How to clear your Instagram cache and free up space on your phone

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How you clear your Instagram cache will depend on what phone you have. Morsa Images/Getty Images

Any app that shows images likely has a cache. The cache stores data about the pictures so they can load faster in the future.

So as you might expect, Instagram’s cache can grow incredibly large over time. And if your phone is running low on space, this can make Instagram a data hog.

Luckily, you can clear Instagram’s cache on both iPhone and Android. Here’s how.

How to clear Instagram’s cache on an iPhone

The only way to clear the Instagram cache on an iPhone is to delete and reinstall the app.

1. Find the Instagram app icon on your Home screen or in the App Library.

2. Tap and hold your finger on the Instagram icon until a menu appears, or all the apps start to jiggle.

3. Tap Remove App, or the minus sign at the top-left corner of the icon.

An iPhone's Home screen, with the Instagram app selected and the Remove App option highlighted.
Remove the app from your iPhone. William Antonelli/Insider

4. Confirm that you want to delete the app.

You can then reinstall Instagram for free from the App Store and log back into your account.

How to clear Instagram’s cache on an Android

On an Android phone, you don’t need to delete the Instagram app, or even log out of your account. The Settings app has a built-in way to clear the cache.

1. Open the Settings app and tap Storage.

The Settings menu on an Android phone. The Storage option is highlighted.
Open the Storage menu. William Antonelli/Insider

2. Select Other Apps, and then find Instagram in the list of apps and tap it.

A list of apps on an Android. Instagram is highlighted.
Your apps will be sorted by how much space they take up. William Antonelli/Insider

3. Tap the Clear Cache option.

You should see the Clear Cache button gray out, and the Cache section underneath Space Used drop to 0 B.

Two images side-by-side. The left image shows the Instagram app info page on an Android, with the 'Clear Cache' and 'Cache' options highlighted. The right image shows the same page after the cache has been cleared, with the 'Clear Cache' option grayed out and the number next to 'Cache' reduced to 0.
Clear Instagram’s cache data. William Antonelli/Insider

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