How to clear cache on Instagram for Android and iOS

Facebook’s social network Instagram is a known data hoarder and its cached files will take a lot of your storage space. The same goes for Facebook. And, to be honest, there’s no dire need for it. This means that you’ll probably want, from time to time, to clear the cache on Instagram.

Both depend on the internet connection so caching all accessed images and posts is not a major advantage. True, timelines will load slightly faster but we feel this is not justified. Most of the features are cloud-based and storing so much data locally is, honestly, outrageous. Even in the modern era where 64 GB storage is the lowest standard for the majority of devices. So, today we’ll talk about ways to lower Instagram monstrous storage consumption by clearing the local cache.

Table of contents:

  1. Clear Instagram cache on Android
  2. How to clear the Instagram cache on iOS

How do I clear my Instagram cache on iOS or Android?

1. Clear Instagram cache on Android

Now, clearing cache is not the same as clearing data. Clearing cache is always recommended and you should do it often. Clearing data, on the other hand, will reset your app completely so you’ll need to sign in again.

So how do you clear data on Instagram for Android? Firstly, make sure that you know your log-in credentials. Clearing data will reset the app and you’ll be prompted to sign in again. Also, if you downloaded some images or videos from Instagram, make sure to save them. This action deletes them, as well. Other than that, it’s a rather simple task.

Here’s how to clear cache and data from Instagram for Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications. Or just Apps on many Android skins.
  3. Expand All apps.
  4. Open Instagram from the list of available apps.
  5. Tap Storage & cache.
  6. Tap Clear cache.
  7. Alternatively, tap Clear data to clear all data. Sign into Instagram again.

2. How to clear the Instagram cache and browsing history on iOS

IOS doesn’t allow for clearing data in the same manner as you can do on Android. There’s an option to Offload the app (delete some storage data taken by it) while keeping all documents and files.

Here’s how to offload Instagram on iOS:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. Locate Instagram and tap Offload App.

However, by deleting and reinstalling the app, you’ll get the same results as clearing data on Android. You’ll just need to disable the iCloud backup to avoid restoring the app. Here’s how to clear the cache on Instagram for iOS (reinstall the app):

  1. Long tap on the Instagram home screen shortcut and tap Remove app.
  2. Tap Delete app.
  3. Restart your device.
  4. Go to Settings > Profile > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups and select your latest backup.
  5. Toggle Instagram off.
  6. Navigate to App Store and install Instagram again.

If you navigate to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, you’ll see that the app is taking less storage space.

That’s it. Thank you for reading and make sure to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below.

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January 8, 2022 4:30 pm

very helpful article.