Your iOS might be powerful but it gets clogged with unwanted data from time to time. Junk files and temporary files slow down your iPhone other than just occupying storage space. Your iOS may not need as much attention as Mac OS or Windows but some maintenance is needed to run at optimum speed. Here is how to delete junk files, unwanted cache and data and other memory hogs, and get your iPhone running faster.
- Delete the safari cache
The Safari browser keeps some data on all the WebPages you have opened, including some cached images, passwords and logins. Clearing this cache will log you out of all the websites you had signed into. To clear the safari cache:
1. Go to Settings> Safari
2. Scroll down and tap the “Clear history and Website Data” button.
3. Tap the “Clear History and Data” button
- Remove file data
Apps usually store data. This data can be cleaning from the “Usage” options in your settings.
1. Go to Setting > General> Storage & iCloud Usage
2. Select Manage Storage.
3. Tap on the app consuming a lot of storage
4. If its documents and data is over 500MB, it will be worthwhile to delete it to clear this space.
5. Click on Delete to remove the app and its data, and then go to App Store to download it again.
- Using PhoneClean to clean iOS junk
PhoneClean is a desktop application developed by iMobile. Use this app to remove junk files from your iOS device.
1. Plug in your cable to your Mac PC via the USB cable
2. On the PhoneClean application, click Scan and wait for the scan to complete.
3. Click Clean to wipe out the junk
Some extra features e.g. cleaning photo caches will cost you an extra $19.99 yearly on the pro version.
- Using iMyFone Umate to clean iOS junk
iMyFone Umate is a desktop app available for both Mac and Windows.
1. Using your USB, connect your phone to you PC.
2. From the Home tab of iMyFone Umate app, click on Scan.
3. Clear the resulting Temporary and Junk files (can be as much as 4GB)
4. iMyFone Umate also gives you the option of deleting large files (e.g. videos/movies) and apps that use a lot of space.
There is a free iMyFone Umate available. The paid version that has more advanced features will cost you $19.95.
- Recovering your iOS memory (RAM)
iOS is set to manage your memory effectively. Background apps are not allowed a lot of memory, but sometimes you might note a lag in your device. The old “have you restarted it” always works in fixing memory issues. Restarting clears all the memory and the app you want to use will get more space to load into. To restart you iPhone:
1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button till “slide to power off” appears on your screen.
2. Slide the switch on the screen to turn off the iPhone
3. After the iPhone has fully shut down, press the sleep/wake button to start it up.
Doing all this regularly will keep your phone running optimally especially in old iOS models.