Twitter for iOS Gains New Option for Clearing Cache

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Twitter app for iOS devices was today updated to version 6.73.1, adding a small but important feature that allows users to have more control over the amount of storage space Twitter uses on an iPhone or iPad.

    A new storage setting lets users see how much storage space Twitter is using for cached images and web content, and it offers an option for clearing stored data. Users can choose to clear Media storage or Web storage independently. Some Twitter users appear to have a dedicated "Storage" section, while others are seeing the information listed under "Data usage," so it's not clear what the final storage UI will look like.


    Twitter's new cache clearing option will be a welcome addition for users who frequently use the default app. Prior to the introduction of the storage setting, the only way to clear a large Twitter cache that was taking up a lot of space was to delete and reinstall the Twitter app.

    The new option brings the official Twitter app in line with third-party Twitter apps like Tweetbot that already offer a cache clearing option.

    Twitter for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Twitter for iOS Gains New Option for Clearing Cache
  2. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
  3. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Thank you.

    Any app that caches vast amounts of media should be required to have this option.
  4. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    ... and so continues to declining consistency of the user interface.

    "Image previews" should be "Image Previews".
    "Web storage" should be "Web Storage"
    ... etc.

    These "new age" developers are really eating away at my patience.
  5. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Wow. It didn't take long at all for someone to find something to complain about.
  6. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    TC needs to go.
  7. brian3uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2016
    Thank goodness. I just sent a suggestion to Facebook yesterday for the same thing. I know they have a option to clear the webpage cache but not the regular media. I hope they see what Twitter did and implement something similar.
  8. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Adding a ‘clear’ button will only incentivise people to manual maintenance, like closing applications. Apps should simply be reasonable with caching and not use it as a sink.
  9. DrumApple macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2009
  10. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2015
    Arlington, Texas
    Amen to that, with the additional requirement that all caching apps need to have the capability to automatically manage cache content with appropriate 'maximum cache size' settings.
  11. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    cleared 1.5gb and then went back to my timeline where I scrolled up past a auto playing video of one of the Presidents men. I didnt stop. Went back to settings and it had started storing again. Like wtf! how long does it store and why the heck.
  12. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    It's called "first impressions", and I don't like what I saw.

    What if they added this same capability, but the user interface looked like iPhone OS 1.0. Would you say "hey great, thanks Twitter!" while completely ignoring the visual appearance? Adhering to high standards is what iOS and Apple products is all about, and they have diverged on this small item. Worthy of raising the issue, I say.
  13. seanmcbay macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2009
    Get a life. lol
  14. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    That's not even a comparison, lol.

    Anyway, it looks like that styling for text labels is hardly new. A quick look shows me a button that says "Edit profile", and another that says "Turn off night mode". Perhaps their internal style guide says that's correct?
  15. Sharkoneau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2017
    Incredibly welcome change for me. Having uninstalled the app multiple times after data usage grew out of control, this is awesome. As itsmilo said, this should be an option on every app, especially since developers tend to throw every bit of "junk" into the cache. Anyone who has WGT installed on their phone knows this well.
  16. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Amen. Spotify really needs to implement this feature in their iOS app.
  17. strayts macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Now it's Facebook and Instagram's turn. It's absurd how much storage they take up.
  18. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    Does the OS do this automatically if storage space is low the to begin with? My wife likes to run her phone with nearly zero space available and I constantly see her apps go gray and say "Cleaning" or something along those lines.
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Looks like Dropbox had an update today which listed a similar feature being added as well. Perhaps it's a trend that is starting up, which would certainly be a good thing if keeps on spreading to apps like Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  20. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Take note Yelp!

    I believe these data also occupy additional space in backups.
  21. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Fun, Dropbox added the same functionality at the same day during an update. :)

    Love it!
  22. silvetti, Mar 8, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2017

    silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
    Yeah, agreed!

    I wish Facebook would do this as well, or do a better handling of the growing cache on 16GB devices.

    OR, even better, Apple should create a API to clear content on any app and then have a button in settings to clear all caches :D
    That would be the DREAM :D
  23. MacBH928 macrumors 68040


    May 17, 2008
    at 128GB iphone... how much would twitter really consume?
  24. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    It glitches out on my iPad and won't let me clear it. Great.

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