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How to Clear Instagram Cache on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Published Feb 3, 2022

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

Are you noticing that your Instagram app is experiencing some slow loading times and errors? If so, it may be time to clear the Instagram cache on your iPhone. Clearing the cache from the Instagram app helps get rid of extra data stored by the app which can cause issues like memory buildup, excessive battery drain and sluggish performance. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to clear the Instagram cache on an iPhone in just a few easy steps. You'll need to know how to open up settings, delete an application and reinstall it if necessary. Once you understand these simple steps, you'll have your Instagram running smooth as ever again in no time!

how to clear instagram cache on iphone

Clearing the Instagram cache on an iPhone involves going to Settings, then General, followed by Storage & iCloud Usage and tapping Manage Storage. From there you can locate Instagram in the list of apps and tap it to delete its data. This will clear the cache for the application.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select General
  3. Scroll down and select Storage & iCloud Usage.
  4. Tap Manage Storage under Storage.
  5. (optional) Select Sort by size to show all the most utilized apps using your device’s storage space at the top of the list.
  6. Scroll down and select Instagram.
  7. Tap Delete App, then confirm in the popup window that appears.
Our takeaway

The steps outlined in this article can make it much easier to clear the Instagram cache on an iPhone and help prevent unwanted clutter from taking up too much space. Not only that, but this simple process can also help keep your device running more smoothly, enhance performance, and improve battery life. With the information provided here now at your disposal, you’re ready to go out there and clean up that pesky Instagram cache! So take a deep breath, follow these steps closely, and get ready for a clog-free experience when using the app on your iPhone.


What type of data does clearing the Instagram cache delete?

Clearing an Instagram app's cache deletes temporary files, images, and other data stored by the app on your device.

How often should I clear the Instagram app's cache?

The recommended frequency for clearing the Instagram app's cache is once a month.

Is there a way to stop Instagram from caching data in the future?

Yes, you can go into settings and turn off the 'Save Original Photos' option. This will prevent original images in your posts from being cached.

Does clearing the cache require me to log out of my account?

No, clearing your Instagram app's cache does not affect your account or require logging out.

Is there a difference between deleting an Instagram account and clearing the app's cached data?

Yes, deleting an Instagram account is permanent and will delete all associated posts, photos, and messages. Clearing the app’s cached data typically only deletes temporary files such as image thumbnails, search history, cookies and other website data.

This article was originally published on 3 Feb 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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