Clearing data from my apps

iOS and iPadOS

hi all

i am having trouble clearing teh cache and data for my aps. they build up more and more data and i wish to clear teh documents and settings. I used to be able to go to usage and storage and flick up and it would allow me to delete data for the ap but this doesnt appear possibly anymore on IOS 9 +

any thoughts how i can clear my usage a bit for aps without removing the aps themselves ?? must be a way thanks



Submitted by Saqib on Monday, November 2, 2015

Hi. I am having the same issue. Once more my iPhone 6 Plus some how claimed that I was using 9GB of storrage when I only was really using around 3GB of storrage. I had to do a full factory reset to get my other 6GB back. I'm so fedup with Apple as we only really get 11.4 of storrage space available to as the OS takes over around 4.5GB of storrage. I'll be getting an Android for my next upgrade as I can store all media on a Micro SD Card. It's just as well I can confidently use Android as well as IOS.

Submitted by charles on Monday, November 2, 2015

The operating system is going to take up space on your iDevice just like Windows takes up space on our hard drive. Don't blame Apple for what you apparently do not understand.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Monday, November 2, 2015

They are asking about deleting data from apps like Facebook, Twitter, etc., apps that continue to hog more and more storage space on an iPhone, not deleting system files.

Submitted by mark wright on Monday, November 9, 2015

hi cheers that is what i'm looking for not deleteing system files just the extra data which aps like facebook and twitter store for you. i dont wish to remove these aps just remove the cache and its build up of data so they run quicker again. any ideas ?? used to be able to flick up on the usage bit under documents and settings and could delete data that time

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, November 9, 2015

Actually you just have to hit delete and reinstall the app, or you can use a nice little app called memmory scanner and disk cleaner. I have a podcast on how this app still works. I was so impressed I boufght the pro version for I think $2-3 I can't remember right now. Here is the link to the episode.


Submitted by Joseph on Monday, November 9, 2015

I'll have to look at that.

Submitted by mark wright on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

so apart from this ap that is mentioned above there is no way anymore to clear data and cache in aps built up over time apart from deleting and reinstalling ap which sounds a rael drag. i have a fair few aps that need doing too.

Submitted by Saqib on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hi. I do understand that the system OS takes up a few GB of storage but at least with Android , you can use a memory card and move all media to free up storage. With apps demanding more space! Apple should really do away with the 16GB model and start with 32GB instead. I can't even download my music from Googleplay Music because of the storage issue.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Email apple about that at that is a website btw in case that does not come out right. They want to know what you think. But be professional about that.

Take cre and have fun using the app. I love it and free up gigs of data at a time on my 64 gig iphone. And it's 100 percent safe. I've been using it for almost year now

Submitted by Joseph on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I do agree that apple should drop the 16 gig bass model and increase it to at least 32.

Submitted by Fiona on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The app data on iPhone cannot be removed directly without deleting apps. If you really need to free up space, you can try reinstall the apps that take up the most storage. I have tried reinstall some of the apps that hog the space, it really free up space on my iPhone 6. If your iPhone is running iOS 8.2 and before, PhoneClean helps removing app cache, cookies, temp files. This function not work for iOS 8.3 and later. Here are five ways to free up space for your iPhone.…

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanks for the memmory scanner and disk cleaner app recommendation for cleaning memory. Appreciate the podcast. Purchased and used it. Love it. Upgraded to the full version for $0.99. Thanks again for sharing.

Submitted by Deborah Armstrong on Thursday, November 10, 2016

On a computer, the operating system does take up room. But on a computer, data is not stored necessarily with software. If you archive old email from the previous century, you can move it to an external drive. If you have lots of documents you wrote last year, some audio books you never got around to listening to and a pile of spreadsheets with data you might need someday, you can get it off your hard drive on to a DVD (though those do wear out eventually.)

The problem with the iPHONE is that Apple decided data should be stored with apps. So if you only need the data when you use the app, you are stuck with the data hogging storage even if months go by without you needing it. For example, when I travel I use hotel and highway exit guides; when I'm not on vacation I don't.

I think if we complain to Apple, what we want is a paradigm shift. We want data to not have to belong to an app. When you select "Share" it is just a synonym for Copy. If you Share something with your cloud storage there's now a copy of that data in the app and another copy on google drive. We want a way to move data off the phone, retaining the app to which it belongs, and another easy way to get the data back when and if it is needed again! We want apps to more effectively use cloud storage and we want caches that build up to be easily clearable. P.S. have you noticed that an app can take something like 94MB, yet have only 1 MB of data when you view it under manage storage. Yet, if you remove and reinstall the app, it still has 1MB of data but it might go from 94MB down to 54MB. This is the cache that built up but was never cleared.

Submitted by Saqib on Friday, November 11, 2016

Don't forget that you have to run that app at least 3 times which will delete all junk files. You will have to restart your for each scan because re-scanning won't work properly unless you restart your phone again.

Submitted by Saqib on Friday, November 11, 2016

Apple should have a clear all cash button as this feature is available within the storage area on Android. I've heard that BlindSquare is being tested on Android and as soon as it is released on that platform, I'm dropping apple like a hot potato. It's just as wel I can use the other platform confidently because I had taken the time to learn both platforms at the same time.

Submitted by Siobhan on Friday, November 11, 2016

If you haven't heard, judging by some of the repetitive comments you have not, apple "did away" with the 16gb model. Now it's 64, 128 and 256gb Though you are dropping "Apple like a hot potato:, that's your choice. Given you have not taken some suggestions offered by confident posters, one of whom does a wonderful podcast and is quite experienced, enjoy Android. That's all i'm saying. I'll try out that memory scanner and disc cleaner, thanks for that. If anyone does submit that feedback to Apple and is responded to, i'd be curious what they would say. didn't they shrink down an OS because of all the 16gb owners who were unhappy with all the storage? Next time, do research before your wallet does the deciding for you.

Submitted by Chris on Friday, November 11, 2016

I don't see this policy changing. Apple decided a long time ago to hide the file system and sandbox everything. iCloud Drive is nice, but it's silly when the app imports a copy of the file, edits it, and then sends it back to the cloud service. In a perfect world, iOS would have a Finder like file manager that would allow "sharing" not "copying" of data between apps. This is why I think the iPad Pro is a joke. I have far more power using the Mac operating system because these ridiculous restrictions are not imposed. If you all are truly unhappy with this, switch over to Android. Android accessibility has reached the same level as iOS at this point.

Regarding the deletion of apps, has anyone noticed that when you delete and reinstall an app, some of the data remains on your device? For example, I deleted VoiceDream Reader and when I installed it again, it retained my prefered voice and a couple of other settings. When I did a clean install of iOS 10 using iTunes, I had to configure everything from scratch. Why is this? Do I have to reboot after removing an app?