The Complete Guide to Clearing Facebook Cache on Your iPhone

Is your Facebook app slowing down your iPhone? Taking up valuable storage space? Don‘t worry – clearing the cache can give your Facebook app and phone a major speed boost.

As a tech specialist and iPhone user myself, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through different methods to clear Facebook cache on your iPhone. You‘ll learn exactly why clearing the cache improves performance, when you should do it, and how to prevent cache buildup.

Why You Should Clear Cache on the Facebook App

The Facebook app on your iPhone stores cached data from images, videos, and content in temporary files. Over time, this cache can accumulate and cause:

  • Slow loading times
  • Frequent freezing or crashing
  • Rapid battery drain
  • Storage space taken up
  • Laggy scrolling
  • Overheating

Clearing this cache removes unnecessary temporary files and gives your iPhone and Facebook app a fresh start. In my experience, clearing the cache typically frees up 1-2 GBs of storage space too!

Here are some of the main files that comprise the Facebook cache:

  • Images and videos from your News Feed
  • HTML pages
  • Log-in cookies
  • Location data
  • Cached media

Deleting these temporary files helps the Facebook app run smoother and minimizes issues. Your personal content will never be deleted.

Step-by-Step Guide to Clearing Cache on iPhone

There are a couple ways to clear the Facebook cache on your iPhone. I‘ll walk you through how to do it in the Facebook app itself or by deleting/reinstalling the app.

Method 1: Clear Cache Within the Facebook App

  1. Open up the Facebook app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the three-line "hamburger" menu button in the bottom right corner.
  3. Select "Settings & Privacy" from the menu.
  4. Choose "Settings."
  5. Scroll down and tap on "Storage and Data Usage."
  6. Hit the blue "Clear Storage" button.
  7. Confirm by selecting "OK" on the pop-up message.

And that‘s it! The app will clear all cached files, giving you more free space and improved performance.

Method 2: Delete and Reinstall the Facebook App

  1. Press and hold your finger on the Facebook app icon until all the apps start shaking.
  2. Tap the small "x" that appears on the top left corner of the Facebook app icon.
  3. Confirm you want to delete the app by tapping "Delete."
  4. Open up the App Store on your iPhone.
  5. Search for "Facebook" in the App Store search bar.
  6. Tap "Get" to redownload and install Facebook.

By fully deleting Facebook and reinstalling, all the cached data is completely erased. This is like a clean slate. You may need to log back in.

When Should You Clear the Cache?

Watch for these signs that it‘s time to clear your Facebook cache:

  • App takes a long time to load content
  • Crashes or freezes frequently
  • Quickly drains battery when app is open
  • Storage space running low on your iPhone
  • Scrolling lag and performance issues

I recommend clearing the Facebook cache on your iPhone about once a month to keep performance optimal. Of course, clear immediately if you notice the above issues.

Troubleshooting Tips

In some cases, clearing the cache may not fully resolve app issues you’re experiencing. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Force quit and restart the Facebook app
  • Update to the latest version of the app
  • Reset all settings on your iPhone
  • Delete and reinstall the app
  • Contact Facebook support

Preventing Cache Buildup

Here are my top tips to stop cache from quickly building up again:

  • Close the Facebook app when you‘re not using it
  • Limit background app refresh in your iPhone settings
  • Disable auto-play for videos
  • Clear cache regularly each month
  • Avoid caching-heavy actions like sharing many photos


Slow Facebook app bringing you down? Give it new life by clearing the cache using this easy step-by-step guide. Your iPhone will have more available storage and your Facebook app will run faster than ever. Let me know if you have any other questions!