all data so I use my way in the game.


    Dropbox is the same.  350mb of data and I don't see how to clear it.

    If I unlink, and then link again, does it then go to try to add my pics again?

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