Why should you clear your Twitter cache?
A Twitter app’s cache is a temporary storage for data collected when you watch videos or read posts on Twitter. The app stores video, image, and user profile data in its cache so it wouldn’t need to download the same data every time you use Twitter. As a result, the cache lets you watch a limited amount of content while you’re offline. It can also load the posts you’ve already seen faster than the new ones.
The cache collects data every time you scroll Twitter and, by doing so, accumulates a large pool of data. When the cache takes up too much space, it can lead Twitter to display old information and make the app sluggish and constantly crash. You can easily fix this issue by clearing your Twitter cache. Regularly clearing the cache can optimize app performance and leave more storage space on your device. Moreover, once the cache is cleared, Twitter will start to collect fresh data from your new visits to the app, providing you with a more current feed.
How to clear the Twitter cache on an iPhone
Due to Twitter app developments, it’s no longer possible to directly clear its cache from the app on your iPhone. However, you can work around this issue by clearing your media storage by following these steps:
- Tap the Twitter app icon on your iPhone menu.
- When the app opens, find your profile picture in the top left corner and tap on it.
- Choose “Settings and support” and tap “Settings and privacy” from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down and tap “Accessibility, display, and languages.”
- Navigate to “Data usage” and tap on it.
- Find the “Storage” tab at the bottom of the page and tap “Media storage.”
- Tap “Clear media storage.” To confirm this action, you’ll have to tap “Clear media storage” again, which will now appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Afterward, you’ll be redirected to the “Data usage” tab, where you should select the “Web storage” option.
- You can choose from “Clear web page storage” or “Clear all web storage.” The first option will delete only the cache and keep you logged in, whereas “Clear all web storage” will delete the cache with all the cookies and log you out of Twitter. Choose the option most suitable for you.
- Whichever option you choose, you’ll have to tap twice on it to confirm, just like with clearing the media storage.
If you’d like your Twitter to accumulate less cache, you should also consider enabling a data saver on your iPhone. Using this feature, your phone will collect less of Twitter’s network data and save more space in your iPhone storage. However, more storage will come at the cost of Twitter loading lower-quality images and disabling automatic video autoplay.
You can follow these steps to set the data saver for Twitter on your iOS device:
- Open the Twitter app on your iPhone.
- Tap your profile picture on the top left corner of the screen.
- Choose “Settings and support” from the drop-down menu and tap “Settings and privacy.”
- Tap “Accessibility, display, and languages.”
- Navigate to “Data usage” and tap it.
- Turn on the “Data saver” toggle.
How to clear the Twitter cache on Android
Clearing the cache from Android is more straightforward because Android’s operating system allows doing it directly.
You can follow these steps to clear the cache from your Android device:
- Long tap the Twitter icon on your phone’s home screen and select “App info.”
- Scroll down to find “Storage” or “Storage usage” and tap it.
- Tap “Clear cache.”
- Afterward you’ll see that the cache line shows 0B.
More tips on clearing the cache on your devices
Twitter is only one of the many apps that collect a cache. To keep your devices in a pristine state and maintain their optimal performance, consider clearing the cache from all the apps you use frequently whenever they allow you to do so. However, keep in mind that after clearing the cache, the apps may act a little sluggish as it takes longer for them to load new files.
You also shouldn’t forget to clear the cache from your browser. Whenever you visit a website, your browser collects a new cache so it can load websites you’ve visited before quicker in the future. However, when your browser collects too much cache, it may become slow and unresponsive. It’s important to regularly clear the cache from your browser to ensure its optimal functioning.
In fact, we have prepared an easy guide on how to clear the cache from your browser. These instructions will also be helpful for clearing your Twitter cache from your PC if that’s the device you follow the news on.
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