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    Default How to clear cached app data in iOS7?

    I just returned to iOS from a Nexus 4...and my return left me with one nagging question. Like android, is there an option in iOS that allows the user to clear cached data that some apps are storing? Particularly Instagram and Facebook, as these two seem to be stockpiling ridiculous amounts of data. Is it possible to clear caches on apps such as these without having to delete and reinstall them? I know some have the functionality baked into their code, such as Flipboard, but I'm wondering of its possible to do it on a system side level, maybe even from iTunes or something?
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    Not that I'm aware of unless the app has implemented a clear cache button.
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    Just as Karen stated.
    This is why I tend to leave 5-star reviews that implement a clear cache feature (Pocket, Echofon, Best Album Picasa photos manager, to name a few)
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    Quote Originally Posted by circlez View Post
    I just returned to iOS from a Nexus 4...and my return left me with one nagging question. Like android, is there an option in iOS that allows the user to clear cached data that some apps are storing? Particularly Instagram and Facebook, as these two seem to be stockpiling ridiculous amounts of data. Is it possible to clear caches on apps such as these without having to delete and reinstall them? I know some have the functionality baked into their code, such as Flipboard, but I'm wondering of its possible to do it on a system side level, maybe even from iTunes or something?
    No, there is no way to force a cache clear. There are jailbreak apps that did this, but you'll need a phone and iOS version that allows jail breaking.

    In theory, killing the app (double click button and swipe up in iOS 7) is supposed to also clear memory allocated to the app, but I wouldn't count on it.

    If you think you are running slow due to unreleased memory, try killing all apps and then doing a reset (hold down both the power and home buttons at the same time). This still isn't 100%, but should do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squeff View Post
    No, there is no way to force a cache clear. There are jailbreak apps that did this, but you'll need a phone and iOS version that allows jail breaking.

    In theory, killing the app (double click button and swipe up in iOS 7) is supposed to also clear memory allocated to the app, but I wouldn't count on it.

    If you think you are running slow due to unreleased memory, try killing all apps and then doing a reset (hold down both the power and home buttons at the same time). This still isn't 100%, but should do.
    Killing an app will clear the memory but not the cache. Cache would be something like data the app downloaded such as Facebook photos. It's not necessarily in memory. No way to get rid of it if the app doesn't allow for it.
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    Well if you use the Safari browser to view FB you can clear the history cookies and data from the browser settings


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    kill them with kindness :-)
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    my first post on an iphone forum

    hi, i understand your problem. you can force clear the cache using iFunbox for windows and mac. please google and search for the technique. another way is to leave it up to your iphone. somehow, the ios keeps cleaning cache periodically. last week, my facebook cache data was at 550mb plus and within three days it automatically came down to 50 mb.

    hit thanks if it helped
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    Quote Originally Posted by circlez View Post
    I just returned to iOS from a Nexus 4...and my return left me with one nagging question. Like android, is there an option in iOS that allows the user to clear cached data that some apps are storing? Particularly Instagram and Facebook, as these two seem to be stockpiling ridiculous amounts of data. Is it possible to clear caches on apps such as these without having to delete and reinstall them? I know some have the functionality baked into their code, such as Flipboard, but I'm wondering of its possible to do it on a system side level, maybe even from iTunes or something?
    IOS cleans the apps automatically when they build up so much . search for " ios7 cleaning under app ". Hope this helps james....
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    Quote Originally Posted by circlez View Post
    I just returned to iOS from a Nexus 4...and my return left me with one nagging question. Like android, is there an option in iOS that allows the user to clear cached data that some apps are storing? Particularly Instagram and Facebook, as these two seem to be stockpiling ridiculous amounts of data. Is it possible to clear caches on apps such as these without having to delete and reinstall them? I know some have the functionality baked into their code, such as Flipboard, but I'm wondering of its possible to do it on a system side level, maybe even from iTunes or something?
    Download CM Security from the app store. It works great and makes an ex-android user feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phlamethrowre View Post
    Download CM Security from the app store. It works great and makes an ex-android user feel better.
    Man, CM Security is really great! I clean up my cache with this app and reduced my Facebook usage from 424Mb to 114Mb.
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by phlamethrowre View Post
    Download CM Security from the app store. It works great and makes an ex-android user feel better.
    How does this compare to iCleaner for a jailbroke phone?
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    Hey Hey .... iPhone means $$$ and apple means businness. how can they force you to buy a 32 or 64 GB phone if you are able to simply clean the cache like in an unexpensive android phone?

    anyway, try phoneclean program 'imobie'.

    ;-)
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    The problem with CM Security is it clears cache from apps that need the cache to run properly and do what you expect it to do. I get the huge cache of Facebook though. Deleting the app does the same thing. As far as RAM memory, the iPhone does a good job of managing that. I wouldn't use CM Security for messing with RAM. Let the phone do that.


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    One of the reasons I like the App development using Objective C is that most of the junk is disposed off once you have used it. Yes, there is some data stored locally on the cache but once you force quit the app it should be released. If not right away, the iPhone will try to free up the space when it is running low on resources.
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    Thanks so much! Just used CM Security to clear out the junk. Now my eBay app doesn't freeze anymore. Since I use it for my business, I am truly grateful. Lisa
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    You cannot do this on an iOS device but there is an app called CM Security that does this and boosts your iPhone's memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SealyHubert View Post
    Moreover, you can try with this PhoneClean, it can help you Remove Junk Files & Clear Private Data on iPhone. including App Caches/Cookies/Temp files/Crash Logs, Photo Caches, Safari Cookies/Caches/History, and so on.

    youtube.com/watch?v=4ILHNHJvJkA
    Safari doesn't use cache. HTML 5 browsers don't have a cache. They have website data.

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