Whether you’ve noticed the iPhone moving slower or you already got the warning that you are running out of storage space, the quest of how to free up space on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr should begin. The documents and data that you can and you should remove in order to gain extra storage space are accessible from the menu with the same name – Documents and Data.
This part of your iPhone’s settings will encompass a series of information – with cached data, stock apps, third-party apps, iCloud data and more – that you can go through and decide what is worth to keep and what you can get rid of.
Below, we would like to give you some hints targeting specific categories of data. Read on carefully and decide what can you use in your best interest to learn how to free up space on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr.
The iTunes and all its Music, TV Shows, Movies, or even Thumbnail
You must have used all kinds of music, movies, and other files from the iTunes. In case you haven’t noticed, each download comes with a little more than the actual music or movie. All those related files are stored in the same Documents and Data folder that you are now trying to clean up. For starters, remove all your music stored on the iPhone and then do a sync with the iTunes through a computer. That way, you’re only getting back your music, without the unnecessary cache data.
The stock apps that you barely use
The stock apps are those that came with the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr from the beginning. If you installed tons of other apps that do the same things as your stock apps just because you wanted something new… Well, now you have to delete any unnecessary stock app to free your Documents and Data space.
All the old data from your mail app – old mail and unnecessary attachments
Aside from the regular emails that you’re handling on the iPhone, you get to store a lot of cache data that you don’t really take into account. To make a serious cleanup of your mail app, you will have to remove all those old emails and the attachments that came with it. The simplest way is to delete the account and reconfigure it afterward:
- Go to Mail, Contacts and Calendar in the Settings app;
- Select the email account that you wish to delete;
- Use the Delete Account option;
- Confirm and wait for it to be removed;
- Then, use the Add New option to add it back.
All the unnecessary iCloud documents
Normally, there isn’t much data to take up significant space from what you store with the iCloud. But it is still a place that you might want to check and individually remove data from Numbers, Pages, and other sections of the iCloud documents. Here are the steps:
- Access the iCloud menu within the General Settings app;
- Go to Storage & Backup;
- Tap on Manage Storage;
- Find the Documents & Data option and tap on each app listed in there;
- Use the Edit button at the top-left corner;
- Use the Delete All data to remove all the data of your iCloud documents – for a selective removal, simply hit the minus symbols next to each document that you wish to remove.
Your Photo Stream
We get it, taking pictures with the smart camera of iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr is a full-time job. There will always be things that catch your eye and you won’t help but hitting the camera button. But while you do so, the Photo Stream will squeeze in hundreds or thousands of unnecessary photos and albums. They’re old, they are too many, and you probably cannot recall when did you check it the last time. You can check it now, by going to the iCloud menu from the Settings app and selecting the Photo Stream option. Do that and remove all the photo stream instances currently stored on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr. This will certainly help you gain extra storage space!