How To: Clean out your iPhone’s mem­ory

Lucy Hat­ter­s­ley shows how to re­move un­wanted junk from iPhone and give your hand­set a speed boost

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The iPhone and iPad are pretty user-friendly de­vices, but iOS still gets clogged up over time with un­wanted file and mem­ory hogs. This can slow your iPhone down. In this ar­ti­cle, we’re go­ing to look at how to clean iOS junk files and get the iPhone to run a lit­tle faster.

Giving your iPhone (or iPad) a spring clean and re­mov­ing un­wanted files will im­prove its per­for­mance: espe­cially if it is an older model. But spring-clean­ing also helps you get more out of iOS by en­abling you to fo­cus on the things you do need

and use. Ap­ple iOS de­vices may not need the same level of main­te­nance as Mac OS X), but they still need some at­ten­tion to run at op­ti­mum speed.

Delete the Sa­fari cache

We’re go­ing to start by clean­ing out the caches on our iPhone. Note that this will mean you’re logged out of any web­sites you’ve signed into, though. Fol­low these steps to clear out the Sa­fari cache:

Press Set­tings > Sa­fari. Scroll down and tap Clear His­tory and Web­site Data.

Tap Clear His­tory and Data.

Re­move file data

Data stored by other apps can be cleaned us­ing the Us­age op­tion in set­tings. Fol­low these steps to clean out un­wanted data from iOS:

Tap Set­tings > Gen­eral > Stor­age & iCloud Us­age. Tap Man­age Stor­age.

Tap an item in Doc­u­ments and Data. Slide un­wanted items to the left and tap Delete.

Tap Edit > Delete All to re­move all the app’s data.

Clean iOS junk us­ing PhoneClean

PhoneClean (imo­ can be used to re­move junk files from iOS. Fol­low these steps:

At­tach the iPhone to your Mac us­ing the USB cable.

Open Phone Clean and click Scan.

Once the scan is com­plete, click Clean.

Some PhoneClean fea­tures are only avail­able in the Pro ver­sion, in­clud­ing Photo Caches, which costs from $19.99 per year.

Clean iOS junk us­ing iMyFone Umate

Much like PhoneClean by iMo­bie, iMyFone Umate for Win­dows and Mac can be used to re­move tem­po­rary and junk files from your iOS de­vice quickly and eas­ily.

Con­nect your iPhone to your PC or Mac us­ing the sup­plied Light­ning cable.

Open iMyFone Umate and click Scan on the Home tab.

Clear Junk files and Tem­po­rary files to clear up a lot of space on your iPhone. You can also clear out any large files (videos, and so on) and see, at a glance, apps that take up a

lot of space on your iOS de­vice. These can also be deleted easy us­ing iMyFone Umate.

There’s a free ver­sion of iMyFone Umate ( avail­able for Win­dows and Mac along with a paid ver­sion which sets you back $19.99 (around £15), al­low­ing ac­cess to the more ad­vanced fea­tures of the app.

Re­cover mem­ory

Ap­ple iOS should man­age your mem­ory ef­fec­tively. And apps that are run­ning in the back­ground should not take up mem­ory. Hav­ing said that, we do find that restart­ing an iPhone clears all the mem­ory and en­sures that the apps we need have enough to use. Here is how to restart your iPhone:

Hold down the Sleep/Wake but­ton un­til ‘slide to power off ’ ap­pears.

Slide the power off switch and turn off the iPhone. Wait un­til it has fully pow­ered down then press the Sleep/Wake but­ton to turn on the iPhone.

Do­ing this on a reg­u­lar ba­sis used to be vi­tal on an iPhone, and it’s still use­ful on older mod­els.

Clear iOS files and mem­ory us­ing Bat­tery Doc­tor

There are sev­eral apps on the App Store that en­able you to clean out junk files. One pop­u­lar op­tion is Bat­tery Doc­tor (, which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about your bat­tery but also clears out junk files. Fol­low these steps:

Open Bat­tery Doc­tor and se­lect the Junk tab.

Tap Clean Up Cache, then Clean.

Wait for Bat­tery Doc­tor to scan your files. Tap Mem­ory and then Boost.

Bat­tery Doc­tor will show you how much mem­ory has been re­leased.

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