How Do I View My iPhone Photo Cache?

By Cindy Stokes

Every computer keeps certain data in its back pocket -- a data cache -- regarding what you've asked it to do in the past in order to perform faster in the future. When you sync photos to your iPhone using iTunes, the program generates a cache folder on your computer that contains optimized versions of the photos for the best display on the iPhone. **Although you can open the photo cache, you can’t view the optimized photos inside.** Deleting this folder can free up needed space, but the cache is regenerated with the next sync.You can't find the cache folder by looking for "iPhone Photo Cache," because it's named "iPod Photo Cache," whether you sync an iPod, iPhone or iPad. **The iPod Photo Cache is found in the Windows 7 and 8.1 Pictures folder.** If you change your iTunes settings to sync a particular folder of pictures from your computer to your iPhone, an additional iPod Photo Cache is added in that folder as well, without removing the original iPod Photo Cache.

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Click on the device icon at the top of the iTunes window.Select **Photos** in the Settings on the left. Check the drop-down menu next to **Copy Photos From** to see if you have a particular folder of pictures specified to sync to your iPhone.

Step 2

Go to **Libraries** in File Explorer and open the **Pictures** folder. Right-click on **iPod Photo Cache** and select **Delete.** If you have not changed iTunes settings to sync a particular folder of photos to your iPhone, you are finished. If you have, go to the next step.

Step 3

Open the folder in File Explorer specified in your iTunes Photo settings to sync to your iPhone. Right-click on the **iPod Photo Cache** and select **Delete.**

Tips & Warnings

  • An iPhone running iOS 8 can become clogged with caches of its own. To free up some of that space, delete and reinstall non-system apps to clear each app's cache.
  • If you have too many photos taking up space on your phone, make sure you don't have Photo Stream enabled. Go to the Settings app and select Photos & Camera. Check the switch next to My Photo Stream to make sure it's switched to the Off position.
  • If you delete the iPod Cache folder, the next time you sync your iPhone with iTunes, the sync will take a little longer.