Tips to Free up Storage on iPhone or iPad

On iPhone or iPad, have you ever noticed the Documents & Data section in Settings > General > iPhone Storage? Maybe not because the majority of the Apple folks won’t until they realize their iPhone has reached its storage limit.

Documents & Data present on your device is the actual reason contributing to occupy most of the space on your iPhone or iPad. Not only this, but it can also make your device sluggish. So it’s important to keep in check-up with Documents & Data stuff on your iPhone or iPad.

In case if you don’t know the whole concept, we got you all covered up. In this post, we will show you how to delete Documents & Data on your iPhone and iPad so that you can take benefit of the maximum available storage on your devices.

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Without wasting much of your time, let’s quickly begin.

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What are Documents & Data mean on iPhone, iPad?

Documents & Data is a combination of cached files, cookies, and downloaded content. Now basically, there are two types of ‘Documents & Data’ located on your iPhone and iPad. These two are completely different from each other.

Documents & Data related to apps: Here, data gets collected which consists of your apps messages, offline gaming progress, app cache app settings, etc on iPhone and iPad. Due to this, the files created and stored in such a way that the app you are using will perform more efficiently even if you use it repeatedly.

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Documents & Data related to iCloud: Here, data of the apps are stored on iCloud that includes documents, media files, settings, etc. If you create a backup of any device on iCloud, the same data including cache get back up on iCloud on every backup that consumes space.

Both types somewhere collect a lot of data unknowingly. As a result, it consumes maximum space on your iPhone and iPad.

How to Delete Documents & Data on iPhone, iPad

This can be done by two methods, which are mentioned below:

Method 1: Erase All the Content and Settings

The title itself suggests, ‘Erase All the Content and Settings’, this will erase apps Documents & Data present on your device. All of the cookies, cache, passwords, images, videos, recordings, etc will be wiped out. But here, this will happen without affecting or deleting any apps.

This is the most simple and easy way to delete Documents and Data from your device. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Go to Settings.

Step 2: Click on General and tap on Reset.

Step 3: Now, click on Erase All Content and Settings.

Delete Documents & Data On Iphone Or Ipad To Free Up Storage

Step 4: A small window will popup, click on Erase Now.

Step 5: Enter Passcode and Apple password, if asked.

This process will delete the data present on your iPhone and iPad.

Method 2: Delete and Re-download app

Here, we will delete a particular app that consumes Documents and Date. By doing this, the data of that particular app will get deleted individually. Then you have to re-download the app to use it again. But, this method deletes the data individually depending upon the app you choose, rather than erasing the entire data on the phone.

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Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Tap on General and then go to Storage & iCloud Usage’

Step 3: Under the Storage section, tap on Manage Storage.

Step 4: Here, you have to choose for which app you want to delete ‘Documents & Data. For example, we are selecting Facebook here.

Step 5: Now, tap on ‘Delete App’ to delete the app from your device.

Delete Documents & Data On Iphone Or Ipad To Free Up Storage

Step 6: Once done, visit App Store, and search for the app you have deleted. And re-download it.

Now, go back to the same location and check the Documents & Data storage size, it should get less than before.

Before performing methods mentioned above, make sure to back up your data using iCloud or iTunes. Otherwise you could loose your important data permanently.

How to Delete Documents & Data from iCloud in iPhone, iPad

As mentioned above, Documents & Data related to the iCloud are different than those of apps. Here, storage is stored in the cloud, and this the reason your iCloud storage doesn’t remain optimized as it supposes to be.

Here’s how to get rid of them:

Step 1: Visit Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Go to General and tap on Storage & iCloud Usage.

Step 3: Under the iCloud section, choose Manage Storage (Make sure you go to the iCloud and not in the installed app list).

Step 4: Scroll down and search for the Documents & Data section, and choose the app that you want to delete the Documents & Data accordingly.

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Step 5: Simply choose to Edit then Delete to remove the Documents & Data of a particular app.

Delete Documents & Data On Iphone Or Ipad To Free Up Storage

You could this to all the unwanted apps that you don’t usually use or unimportant to you. This will save more space rather than get consumed by unwanted data that you don’t even require.

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Here are some FAQs that Apple folks mostly ask for.

Why can’t I delete Documents & Data from iOS apps manually?

Apple has not provided such a feature to its devices yet, but hopefully, we will see it in the future. However, Android does have a feature that will allow its users to delete the data manually from Android apps. Hope so Apple will come up with the same feature soon.

Is there any other possible ways to delete Documents & Data without removing apps

Besides the methods mentioned above, there are possible ways to delete Documents & Data without removing apps. But you may have to deal with some third-party apps which might not be acceptable by privacy lovers. Let’s say you want to save more space on your device, you can use an application known as Smart Cleaner which is available on App Store. This app can remove duplicate files, unwanted files that consist of photos, videos, and more in one click.

Likewise, you can get more apps that can help you clean the storage so that you can save more space on your iPhone and iPad.


Documents & Data can really annoy you when your device storage has reached its limit. But if you follow the article, there shall be no confusion to delete Documents & Data on your iPhone and iPad.

That’s it for now, hope this helps! You can leave your thoughts in the comment section mentioned below. Till then stay tuned for more info.

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