Nowadays, people enjoy taking photos by iPhone, iPad or iPod. While when they sync these photos to computers, they may find a folder named iPod Photo Cache. They may feel confused about the folder because it usually occupies too much memory on computer or devices. So what is iPod Photo Cache? And can we delete the files to release more memory? You can find the answers below.

What Is iPod Photo Cache

When you use iTunes to sync photos to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices, iTunes will automatically create a folder named “iPod Photo Cache”. iPod Photo Cache is used to store photos that are optimized for display on iPod, iPad, or iPhone. For example, if you use iTunes to sync photos to your iPod, it will automatically convert those photos into 16-bitmaps format. iPod Photo Cache stores the converted photos before transferring them to the iPod. This would allow iTunes to remove photos from your iPod more quickly next time, instead of reconverting again. The location of iPod Photo Cache folder depends on the sync options you selected. You can delete the folder, but next time when you sync the photos, this folder will be automatically created again. Usually, iPod Photo Cache folder is larger than the actual size of synced photos. The higher the resolution of the photos is, the bigger the iPod Photo Cache will be.

How to Delete iPod Photo Cache on Mac?

Can the users delete the folders to release more space on Mac? The answer is positive. You can refer to the following steps to remove iPod Photo Cache on Mac to free up more space.

Step 1. Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes. Just click the icon of your device.

Step 2. Select “Photos” on the left setting list. You will see the interface of “Sync Photos”. And you can see “Copy photos from”. The purpose is to confirm the photos’ stored place. Or you can simply search “iPod Photo Cache” on your computer. Usually the folder of iPod Photo Cache is created at the same place. Here, you can find the iPod Photo Cache on Desktop.

Step 3. Use Finder on Mac OS as the iPod photo cache viewer and find the iPod Photo Cache folder on your computer. And right-click on the folder and select “Delete” or “Move to Trash”.

Step 4. After deleting, you can empty the “Trash” and the iPod Photo Cache folder is completely removed from your computer. But pay attention, next time when you sync photos, it will be generated again.

By following the above steps, you can delete iPod Photo Cache easily.

How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Photos on iPod on Mac

Sometimes, during the photo deletion process, you may delete the wrong photos. But don’t worry, you can still recover those photos with the help of Leawo iOS Data Recovery by following several steps.


No.1: DFU Mode (It is available for iPod Touch 4/iPhone 4)

Step 1. Open Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac. If you would like to recover photos, you need to choose “DFU Mode”. Just click “Recover from iOS device” tab and connect your iPod to your computer. Then you will be asked to choose to enter DFU mode or Normal mode.

Step 2. Click DFU button, and there would be instructions on the interface guiding you to activate DFU mode. Firstly, click “Start” button to start activating it. Secondly, press “Home” and “Power” button at the same time for 10 seconds. Finally, release the “Power” button until it shows “You have successfully entered DFU mode”.

Step 3. Scan your device. Once the DFU model is activated, the iPod will be scanned automatically. All the data on iPod will appear on the left-side column.

Step 4. After it is done, you can see all the data including the lost data on iPod. Then click “Only display the deleted items” and you will see the deleted data only.

Step 5. Recover data. Choose “Photo stream” and “Photo Library” and all the deleted photos on iPod will be seen. Select the photos you want to restore and click “Recover” button. Later, the photos you are recovering will back up to your computer. After it is done, you can click “Open” button to confirm the final stored position and all the mistake deletion photos will be recovered immediately.