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Free Space on your iPhone by Removing Unnecessary Document and Data files


The iPhone is one of the most iconic devices in the world but even the best have some flaws. Many users fill their devices with a variety of files and run out storage space before they even know it. Those that wish to free some of that space will be puzzled by a section called Documents and Data.

Depending on how you use your device this section can reach several GB in size. Read below to learn more about it how to clean unnecessary files.

Documents and Data group several types of files. Among them we can count the browser history, saved cookies and data& cache files saved by applications like Snapchat.

In some cases the space occupied by data and cache files can become bigger than the space occupied by the app itself. This data is saved in order to make the app work better. If the apps are no longer used, these files will become dead weights that fill your device without doing anything useful.


How to delete unnecessary files?

This can be done easily if your device is running iOS 11 or better. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on General.
  2. Tap on iPhone storage
  3. Track down the apps that occupy a lot of space
  4. Tap on them and tap on the Offload app option

Important notice: This will not delete the app. After the task is finished apps that require an account will ask you to log-in by entering your credentials.

If you want to delete the app instead you can follow the same steps but choose the Delete app option instead.

This should allow you to free a reasonable amount of space on your device.


If you want to free some iCloud storage space follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings and tap on General.
  2. Tap on your profile
  3. Tap on iCloud
  4. Tap on the Manage Storage option
  5. Find the desired apps and tap on them. Tap on Delete Data and the process is finished.

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