How to Delete “Documents and Data” on iPhone and iPad?

When it comes to see how much storage space used by the apps on your iPhone, you may be shocked to see something like ‘Documents and Data’ eating up a lot of space on your iPad or iPhone. In some cases, ‘Documents and Data’ takes up more storage space than what actual app takes. Let’s first discuss in brief what ‘Documents and Data’ actually is. Now, we will discuss how to delete this mysterious data to free up your storage space on iPad and iPhone.

What is “Documents and Data” on iPhone and iPad?

On your iPhone, each app store items like sign-in info, app cache, message history, and attachments. This information is known as “Documents and Data” on your device. Over a time period, this information takes a lot of space on your device and one day it takes up more space than app itself. For example, if you download a 50 MB app, its “Documents & Data” takes up around 350 MB of space.

Clear “Documents & Data” on your iPad and iPhone

Documents and Data

Check Storage Space on iPad and iPhone

First of all, look at the storage space closely which is used by different apps. It would be helpful to find the apps which are eating up a lot of space on your device and control it quickly.

  • Go to General from Settings app on iOS device.
  • Select iPad/iPhone Storage.
  • Inspect the storage consumed on your iDevice and amount of storage left. Also check how much space is taken by each app. Tap on any app to get better insight.
  • You will see app size and the amount of space consumed by its data and documents.

Delete “Documents and Data”

After checking out the consumption of storage on your Apple device, there are two different options –

  • Offload Unused Apps without having to Delete Documents and Data

In iOS 11, you can offload unused items without having to delete their documents and data. When they are reinstalled, their data is restored automatically. This way, you can use this cool feature to free up enough of space on your Apple device without cleaning up the useful data.

  • Manually Remove and Reinstall Apps to Clean Up Associated Data with Ease

If you don’t have to save the data through individual apps, simply delete and reinstall them. You can clear off all the associated data of apps with ease.

  • Go to Settings > General
  • Select Storage & iCloud Usage
  • Go to Storage section and select Manage Storage.
  • Tap on any app which cache you need to delete.
  • Select Delete App
  • Confirm and reinstall the app.

Clear Documents and Data of an App from iCloud

You can also remove Documents and Data of apps from iCloud. You can get rid of redundant saved data to keep your valuable iCloud data from being cluttered.

  • Go to Settings app.
  • Select your profile picture (if your iPhone has iOS 10.2 or older, select iCloud)
  • Go to iCloud
  • Go to Manage Storage
  • Select any app which data should be cleared
  • Select “Delete Documents and Data”
  • Select Delete to confirm.

This is how you can remove cache of apps from all the devices synced with same iCloud. But you should allow only few apps to store data on iCloud to manage your cloud storage better.

Remove Permissions to Store data on iCloud

  • Simply go to Settings
  • Tap on Profile and go to iCloud
  • Turn off the button next to app which information you no longer need to store on iCloud.

Remove Thumbnail Cache of Movies, Music and TV Shows

Made on iPad/iPhone or synched from the PC, all the iTunes purchases are known to be the part of media. Usually, it is categorized under Audio/Video of storage but some are saved at “Documents and Data”, which could have thumbnail cache.

So, you can remove all the music from iPhone and sync again through the PC to clear cache. You can clear out all the cache on your device as these are not created on re-sync and you will free up some space.

Bottom Line

We hope you have understood how documents and data work and how to clear them off on your device. These above steps will remove all the junk from your device and keep it from running off storage.