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Want to Delete Data and Documents From Your iPhone? Here's How You Can Do That!

Remove Documents and Data From Your iPhone

Every year capabilities of smartphones expand as new features are integrated into the operating system. Due to the iPhone's and iPad's multifunctional purpose, we use them for almost everything.

We use it to contact other people, view or even create documents, take and store photos and videos, browse the internet, play games, pay for groceries, and much more.

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Why Documents And Data Take Up So Much Storage Space?

Due to the amount of data your device has to store, iPhone and iPad storage can get full very quickly. A lot of that space is taken by unnecessary files like photo and video cache, browser history, cookies, data and downloaded files from various apps, and other data.

The data and documents are stored to improve your user experience. For example, messaging apps might save media files from the chat to your device. A web browser can store your browsing data, so the next time you access the same webpage, the loading time is shorter.

Why You Need To Clean Your Device Storage?

Because your iPhone and iPad have limited storage space, we recommend clearing the unnecessary data you've accumulated. That way, you'll have more storage space for more important items. Your Device will also become less laggy and function better.

How to Check iPhone Storage Space?

You can easily check how much storage space Documents and Data take up by plugging your device into a Mac.

If you're using macOS Mojave or an older operating system, open iTunes and go to your device's general information

If you're using macOS Catalina or a newer operating system, Open Finder and go to your device's general information. At the bottom of the window, you'll see the storage bar. If you hover over the different colors with a mouse, you'll be shown the name of the section

If the Documents and Data section takes up a lot of space, remove unnecessary files and unwanted data.

How to Delete Unnecessary Documents and Data?

Keep on reading to find out how to remove as many useless files and data from your iPhone and iPad.

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How to Delete Data and Documents From Safari on iPhone

If you need space on your iPhone, we recommend you clear Safari History as well as Website and Cookie data.

To delete Safai data, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app on your device.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari".

Tap on Safari

3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on "Clear History and Website Data".

Clear History and Website Data

4. Then, tap on "Clear History and Data" to confirm the action.

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How to Delete Data and Documents From Safari Reading List on iPhone

If you have a lot of web pages saved to the Reading List, delete the ones you no longer need.

To delete Safari Reading List data, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Safari browser on your iOS device.
2. At the bottom of the screen, tap on the book icon.

Tap on the Book icon

3. Then go to the "Reading List" tab.
4. At the bottom right corner, tap on "Edit".
5. Select the web pages you want to delete and tap on "Delete", located at the screen's bottom-left corner.

Delete Safari Reading List

6. When you're done, tap on "Done".

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How to Delete Data and Documents From the Downloads Folder on iPhone

Look through your Downloads folder and delete documents you don't need.

To delete documents and files from the Safari Downloads folder, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app on your device.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari".

Tap on Safari

3. Then, tap on "Download". You'll see where your downloaded files are saved.

Tap on Downloads

4. If files are saved on your phone, go back to your Home Screen and open "Files". Otherwise, go to the location the downloaded files are saved.
5. Go to the "Browse" tab and select "On My iPhone".

Go to On My iPhone

6. Go to the "Downloads" folder.

Go to the Downloads folder

7. Select a file you want to delete, tap and hold it until a menu pops up.
8. Tap on "Delete" to remove the file.
If you want to select multiple files, tap on the three dots at the top right corner and tap on "Select". Then choose the files and tap on the trash can icon at the bottom.
9. Go back to locations and tap on "Recently Deleted". Make sure to delete the files from this folder as well.

Go to the Recently Deleted folder

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How to Delete Data and Documents From Apps on iPhone

To delete all app data and documents, you need to delete and then reinstall it. But keep in mind that uninstalling an app will delete all data that's not backed up.

There are two ways you can uninstall an app.

To uninstall an app in Settings, follow the steps below:

1. Go to "Settings".
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "iPhone Storage".

Tap on iPhone Storage

4. Locate the app you want to delete and tap on it.
5. Tap on "Delete App". Then tap on "Delete App" again to confirm the action.

Tap on Delete App

To uninstall an app from the Home Screen, follow the steps below:

1. Find the app you want to delete, tap on it, and hold until a menu pops up.
2. Then, tap on "Remove App".

Tap on Remove App

3. Select "Delete App" and tap on "Delete" to confirm the action.

Tap on Delete App

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How to Delete Data and Documents From Apps in iCloud on iPhone

If your iCloud storage is almost full, consider deleting unnecessary files and data.

To delete data and documents from iCloud, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Tap on your Apple ID.
3. Go to "iCloud".

Tap on iCloud

4. Tap on "Manage Storage".

Tap on Manage Storage

5. Locate and select the app you want to delete.
6. Finally, tap on "Delete Documents & Data" and confirm the action.

Deleet Documents & Data

Repeat the action with other apps to delete data.

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How to Delete Data and Documents From Files on iPhone

If you accumulated many documents and files on your iPhone, look through the Files folder and delete everything that's no longer useful to expand storage space.

To delete data and documents from Files, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Files" folder.
2. Then, go to the "Browse" tab.
3. Tap on "On My iPhone".

Go to On My iPhone

4. Look through all folders and files and delete the ones you don't need.

Don't forget to delete those files from the "Recently Deleted" folder as well.

Go to Recently Deleted

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How to Delete Data and Documents From The Messages App on iPhone

If you didn't know, you have the option to check how much storage space videos, photos, and GIFs are holding. That way, you can see when and how much data to delete.

To delete documents and data from the Messages app, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "iPhone Storage".
4. Scroll down and tap on "Messages".

Tap on Messages

5. Under "Documents", tap on any section.

Clear Messages

6. Tap on "Edit", located at the top right corner.
7. Select unwanted data and tap on the trash icon to delete it.

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How to Delete Data and Documents From The Mail App on iPhone

If you use the Mail app, all your synced emails are kept on your iPhone. That means there's a lot of store cached data.

To delete documents and data from the Mail app, follow the steps below:

1. Go to iPhone settings.
2. Then, go to "Mail".

Go to Mail

3. Go to "Accounts" and select the account you want to clear.

Go to Accounts

4. Tap on "Delete Account" and "Delete from My iPhone" to confirm the action.

Tap on Delete Account

5. Restart your iPhone.
6. Repeat the steps below and re-add the deleted account.

Tap on Add Account

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How to Delete Data From Voicemail on iPhone

If you have a lot of voicemails accumulated, delete the ones you don't need to keep.

To delete voicemails, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Phone" app.
2. Go to "Voicemail".

Go to the Voicemail tab

3. Select the voicemail you want to delete and tap on it or swipe to the left side until the "Delete" button appears.
4. Tap on "Delete".

If you want to delete more than one voicemail, tap on "Edit", select voicemails you want to delete, and then tap on "Delete".

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We hope this article was helpful!

You can also check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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