[2020] A Complete Guide to Clear Instagram Cache on iPhone

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Every app on iPhone will always keep track of your data or create cache files. Especially for the social apps like Instagram. This kind of apps will keep the cached pictures and videos and even the persoanal information.

The truth remains that these caches are harmful because they eat up a lot of space, causing your iPhone to become sluggish. This is the reason why it is important to clear Instagram caches on iPhone, as it helps save a lot of space on your device and ensure your device perform optimally.

Part 1. Check How Much Space Instaram Is Using

It’s very simple to see how much space your Instagram is taking up on your device. Just follow the steps below:

  • Step 1. Open the Settings app.
  • Step 2. Go to General > Usage (wait until all the sizes of the apps load)
  • Step 3. The total storage used by Instagram will be listed.

check instagram cahce files size

Part 2. Three Ways on How to Clear Cache on Instagram

Clearing cache files on the iPhone is not a difficult thing. This part will introduce 3 ways on how to delete cached files on iPhone Instagram, including on the way of using professional iPhone data eraser to permanently remove the caches along with the personal data and two ways of deleting files on the iPhone directly. But the later 2 ways need you to operate manually and there is a possibility that you cannot clear it completely. Now, let's move on to find them.

Way 1. How to Clear Instagram Caches on iPhone Permanently without Uninstalling the App

  • Difficulty Level: Very low
  • Instagram Uninstallation Necessary: No
  • Recommendation Level:

Some may know that delete the Instagram app and reinstall them can also remove the cached files away, But with the instant running of the app, the cache files will be created without interruption. So, uninstalling the app every time to realize the aim is not a good choice. Here we are going to learn how to clear Instagram cache files easily with a tool named iMyFone Umate Pro.

This is an iPhone data erasing program aimed to get more space and boost your iPhone's performance. It helps you clear hidden caches of all App (iPhone Instagram caches included) on iPhone for free. We can check its features and the steps-guide below.

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  • 1-Click Cleanup without Instagram Uninstallation: Clear Instagram junk files, caches, cookies, temp files and corrupted files with just one click. It is for free trial.
  • Completely Erase Instagram Fragments: Erases the incomplete leftover of third-party Apps, like Snapchat, Instagram, FaceBook, Skype, LINE etc.
  • Erase Deleted Data: Permanently erase manually deleted data – messages, call logs, photos, videos, contacts, etc. without recovery.
  • Erase Private Files: Completely erase App private data, no chance of recovery.

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If you still have questions about Umate Pro, here is the most direct way for you to understand how does it clear Instagram caches on iPhone.

3 Steps to Completely Clear Instagram Caches

Step 1: Run the program and connect your iPhone.

connect iphone

Step 2: Select the “1-Click Free Up Space” mode, then click on “Quick Scan” button.

scan iphone

Step 3: After scan finished, click on “Clean” to clear junk files and temporary files on your iPhone. And all App caches, including Instagram Caches, will be removed.

clear instagram cache

Note: If you want to completely erase fragments of files on Instagram, you can choose the "Erase Private Fragments" from the left-side menu.

Way 2. Clear iPhone Instagram Caches by Uninstalling and Reinstalling

  • Difficulty Level: Low
  • Instagram Uninstallation Necessary: Yes
  • Recommendation Level:

There is a quick way to clear these Instagram caches on your iPhone, that is uninstalling and re-installing Instagram on your settings.

  1. Open Settings App first.
  2. Then go to General > iPhone Storage > Scroll down to find the Instagram APP.
  3. Now, you can see the app's adata and the option to "Delete App".
  4. Just confirm to delete the app and then you will get the cached files deleted.

This is a simple process, perhaps a lazy man’s way of solving the problem, but the truth is that it comes with so many disadvantages on the long run which is not sustainable.

clear instagram cache by deleting app

Way 3. The Built-in Way to Delete Caches By Clearing Search History

  • Difficulty Level: Medium
  • Instagram Uninstallation Necessary: No
  • Recommendation Level:

Why we don't recommend this way? Because it is not effective in deleting all the caches of Instagram. These cached search histories not equal to cached data like pictures and videos from Instagram. So, the above 2 ways ae recommended if you want to truly clear iPhone Instagram caches.

Though there is no built-in function to clean Instagram cache on iPhone, you can manually do it, which will delete cache of Instagram history. There are 2 ways to make it.

(1) Clear Instagram Search History from Settings

  • Step 1: Launch Instagram app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Click on the Profile icon at the bottom.
  • Step 3: Now click on Settings icon at the top right corner.
  • Step 4: Find the "Clear Search History" and click on it.
  • Step 5: Tap "Yes, I'm sure" to confirm.

clean iPhone instagram cache

All your Instagram search history on your iPhone will be deleted.

(2) Clear Instagram Search History from Search Page

  • Step 1: Open Instagram on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tap on Search icon at the bottom.
  • Step 3: Tap on the Search bar and all the recent search histories will be listed under.
  • Step 4: Hit "Clear" button beside "SEARCH HISTORY". And all the histories will be removed.

clear instagram search history

Part 3. Bonus Tips to Erase App Hidden Data & Protect Privacy

Not only the app caches, there are many hidden files and ignored app fragments can contains your personal information. Although you think you've deleted them before, they do exist and require some third-party tools to permanently delete them. There's no doubt that erasing this data is a great way to protect your privacy and improve your iPhone's storage.

The above mentioned tool iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Eraser has the ability to permanently erase data with 0% recovery rate. By doing this, your personal information and privacy is protected even if you end up selling the device or giving it away.

I suggest you can freely scan how much deleted iPhone files or fragments of your third-party apps to experience how wonderful the tool is.

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