Website data screen

Whenever you visit a website on an iPhone or iPad, snippets of data are saved to your device. Cookies and other cached data eventually start to take up significant space, so you may want to clean them out. Here’s how.

Periodically clearing the data that iOS stores can be a good idea for a number of reasons. Beyond the fact that collectively these websites store quite a bit of data on your devices, that data can be used to track your visits, too. Websites save cookies to your devices to be able to tell when you visit again, and even though that can be beneficial to keep you logged in and save preferences, not everyone likes it.

If you want to make sure that websites can’t keep tabs on you, you might also want to make sure you delete the information they save to your device. If you’re short on space, you might just want to clear out of all cruft, too.

How to See and then Remove Data

To get started, open the Settings app. Next, tap “Safari.”

Open Settings and tap Safari

Now, scroll to the very bottom of the screen and tap “Advanced.”

Tap Advanced

Next, tap “Website Data” at the top of the screen.

Tap Website Data

The next screen displays the websites that are using the most data. If you want to see them all, tap “Show All Sites.” To delete all of the data for all websites, tap “Remove All Website Data.”

Tap Show All Sites or Remove All Website Data

However, if you’d prefer to remove data for only one website, swipe it to the left and then tap the “Delete” button that appears.

Swipe left on an item and tap delete

Even though iOS may delete some of this data during its normal housekeeping activities when it detects a device is running low on storage space, it’s always a good idea to keep tabs on the data that is saved to your iPhone or iPad. This is one way to do exactly that, and we think you’ll be surprised at how quickly the total amount of data starts to balloon.

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Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password's blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple.
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