How to Clear Instagram Cache – {Android and iPhone}

As you scroll through your Instagram feed, viewed content (videos or images) is saved to the cache storage of the app. However, this cached data can cause Instagram to malfunction over time.

Aside from the Instagram app malfunctioning, your device may also begin to lag, or you may have difficulty installing new apps because of the space consumed by the cached data.

Caching is a technique that helps you access previously loaded content even without an internet connection. I'll advise you to clear the cache of your phone's most frequently used apps.

You don't have to fret because you won't lose any data, nor will you be logged out. Clearing the cache of – Instagram for Instance – will fetch a current app version.

In this article, I'll walk you through the simplest way to clear the cache on Instagram for your Android and iPhone devices.

How to Clear Instagram Cache on Android

Clearing the Instagram cache on your Android phone is as simple as clearing ABC. There are many ways to go about it, but I'll take the easy route because of newbies.

  1. Open the setting app.
  2. Find "App" or "Application" from the options and click on It
  3. You should see a list of apps installed on your device. You can tap on "Manage Apps" if only a few apps are listed.
  4. Scroll and find Instagram on the list of installed apps. Click on it when you find it to get the app info.
  5. Tap on storage and click on "Clear Cache."

This action will only delete the loaded contents saved to a fraction of your storage for easy access. It won't log you out, but you'll need data to reload those contents.

Additionally, the above steps may differ depending on the version of your Android phone, but this should get you to a reasonable stage, regardless of your device.

How to Clear Instagram Cache on iPhone

Now, I'll show iPhone users how to clear their Instagram cache without deleting the app. This may contradict what you've seen elsewhere, but those posts are outdated.

iOS now has a way for you to offload apps and get rid of the cached version. This method will save you the stress of signing back into your account.

Although it may depend on the iOS version that your iPhone is operating on, this worked perfectly for my iPhone 11 Pro.

  1. Open the settings app.
  2. Go to "General" and select "Storage" to view all apps on your iPhone and the space they consume
  3. Scroll and select Instagram from the list.
  4. Tap on "Offload App" to free up the app's storage.
  5. Now, go to the app store and reinstall Instagram. Your cache will be cleared, but your data will remain intact – your signed-in account.


If you don't have the Offload App option on your iPhone, you can delete and reinstall the app on your phone, but you'll lose your data and cache.

Here's how to go about it:

  • Search for the Instagram app from the search bar
  • Tap and hold on the app icon for some minutes to bring up options
  • Select "Remove App" from the options. Confirm the action by tapping "delete app" on any prompt.
  • Visit the Play Store and reinstall the app. You can now sign into your Instagram account.

This procedure should also help you clear the cache for your iPhone device.

Can you Clear Instagram Cache Without Deleting the App?

You don't need to uninstall or delete the Instagram app to clear the cached data. Go to your apps > select Instagram > storage and clear cache. iPhone users can use the Offload App button inside the storage settings

What Will I Lose if I Clear Instagram Cache?

When you clear your Instagram cache, you'll lose your activity history, e.g., search history, watched videos, and viewed images.

What does clearing the cache do?

Clearing the cache for your device or app aids in ensuring the stability of the device or app by wiping any activity that may cause glitches. Also, it'll help create enough storage by deleting cached files on the ROM.

How do I clear my Instagram cache 2023 on my iPhone?

To clear your Instagram cache in 2023 on your iPhone, open the settings app > go to storage and select the Instagram app from the list > tap "Offload app" to wipe off the cached data.

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