How to Delete Documents and Data on iPhone or iPad – Are you inexplicably running low on space on your iPhone or tablet? Does it feel like there’s a leak because you’re sure you haven’t been capturing a lot of pictures or downloading enough songs to warrant a low space warning? Technically there is a leak (sort of). Just like Windows or most operating systems, iOS saves cache and data files. On Windows, you’d usually find these in your temporary folder. These documents and data files consist of and include browser history, cookies, logs, video and image caches as well as database files.
Basic Steps on “How To Check iPhone Documents & Data” & “How To Clear Documents and Data on iPhone”
If you want to check your app storage usage follow these steps:
- Launch the settings app on your iOS device
- Tap on General and then Storage & iCloud Usage. (iPad/iPhone storage on iOS 11+)
- Tap on Manage Storage underneath the Storage headline.
- You can then select any installed app to view how much space it’s taking up
This screen displays the app’s icon, version number, how much storage the app’s binary is taking up as well as its documents and data. Similarly, on Android phones, you’re able to see the cache and data your apps take up.
Now that you know where to find them, the question is why you would want to delete them. Well, sometimes they can take up unnecessary space or really slow down your iPhone. It’s the same reason you’d want to run the Disk Clean-up program on your computer.
But why do apps store documents, data and cached files if you they can be detrimental to how well your device runs? Well mostly to enhance your user experience. For instance, web browsers used cached files to load pages faster.
How to Delete Documents and Data on iPhone & iPad
- Open Settings on your iOS device and once again, tap on General
- Tap on iPhone/iPad storage.
- Once you’re there, select the app you’d like to free up some space from.
- Below the basic App information, iOS 11+ gives you two options: Offload App and Delete App. Select Delete App. Choosing this option is independent of the iOS version you’re using. This will uninstall the application and delete all the data associated with it.
- Now, go the “App Store” and search for the Application you just deleted and download it again.
- After the application has finished downloading and installing, if you return to the same Storage screen, you’ll notice that the App’s Documents & Data consumes less space because the Documents and Data have been cleared out.
I know this is a long and roundabout way to clean out your cache and app data. You won’t have to do it often, just when your data and documents over-accumulate. But there should be more app-specific ways of doing this right? Let’s explore some.
How to Delete the Safari Cache
- Open the Settings app, scroll down to the fifth group of options with Passwords & Accounts on top. Once you’re there tap on Safari.
- Scroll down the list and select “Clear History and Website Data”.
- This will bring up a small warning screen. After reading it, tap on “Clear History and Data”.
While you’re here, you might as well modify your browser settings so that your information is as safe as possible. To visit websites without leaving a footprint, turn private browsing off. You can also prevent cross-site tracking and block all cookies. We’d also recommend that you turn off Camera and Microphone Access unless you really need to use them with Safari.
You can also download a content blocker from the App Store
Using a Phone Cleaner App
Alternatively, you could use a phone cleaner app. Some of these apps can be installed on your computer and used to clean your phone once your phone is connected to the PC. You can find a few good ones on the App Store. Some of our favorites are as follows:
All the apps listed here are free and can be downloaded from the App store or their respective websites. We highly recommend downloading a phone cleaner of some sort to keep your phone running smoothly.
There you go, this should set you on the path to having a faster and more efficient iOS tablet and/or phone. Just like getting rid of toxic people in your life, it’s important to get rid of space depleting files and data that no longer serve you. We can’t help you with tips on how to get rid of moochers and psychic vampires but we hope we’ve at least helped you with getting rid of documents and data. If you’ve found this article to be helpful, please share it with your friends and family, they may benefit from its content just like you may have. As always, thank you for reading.
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