What is Documents and Data on iPhone? How to Clear

Don’t have enough free storage space in your iPhone to capture new photos? Does your iPhone get stuck if playing high end games on it? Are you looking forward to sell your iPhone for new iPhone X just because you iPhone run slower and slower?

iPhones are known for theіr lack of upgradable hardware storage. You might run out of space on your iPhone after accumulating files and Apps. Even though you are not aware, a lot of free space in your iPhone has been acquired by various files, that is "Documents and Data" on iPhone, which you really don’t use.

What is “Documents and Data” on iPhone?

When you go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage on iPhone, you will know it very much that each app occupies how much space. When you go into app, you will find that app Document and Data occupies much more space than the app itself.

The more frequently you use an app, the more Document and Data it has.

"Document & Data" is everything that stored in the app. Some of them are useless, and some of them may be important for you.

  • Useless Document & Data: cache, corrupted files, crash logs, user storage files, temporarily downloaded files, etc.
  • Useful Document & Data: chats, sent & received messages, downloaded files, photos, videos, attached files, etc.

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You will not be able to delete "Documents and Data" from Settings. But isn’t there a convenient option available to delete documents and data on iPhone?

How to Clear “Documents and Data” on iPhone?

1. Uninstall & Reinstall Apps

This can be considered as the most straight method available to delete document and data on iPhone. In fact, it's also the easiest one.

In order to delete the app, you will need to tap on an icon and press on the “x” mark. Then you can visit the App Store, search for that app and reinstall it on your device.

This method can help you to clear all the data that is associated with it. However, make sure that the data in your app is not backed up to iCloud. Or it might be auto synced to iPhone later. And if you want to keep some important data of the App, such as business messages, app attachment etc, then this method will not be suitable.

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2. Manually Delete Some Document and Data If Possible

You can also think about deleting data, as some apps have the option of deleting document and data within it, such as Safari, WeChat, Facebook, etc. In order to do that, you will need to open the applications one by one and find its own option to clear cache or data. However, you need to keep in mind that some data files cannot be deleted with this option.

What Kinds of Document and Data Can be Deleted?

  • Safari: Clear cache, reading list, history, cookies, website data, etc.
  • Messages: Clear message attachments, old conversations
  • Mail: Clear out old mail and attachments
  • iTunes: Music, Movies & TV Shows, Thumbnail cache
  • Voicemail: Delete all voicemail
  • Facebook: Clear browsing cache for websites.

3. Selectively Clear All Kinds of Document and Data on iPhone

The most effective way to delete "Documents and Data" from iPhone is to use a professional iPhone Cleaner. iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac can be considered as a perfect example to prove the above mentioned fact. With this iPhone cleaner, clearing document and data is much easier:

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Key Features:

  • Clear all useless document and data for all apps once at a time, including cache, corrupted files, crash logs, etc.
  • Remove all temporarily downloaded files from all apps on iPhone.
  • Seletively clear some documents and data on iPhone: messages, call logs, Safari data, notes, voice memos, etc.
  • Clear WhatsApp and WeChat: messages, photos, videos, and other attached files.
  • Erase hidden deleted files, and traces left by third-party apps: Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, Chrome, Twitter, etc.
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In fact, it would be the most convenient method available for you to clear documents and data on iPhone. You just need to install this application on your desktop computer.

3 Steps to Delete Useless Documents and Data" on iPhone

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone iPhone Cleaner on your PC. Link your iPhone to it with USB cable.

Step 2: Hit Quick Scan from the home interface. When scan finishes, it will show you how much storage can be cleaned up on your iPhone.

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Step 3: Hit Clean button of Junk Files, check the files that you want to cleared is checked. Click "Clean" button to clear.

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This method would assist you to get rid of the files, which cannot be deleted in normal ways as well. Therefore, any iPhone user who is struggling with free storage space can download it without a doubt on mind.

Other Key Features of iMyFone Umate Pro

  • Compressing photos losslessly & mass deleting multiple photos, with auto backup for orignal photos on PC.
  • Detect all large files over 5MB, you can preview and selectively bulk delete them.
  • List all apps according to their size, so you can selectively mass remove all unwanted Apps.
  • Privacy protection - permanently erase private iOS data, including current personal files and previously deleted sensitive files. The erased data cannot be recovered by any data recovery software.

Documents and data will remain one of the main contributors to storage space problems in your iPhone. A quick check on your iPhone will show that it consumes a large chunk of your storage space and requires attention if you must get the maximum benefit out of your iPhone.

  • Joulin

    documents and data really occupy much space on iPhone, should be deleted!

  • Peeny

    Look at my Wechat, occupy 6GB, but the app itself olny 130MB, all the others are document and data.

  • Jefferey

    I get the drift of trying to delete extra data from the iPhone, but hope important files and documents wont be deleted too?

    • That won’t happen! With iMyfone Umate, you can firstly preview all the files, then select the files to delete. Umate will only delete the files selected, and for important files,such as photos and videos, Umate will back up automatically the original files on your PC.

  • Spencer

    I’m always skeptical of tips that are destructive in nature. Why do I have to delete and reinstall when I can use an app to do it without deletion? Makes more sense to me.

    • Yeah. i agree with you, uninstall and reinstall again and again, that’s boring and time wasting.

  • Esabelle

    Hope Apple can provide an option to clear documents and data in the future.

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