How to Delete Application Data in iOS

Edit Article As you use apps on your iOS device, they'll store data on your device. This can range from app settings to downloaded and cached files for quicker loading. If you're trying to clear up some space on your device, you may be wondering how to get rid of some of these files. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't make it easy to access and delete these files. Your ability to clear this data depends on the app.

Messages

  • How to Delete Application Data in iOS

    Download iBackupbot.Your Messages cache can take a significant amount of your iOS device's storage. The problem is that even if you delete the messages on your iOS device, they're typically still stored on your device and in the backups, taking up space. You'll need a backup manager like iBackupbot to remove these messages.
    • You can download iBackupbot fromicopybot.com/itunes-backup-manager.htm. You'll only need the trial version to do this.
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    Use iTunes to create a backup.You'll be editing your iTunes backup file to remove the messages, so you'll need to create a new backup. This will let you restore right back to your current settings when you're done.
    • Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes.
    • Select your iOS device and click theBack Up Nowbutton. The backup process will likely take a few minutes to complete.
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    Launch iBackupbot and select your new backup file.Open the Multimedia File Manager.
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    Click the "Other Multimedia" tab and then sort by file name.
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    Select everything that says.MediaDomain/Library/SMS/Attachments.Click "Delete" to delete all of the selected files.
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    Navigate toSystem Files/MediaDomain/Library/SMS/Attachments.Select all of the files listed here and delete them as well.
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    Click theRestore... button in iTunes. The restore process will likely take a few minutes.
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    Select "Restore from this backup" and select your iOS device.Your modified backup will be restored to your iOS device, returning everything to how it was except that you'll have all of the extra space that your messages took up.[1]

Music

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    Open the "Settings" app.Select "General" → "Usage" → "Manage Storage" from the "Storage" section.
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    Select "Music".This will load a list of the songs on your device.
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    Tap the "Edit" button to delete songs from your iOS device.Tap the "-" button next to songs to remove them.
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    Sync your iOS device to remove cached thumbnails.Your iOS device will still store thumbnails for music that's been deleted. The quickest way to clear this cache is to sync your iOS device with your computer. This will delete the cache for anything that isn't synced.
    • Click herefor instructions on syncing your iOS device.

Safari

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    Open the Settings app and select "Safari".Safari stores data from websites that you've visited in order to make future visits load faster. If you're trying to free up some space, clearing this cache may help.
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    Scroll down and tap "Clear History and Website Data".
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    Tap "Clear History and Website Data" again to confirm.This will delete Safari's cache from your iOS device's storage.[2]

Chrome

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    Open Chrome and tap the Menu (⋮) button.Chrome stores browsing data to make future visits to the same sites quicker. You can delete this data through the Chrome app itself (not the Settings app like Safari).
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    Select "Settings" and then "Privacy".
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    Tap "Clear All" and then "Clear All" again to confirm.This will delete all of the stored site data and browser cache.

Mail

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    Open the Settings app.As you continue to receive email on your iOS device, your messages and attachments will pile up, taking up space. The quickest way to clear out the cruft is to delete the email account from the iOS device and then add it back.
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    Select "Mail, Contacts, Calendars".
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    Tap the account you want to clear out.
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    Tap "Delete Account" and confirm that you want to delete it.Your messages will still be stored on your email server.
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    Tap "Add New" and add your account back.Old messages and attachments will not be stored on your device until you view them again.

Voicemail

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    Open the Phone app.Your Phone app will store old voicemails, even after you've deleted them. These can be permanently deleted in the Phone app.
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    Tap the "Voicemail" tab at the bottom of the screen.
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    Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap the "Deleted" button.This will display a list of all of your deleted voicemails.
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    Tap the "Clear All" button.This can be found in the upper-right corner. This will delete all of the cached voice messages.
    • If the "Clear All" button is disabled, try turning off your mobile data connection. You can do this by opening the Settings app, selecting "Cellular", and then toggling "Cellular Data" off. Once cellular data has been disabled, try deleting the voicemails again.

Other Apps

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    Look for a method to delete data from within the app.App data for third-party (non-Apple) apps are handled by the app itself, not the Settings menu. This means it is up to the app developer to provide the option to clear the app's stored data. Not many apps will provide this option.
    • Check the app's own Settings or Options menu for a way to delete the app data. Pocket, a website-saving app, allows you to delete files by tapping the "Clear Downloaded Files" button in Pocket's Settings menu. This ability will vary from app to app. Facebook, for example, does not provide a way to delete app data.
    • With iOS 8.3, Apple has disabled access to your apps' Documents folder, which is what programs like iFunBox and other iOS manager programs use to access your app data. This means that you can no longer use these programs to clear out application data.
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    Consider deleting and reinstalling the app.There is no quick way to delete app data from your Documents & Data storage while keeping the app installed. The methods below will discuss deleting data from specific apps, but the quickest way is to simply delete an app and then download it again. This will delete all of the associated data for the app.
    • Open the Settings app and select "General" → "Usage" → "Manage Storage". This will display a list of apps installed on your iOS device.
    • Tap the app that you want to remove and then tap "Delete App". Tap "Delete App" to confirm and delete the app and all of its data. You won't be able to do this with system apps like Safari or Music.
    • Download the app again from the App Store. You will need to log in again if the app requires an account.
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