How to Clear Safari Cache on Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Sarahi Johns
Last updated: Feb 18, 2022

Summary: From this blog post, you will learn how to clear the cache in Safari on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Overload Safari cache files will not only take up a lot of your valuable storage space but may also degrade the performance of your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. If you want to free up some storage space and make your system run faster, clearing the Safari caches may be a good way. In this blog, we will introduce to you in detail what Safari's caches are, when you should clear them, and how to clear them on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

How to Clear Safari Cache on Mac/iPhone/iPad

What is Cache?

Simply put, a cache is a copy of the requested web resource. It includes Html pages, js, images, data, etc. When you revisit a website, the cache stored in Safari will decide whether to use that copy in response to your access request or send the request to the original page. Generally, if the page is not updated, the cache is used directly.

Cached files reduce the pressure on the server and speed up the opening process of a site. Since they are so important, is it safe to delete them? Keep reading.

When Should You Clear Safari Cache?

It's safe to remove Safari caches. However, we do not recommend that you delete them unless you encounter the problems below. Because when you delete the cache files of Safari, you will find that the web page opens slower than before when you revisit it. 

  • Insufficient Storage Space

    The cache files are stored in your hard drive. The more websites you visit, the more storage space they occupy. Cleaning them can help you free up some storage space and boost your device performance.

  • Error Occurred on the Page

    From time to time, we may encounter errors on the page. Deleting the Safari cache can help correct these problems.

  • Protect Your Privacy

    Privacy issues have always been a concern. Malware and ads can get some information about you through the websites you visit. If you don't want to be tracked, clearing the cache in Safari can help you protect your privacy efficiently.

How to Clear Safari Cache on Mac

Method 1:

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Click the Safari menu> Preferences> Privacy tab.
    Clear Safari Caches in Privacy
  3. Click the Manage Website Data button, and you will see a list of websites you have visited.
    Remove All Caches
  4. Click the Remove All button, confirm the pop-up window, and all data related to these websites will be deleted.

Method 2:

  1. Launch Safari browser.
  2. Click the Safari menu > Preferences > Advanced.
    Show Develop Option in Safari's Menu
  3. Check the box Show Develop menu in the menu bar.
  4. Click on Develop and select Empty Cache from the drop-down menu.
If you want to move all the history of Safari, click History in the Safari menu and select Clear History from the drop-down menu.

Method 3:

Another quick and easy way to clear Safari cache is to use BuhoCleaner. This handy cache cleaner allows you to quickly delete all cached files from your system, applications, and popular browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

  1. Download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac.
  2. Launch it and click the Scan button in the right column.
  3. Click the View Details button to open the detailed results list.
  4. Click Browser Cache, check the box next to Safari, and then click the Remove button.
Quickly Clear Cache in Safari

How to Clear Safari Cache on iPhone and iPad

Please note that the following clearing steps will clean up all history, cookies, and website data from Safari on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe down the screen and find Safari.
  3. Open it, scroll down your screen and select Clear History and Website Data.
How to Clear Safari Cache on iPhone and iPad


That's all about how to clear the cache of the Safari browser on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. You may benefit a lot from removing the cache files of the Safari browser, but at the same time, when you visit the same website next time, you have to accept the fact that the website opens slower than before. So only clear them when needed.