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How to Remove Documents and Data iPhone

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Written by Hassan Abbas

If you have noticed your iPhone is low on storage space or maybe you are just browsing your storage settings. Then you might discover that many apps have a large “Documents & Data” storage footprint and inordinately large storage burden in iOS as well. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Remove Documents and Data iPhone. Let’s begin!

Keep that in mint this is not really intended to be a guide to free up general space. This is aimed specifically at conquering the mysterious “Documents & Data” that we can found relating to particular apps on iPhone and iPad as well. It’s a bit more advanced, and if you have never heard of Documents and Data, then you guys won’t need this article let alone find it useful.

What does Documents and Data mean on iPhone?

Apple have actually done a lot recently to try to offset storage issues on iPhone. You can also use iCloud to store data like full-resolution photos while keeping only smaller versions on your iPhone. And offload apps which you do not use mostly as well.

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But, most folks will still run into a point where their device will politely advise that they simply can’t cram any more selfies, or any other media on it. At this point, most of us will start deleting pictures, videos and apps. Because these mostly take up the majority of storage space on our devices (make sure that you back them up to your computer first with a tool such as TouchCopy).

Have you guys ever looked at the breakdown of the storage on your device, though? You can also find this under Settings > General > iPhone Storage. This will actually let you know about the main space-hogging offenders on your device.

Scrolling down will then show you a list of your apps, and how much space they take up. Click one of these, and it will break down further into App Size (the size of the actual application that you install), and also “Documents & Data“… what’s this?

Separately, the “Documents and Data” associated with iCloud are typically files. And also documents that are associated with the app itself, however, stored in iCloud. These are the same type of files that you might see in browsing iCloud Drive.

How to remove Documents & Data on iPhone, iPad

The simplest way to remove Documents & Data on an iPhone or iPad is through removing the app and then re-downloading it all over again. That may not make a lot of sense, but for the time being Apple offers no method in iOS to manually clear caches and app data. So Rather if you want to delete that app data, then you have to delete the app entirely.

Keep in mind that when you delete an app, and then re-download it, then you will likely lose whatever data, logins, and all other saved details from that app. Do not do this if you don’t have login information saved elsewhere or anywhere. And do not remove an app or its documents and data caches if you have important data saved within that app. You should back up your iOS device before beginning so that you can restore in the event if in case you mess something up.

  • Launch the “Settings” app in iOS
  • Head to “General” and then select “Storage & iCloud Usage”
  • Then head to “Manage Storage” under the ‘Storage’ section
  • Find the application(s) that have the ‘Documents & Data’ that you want to delete (Such as, Twitter is a 64MB app but can mostly take up several hundred MB with its Documents and Data). Then click on that app and select “Delete App”
  • Now go to the “App Store” and then search for and re-download the app you just deleted
  • After the app has finished re-downloading, if you return to the same Storage screen. Then you will find it now consumes much less space because the documents and data has cleared out.

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Keep in mind that removing and redownloading an app also will update it to the latest version available. So don’t do this if you guys want to keep using an older version of an iOS app.

When you have re-downloaded the app, that apps Documents & Data burden should be just about nothing. Although as you use the app it will slowly accumulate more documents, caches, and also data again. In the case of an app like Twitter or Instagram, much of the documents and data are simply caches from photos and videos. And thus are mostly not really critical to the apps functionality in any way. They just take up some space. Many other iOS apps also behave the same way, which is fine until you start running out of storage space. And since iOS offers no way other to directly take care of this instead of deleting and redownloading the app, it can be irritating.

If this sounds familiar, then it’s probably because this is actually one of the main ways. You can also go about removing “Other” data storage from an iPhone or iPad. (Apart from restoring the device completely, which works best). And some users will go so far as remove all of their apps and then redownload them all again. If many are found to be taking up large amounts of Documents & Data storage as well.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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