Have you ever had the curiosity to surf through your iPhone in iOS 12 and iOS 11? Maybe to see how it is structured and what takes most of its resources? If you did, you must have noticed one of the Documents & Data or the Other folders. That’s because these two tend to take up most of the space. When you are running out of storage space, you investigate immediately and you get to this point.
If you haven’t deleted the content of the Documents & Data, it’s probably because you’re not sure if you should. To ease your worries, let us tell you what’s this folder about. Within this section, the device stores all kinds of data and documents from all kinds of stock or third-party apps, iCloud documents or cached data. Better said, mostly cached data, which is why you can and you should get rid of it to earn some extra space.
As you can imagine, how you do it will depend on the type of data you need to remove. Coming up next, we will tackle the “how to delete documents and data on iPhone” in iOS 12 and iOS 11 issue by separate categories:
For the iCloud documents:
- Go to Settings;
- Select iCloud;
- Select Storage & Backup;
- Tap on the Manage Storage option;
- Look for the Documents & Data entry and everything listed under it;
- Tap on each of the apps listed in there and hit the Edit option that shows up at the top-left corner;
- At this point, you can tap the “-” symbols from each document that you want to remove;
- Or you can use the Delete All option to get rid of all the documents at once.
This section usually doesn’t take much of your space, but you can never tell until you check it. If you have too many iCloud data in here, just follow the above steps to fix it.
For the old emails and their attachments:
- Go back to Settings;
- Now, select Mail, Contacts, Calendar;
- Select an email account you would like to clean;
- Hit the Delete Account;
- Confirm the action when prompted to do so;
- Go back to the Add New option and select it;
- Re-add the credentials of your account.
That way, you get rid of much of the cache stored by the standard Mail app on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 12 and iOS 11. Instead of manually checking all that data, follow our suggestion and remove the account completely, only to set it back afterward.
For the photo stream:
When your albums are overwhelmed by numerous photos, you should delete some of those images, to clear some documents and data iCloud space. The best way to do it is to simply turn off the photo stream right from its settings, under the iCloud options. Once you do that, all the photo stream instances will be removed from your iPhone.
For the iTunes content:
Whether it is thumbnail cache, Movies & TV shows or music, all your iTunes purchases aside from video and music content end up in this Documents and Data folder. To get rid of all the cache or the miscellaneous related media files, you simply have to manually delete all the music from your iPhone in iOS 11. After that, you can easily sync the device with your iTunes account, from a PC, and you get your music back, minus the cache files.
For the stock apps:
Whether it’s music, video, mail, messages, or browsing apps, they are taking up your data. Especially if you are using third-party apps instead of the stock apps that come on your iPhone in iOS 11 and iOS 12 from the factory, you should remove as many of those stock apps as you can. Simply uninstall them and you will free up even more data iPhone space.