Is there any way to get any iOS app to clean up its cache etc? I heard there's a new 'cleaning' feature in iOS 5 where apps do that automatically. But I haven't seen any of my apps do that. I really need Facebook to clean itself up because it's taking up a lot of space. Is there any way to initiate an app clean up?

When I go to Settings > General > Usage, Facebook is listed as using 182 MB even though the app itself is only 10 MB.

  • What indication do you have that the Facebook application is taking up a lot of space?
    – bneely
    Feb 2, 2012 at 23:01
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    Settings > General > Usage shows Facebook using up 182mb while the actual app is just 10mb. Thats because of the cache, isnt it? Not only facebook, I have other apps that take up 100mb+ space. Feb 3, 2012 at 8:53
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    I don't believe there is a way to do it without jailbreaking.
    – Tuesday
    Feb 4, 2012 at 21:51
  • Is another app complaining about too little space?
    – mmmmmm
    Mar 18, 2013 at 0:24

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I believe there is no way for a end-user to do this. All iOS apps will have Application_Home/Documents, Application_Home/Library, Application_Cache folders. All the files stored in these folders should be managed by application itself. So, it's true that you can't do this without jail breaking.


You could delete the Facebook app and then reinstall it. When you delete an app like Facebook, there's a little warning saying that deleting this app "will also delete all of its data", which is exactly what you want.

I just tried this on my iPhone - deleting the Facebook app and reinstalling it made its usage go from 47 MB to 16 MB. This is only a temporary solution of course, since as you use Facebook it'll cache images etc. to speed up your browsing, so it'll start using more space again.


It is definitely possible to access app sandboxes via an AFC client such as iFunBox or iPhone Explorer.

To emulate the criticized aggressive cleaning of iOS 5.0 you would empty the […]/Library/Caches/ and […]/tmp/ directories of the involved app(s), but due to the manual access involved one can perform a finer-grained selection.

The PhoneClean app also performs fully automatic or app selective cache cleaning.


Had the same problem.. Went into my FB settings, and went into apps and deleted a lot of the ones I don't use. From 3gb storage down to 300mb. Go into the settings from your iPhone. Now to figure out how to do it on twitter

  • This is far more difficult if you refuse to upgrade apps like Facebook and their insidious invasion of privacy issues in the more recent apps. I am using a 3+ year-old version of the fb app and it now sits at 20g of storage ;(
    – drew..
    Feb 8, 2017 at 16:49

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