When you check for the storage space taken up by the apps on your device, you may be surprised to find something called “Documents and Data” taking up a lot of storage space. Hence, lets us take a look at What is “Documents and Data” and the steps to Clear or Delete “Documents and Data” on iPhone or iPad.
What is “Documents and Data” On iPhone
Almost every App on your iPhone or iPad stores things like App Caches, Sign-in info, Message history and App related attachments. For the sake of convenience, all this information is labeled as “Documents and Data” on iPhone.
Over a period of time “Documents and Data” ends up taking a lot of storage space on your device and it is not uncommon to see “Documents and Data” for some of the Apps taking up more storage space than the App itself.
For example, the Snapchat App in the image below has a size of 60 MB, but its “Documents and Data” is taking up 343 MB of space (See image below)
Delete “Documents and Data” on iPhone and iPad
Perhaps the quickest way to delete “Documents and Data” on iPhone is to simply delete the App and then re-install it back from the App Store.
1. From the Home Screen of your iPhone, tap on Settings
2. On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap on General.
3. On the next screen, tap on iPhone Storage.
4. On the iPhone Storage screen, scroll down and tap on the App that you believe is storing lots of “Documents and Data” on your iPhone.
5. On the next screen, tap on Delete App option located at the bottom of your screen (See image below).
6. Next, you will see a pop-up menu, tap on the Delete App option to delete this App and its related “Documents and Data” from your iPhone.
7. Once the app is deleted, open the App Store on your device and search for the deleted app.
8. Next, download and Install the App back on your device.
Once the App is reinstalled, check the storage space taken up by this app by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Snapchat.
As you can see from the above image, the storage space taken up by this app has reduced considerably, going down from 95.7 MB to just 49 KB on the reinstalled App.
Similarly, you can go through other Apps listed on the “iPhone Storage” screen and Clear “Documents and Data” generated by other Apps on your iPhone.
Note: This method is not applicable for Stock Apple apps like Mail, Messages, Music and Safari. In the case of stock apps you will need to go into each of these apps individually and delete the accumulated data for each of these stock apps.