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The Economist
Dec 10, 2012, 03:15 PM
I recently ran out of space on my 16 GB 3rd generation iPad and when I looked at what I could delete I discovered the official Twitter app was using 1 full GB of my precious storage!

I found out there's no way of deleting the app's "cache", so I deleted it and reinstalled it. The app seems to weigh 16 MB after a fresh install and to my surprise after two or three days of usage it now weighs 76 MB!

Does anyone know what the hell is that app storing, how can I avoid that behaviour or how can I delete whatever it is storing?

I haven't found anything about this after a quick googling.



Jessica Lares
Dec 10, 2012, 03:27 PM
It's all the pictures and maybe cached versions of links people are posting most likely. You might consider using another app like Echofon.

SnowLeopard OSX
Dec 10, 2012, 04:32 PM
Browse the internet anonymously/incognito to avoid cache build up. Otherwise, periodically clear your cache to avoid that in the future.

The Economist
Dec 22, 2012, 04:01 PM
It's all the pictures and maybe cached versions of links people are posting most likely. You might consider using another app like Echofon.

Thanks, I'll give Ecohofon a try.

pandabunny
Dec 22, 2012, 09:03 PM
Otherwise, periodically clear your cache to avoid that in the future.

And how do you clear the cache of the twitter app?

maxosx
Dec 22, 2012, 09:14 PM
Thanks, I'll give Ecohofon a try.

I use Ecohofon on my MBP. I checked my Twitter "build up" and it's just over 12 GB. But it's no big deal, I've got 42% disc space remaining. I can always clear the cache & other temp files anytime. Since the SSD is so fast there's no hit to the speed.

HazyCloud
Dec 22, 2012, 10:17 PM
I use Tweetbot regularly and its cache is only 401 MB (including the app itself). I highly suggest it as a Twitter client. It's the best app on the store for Twitter.

The Economist
Dec 23, 2012, 02:04 PM
I did some research. Apparently all iOS apps store some sort of cache, I thought it was some sort of app–specific thing, but this is widespread. It, iOS, supposedly cleans the cache from time to time, automatically.

Some of my apps store data over 10 times the app's size. I personally find this ridiculous. What in the world are all these apps storing?

On one hand, some apps store a couple of KB of data. Netflix weighs 31.3 MB and it's storing 25.7 MB. And on the other hand, some apps store hundreds of MB's of data that you probably don't need there. Flipboard, Twitter, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNN, all of these apps were storing hundreds of MB's.