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  • [Review] iCleaner - Clean Up Your iOS Device of Junk


    Most of us simply use our iOS device from day to day, taking its speed and fluidity for granted. What most people don’t pay much attention to would be that the iOS operating system, like all others, still keeps caches and many files become obsolete as they build up over time. These junk files can slow down performance and worse, take up your limited, valuable space.

    If you take a moment to refresh your sources in Cydia today, you will find a new free utility application dubbed iCleaner by iOS developer Exile.90. The application works similarly to the popular CCleaner utility application for Windows and Mac OS X – cleaning the computer of junk files that accumulate and take up space.

    iCleaner is capable of removing all of the following:
    • Safari cookies, browsing history, cache files
    • Application WebClip caches, cookies, temporary files, snapshots, in-depth application file cleanup (useful/important information isn't touched)
    • Log files and crash reports
    • System cache files and databases
    • System temporary files


    iCleaner also features a smart scanner, which can detect if you have specific applications installed, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which are constantly adding their fair share of files to your iOS device’s storage. The smart scanner will remove in-depth files from these applications that you don’t need, drastically improving loading speeds and performance.

    Using the application is very easy. When you install it, you will find a new application on your home screen, which you can launch to start the system cleanup. After the cleanup is finished, you will be asked to respring the iOS device. Alternatively, if you prefer command lines over graphical user interfaces (GUI), you can use a Terminal client and run the command, “iCleaner” as root to perform its functions. If you don't run it as root, it will not work correctly.

    As far as functionality goes, it does remove unused files from the iOS device as a quick iFile search will show. Everything continues to work correctly after use, which confirms that it only removes files you don’t need and not ones that are critical to an application’s performance. In terms of appearance, the application icon looks very nice on the home screen, supporting the retina display and having a good design.

    Being a free tool, we could recommend this to people that like browsing the Web or using cache-obsessive applications on a daily basis. It's certainly not something you would need to run every single day. This utility would make a good monthly cleanup tool.

    Name: iCleaner
    Price: FREE
    Version: 4.0.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Exile.90
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] iCleaner - Clean Up Your iOS Device of Junk started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. sk8ertim's Avatar
      sk8ertim -
      Tried installing and running this, but it keeps crashing upon start up
    1. iphoneguy.'s Avatar
      iphoneguy. -
      Love it, but does it do much difference then the "free memory" option in SBS? Also would like to see a check box method implemented rather then clicking "Yes" or "No" several times and maybe a progress bar. Other then that, seems to work great.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I downloaded the app and it asks you what you want to clean. You have the option to choose what you want to clean...I don't think your renamed files will be removed but i guess you would have to test that to know for sure..happy testing.
    1. raseri's Avatar
      raseri -
      Seems to have broken my Mail.app icon. App works but icon is blank. Will try to fix via SHSH.

    1. Cee3Pee0's Avatar
      Cee3Pee0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raseri View Post
      Seems to have broken my Mail.app icon. App works but icon is blank. Will try to fix via SHSH.

      icleaner deleted my camera icon! please fix!
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cee3Pee0 View Post
      icleaner deleted my camera icon! please fix!

      It didn't delete either one of those apps. Just go into cydia and download a free app or theme for winterboard. It doesn't matter what you install. Once downloaded go back to home screen and icons should be fixed. Then you can uninstall that theme or app you installed from cydia.
    1. kid_ant's Avatar
      kid_ant -
      dude, messed up my iAppLocker...won't load my locked apps. iPhone 4, 5.0.1
    1. vietkool's Avatar
      vietkool -
      is anyone try this tweak? is it safe to use or it may wipe "clean" some important file that is not supposed to ?
    1. romz_11's Avatar
      romz_11 -
      i've been waiting for about 10 minutes now. does it supposed to take this long?
    1. am1ne1968's Avatar
      am1ne1968 -
      doesn't seem to work on iphone 4 ios5.1....
    1. SRPrentice's Avatar
      SRPrentice -
      I installed this a little while ago. Tried to run it via the icon and it said it cleaned 0 bytes. I figured it's because I changed my root password. So I ran it via the terminal. It cleaned up 36MB. Okay still not the greatest but it cleaned some. But after a respring, my phone is running incredibly slow. Everything takes 2-3x as long. Typing on the keyboard lags behind a ton. I can finish a text that is 100 characters long before it displays 30 characters. Unlocking my screen via Android Lock XT is now incredibly difficult because it's too slow to register my movements. Something with this app is slowing down my phone and I don't know why.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Just ran this app and it it deleted my Calendar icon. Used iWipeCache and it resprung and my Calendar Icon was back. Weird.
    1. Cee3Pee0's Avatar
      Cee3Pee0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Just ran this app and it it deleted my Calendar icon. Used iWipeCache and it resprung and my Calendar Icon was back. Weird.
      This worked for me too, brought back my camera icon.
    1. bcwyatt's Avatar
      bcwyatt -
      so it better than CleanUpCrap ( CUC ) ... i use that sometime on Mobile Terminal. i will try that to see what is different than ( CUC ).
    1. didithu's Avatar
      didithu -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrloku21 View Post
      Doesn't work on ios 5.1 but guess cause its not untethered yet

      Did not work for me neither! Crashed when trying to launch.
    1. bigjon's Avatar
      bigjon -
      OK I'm not happy! My auto correct has reverted back to correcting hell to he'll!!!! This makes BigJon sad
    1. kid_ant's Avatar
      kid_ant -
      yes it trashed out some unwanted stuff but when its done, iAppLocker won't load my locked apps anymore..
    1. Pinoy's Avatar
      Pinoy -
      Cleared almost 3GB of space in my phone. Worked great!
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Didn't clean anything on mine.
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vempire View Post
      Seems iphone doesn't need to clean up these junks. It has own processor to close idle apps automatically.
      This doesn't close idle apps...it cleans out cache files and other unneeded files.