Apple’s iOS is a great operating system, and iPhones are famous for their reliability. After using iPhone (iPad or iPod Touch) for a reasonable amount of time and filling up its storage, I’m sure you would have seen an app change its name to “cleaning”. Imagine scrolling to the app you want to use, and it suddenly turns dark and starts “cleaning” itself; it must be irritating, right?

You’ll think about different questions like “what if all my data from that app gets deleted,” but after some time, You find the data to be there, when you open the app. So is the cleaning of apps on iPhones anything to be concerned about?

Don’t worry; we have the solution; we will explain why your iPhone (which happens on iPad or even iPod touch) randomly starts cleaning an app and how you can manually clean your iPhone.

Meaning of cleaning on an iPhone

Facebook cleaning

Facebook Cleaning

Cleaning here means deleting all the cache, local data, and temporary files. These files tend to make your device slower. For example, the cached data is the saved information like webpages, media, etc. These files are saved for faster loading of a webpage. To delete unwanted files and to make more storage available for smooth functioning of iPhone the iOS does Cleaning of Apps on iPhone. Sometimes due to cache, youtube also stops working. Here’s you can know how to fix Youtube on an iPhone.

We all have faced the problem of storage in our phones at some point in our lives. This apple feature automatically deletes unwanted files and makes a few hundred MB of storage available for users. While this few hundred MB of storage isn’t a lot, it’ll at least help your iPhone run smoothly or prevent messages like “Your iPhone storage is full.”

Managing the storage in iPhone.

Managing space on Iphone

Managing space on iPhone

With the introduction of a better camera and large apps, it’s common that your iPhone gets out of space quickly. You will also notice that your iPhone is frequently getting into cleaning mode; you can manage the storage via settings and ensure that your iPhone doesn’t have ample space.  To make storage available, you can remove streamed music or apps that are not needed, and if you wish to manage it, you can go to Settings> General> Device Storage. First, you’ll see which apps are taking up space; then, it’ll show you suggestions to manage device storage like Offloading apps or moving the photos to iCloud. From these options, you can select any choice according to your convenience.

How to manually clear the cache of Safari on iPhone?

Clearing Safari data

Clearing Safari Cache Data

Safari is the most significant source of cached and temporary data on any iPhone. It stores thousands of MBs of web pages, media, and texts which helps it load the web pages faster.

To clear the Safari cache on your iPhone, go to Settings> Safari and scroll down to “Clear History and Website Data.” Then select “Clear History and Website Data.”

Manually clear cache of any App on iPhone

Not every app on iPhone has the option to clear the cache. Some apps that use storage, mostly music apps, let you download the songs and clear the cache. Here’s our guide to download Songs from Spotify on your device. You can download your favorite songs and delete them whenever you’re running out of space.

How to manually clear cache of any app :

App cache

This is Soundcloud’s Cache

  1.  Go to the Settings icon on your iPhone.
  2.  Scroll to your preferred app.
  3.  Look for the “Clean database” or “Clear Cache” toggle and turn it on.

The above steps will delete all the cache files of an App.

iPhone is automatically cleaning the apps.

When Apple introduced iOS 11, they added a feature to offload apps. This feature helps you delete unwanted apps while keeping their data safe, and when you re-install the app, you can see all the data again. With the introduction of iOS 11, users got better options to optimize storage. So whenever an app gets deleted, its data is used to get deleted too. If this feature is turned on, your iPhone will automatically delete the apps you do not use, but you can install the app again and see the data.

How to stop iPhone from cleaning the Apps:

  •  Go to the Settings icon on your iPhone.
  •  Scroll down to the App Store and select it.
  •  Go to the bottom of the list and click on the “Offload Unused Apps” toggle and disable it.
off loading apps

Select this to Disable Offload Apps

This way, your iPhone will stop deleting the apps automatically.

Our suggestion would be to keep this feature turned off; you can permanently manually offload an app by going into Settings> General> iPhone Storage> [select the app]> Select the “Offload App” Option.

Apart from our solutions in this article, some other applications on the App store might provide an alternative option to clean your iPhone. Those third-party apps take up space, and they don’t have any special permission to handle the storage settings of your device. Sometimes those third party apps can be harmful in terms of security too. We highly suggest only optimizing storage via inbuilt settings of iPhone as suggested above.


Once you apply the above steps, you won’t see the option to free up the storage or cleaning on your iPhone for quite some time. However, if you still do, You can also delete old iMessage conversations, transfer data to PC or iCloud, or delete duplicate files on WhatsApp to free up the storage. As the iPhones these days are coming up with more storage, Apple has made minimum storage capacity to 128GB which is sufficient, unlike older iPhones that came with 16 GB of storage.