How To delete web data from your iPhone or iPad

As with any web browser, Safari on your iPhone or iPad stores information from websites that you visit.  This can be cached information, cookies and other tidbits that make the loading of that page faster.  But the trade off is that this data consumes storage on your device.  That may not be a big deal if you are carrying around a 64GB iPhone or iPad but for those carrying around the smaller 16GB units, storage space can become a precious commodity.

With iOS 5, Apple provided a way for you to selectively delete website information for specific sites.  The ability to clear all cookies and cache has been there since the beginning but this site-by-site ability to delete gives you far more control.  Unlike some of the How To’s that I’ve covered these past few weeks, the settings for deleting individual website data is a bit more buried but I’ll show you where the settings are on your iPhone or iPad.

As always, start in Settings on your iPhone or iPad (the steps are exactly the same) and go to the Safari settings.  Scroll

Safari Settings

Safari Settings

down to the very bottom of the page and you will see an Advance button.  Tap that button to bring up the Advanced settings for Safari.

At the top of the Advanced settings page you will see a Website Data button.  Tap that and you will see all of the sites and the amount of storage space that each site’s data is consuming on your device.

At this point you can scroll up or down the list and see what sites have stored information on your device but you still cannot actually do anything with it.  Consider this a “read only” view.  Note at the top you have an “Edit” button.  Tap that and the display changes to show a delete icon by each site.  To delete data from a particular site just tap the delete icon then the red Delete button when it is displayed.  Now that data is gone off your device.

Deleting website data on an iPhone

Deleting website data on an iPhone

So what do you do if you have multiple sites you want to delete?  There are a couple of options for you.  First, you can go through and delete each individual site one-by-one.  For less than half-a-dozen, this is probably the most efficient way of doing it.  If however you have a dozen sites, it may be faster to scroll to the bottom of the Website Data page and tap the “Remove All Website Data”.  This isn’t quite the nuclear option – that’s the “Clear Cookies and Data” option in Safari settings – but this is for sure the MOAB option.