[4 Ways] How to Delete Documents and Data on iPhone

This article provides you 4 ways to delete documents and data on iPhone. Except for operating on iPhone directly, FoneTool can be your great helper to delete the data without removing the app.

Kathy by Kathy Updated September 19, 2023
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How do I delete Documents and data photos from my iPhone?

The Documents & Data within iPhone Photos app are taking up much space. How can I get rid of them? Do I have to erase the entire iPhone to make them go away and get my full space back? But that’s too annoying for me!

- Question from Apple Community

As you use your iPhone, Documents & Data accumulate, including items like photos, videos, browsing history, cache, cookies, temporary files, logs, and app-specific information. This accumulation can gradually consume storage space on your device.

data on Photos app

Furthermore, this buildup can result in sluggish iPhone performance and restrict your capacity to store new content such as photos, videos, recordings, or apps. Therefore, knowing how to remove these documents and data from your iPhone becomes essential.

How to delete documents and data on iPhone

You can choose to clear app data using the Settings app. And you can delete and reinstall the app to free up the storage. When there is too much redundant data on your iPhone, you can also erase all iPhone data to make it.

If you need to delete data flexibly without deleting the app, you can also skip to the next part to use the most reliable tool.

Clear app data using the Settings app

You can go to Settings app to delete some app data manually: Click Settings on your iPhone > General > Go to Usage > Click on Manage Storage > Choose the targeted app and tap on Documents & Data > Click Clear Data to delete.

data size of the app

Delete and reinstall the app

The second technique can guarantee the complete eradication of Documents and Data, liberating precious storage space. You can follow the step-by-step guide to clear Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp’s documents and data on iPhone.

Click on the targeted app on your iPhone home screen > Choose Remove App > Tap on Delete App to confirm the choice > Then you can go to the App Store to download and install it again.

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Erase all contents on iPhone

The 'Erase All Content and Settings' feature performs a comprehensive reset of your iPhone. All apps data and settings associated with the apps on the device will be removed. So before the process, it's crucial to ensure that you've backed up your essential data. And here’s how:

On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > Proceed to General > Reset > Select Erase All Content and Settings > A dialog box will appear, then click Erase Now > If prompted, enter your Passcode and Apple ID password. And your iPhone will be factory reset immediately.

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How to delete documents and data on iPhone without deleting apps flexibly

If these 3 ways above are too inconvenient for you, and you don’t want to delete the app, then you can use FoneTool to erase your private data including photos, music, videos, messages, Safari history and more on iPhone.

With this handy tool, you can have a completely different and enjoyable experience.

Erase all data: Except for erasing private, FoneTool also supports resetting your iPhone to factory settings.
Deep erase technology: With this feature, your iPhone data can not be recovered anymore. It’s more convenient for the person who wants to sell or give away the iPhone.
Selective or full backup: You can selectively or fully back up your iPhone data to PC before the erasing.
Super-fast transfer speed: The transfer speed, which far exceeds that of other software in the same industry, allows you to easily back up all important data on your iPhone.
Wide compatibility: FoneTool works well with various iOS devices including iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as the latest iOS 17.

Now you can download it on your Windows PC and learn how to delete photos or other documents and data on iPhone with iOS 17 or other iOS systems.

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1. This way will erase all the data you have selected, so if you need to erase photos, videos or other data, it’s better to selectively back up the important files with FoneTool. (Phone Transfer > iPhone to PC.)
2. If you need to erase similar photos on the iPhone/iPad, you can also go to Toolbox > Choose Photo Deduplication to free up your device’s storage.

Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your PC > Connect your iPhone to the computer with the USB cable > If asks, tap Trust on your iPhone.

Step 2. Go to Toolbox > choose Data Eraser.

erase private data

Step 3. Click Erase private data > Choose Get Started.

choose data

Step 4. Tap each icon that needs to be erased and check Enable Deep Erase Technology if you want them unrecoverable, then click Start Erase.

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From this passage, hope you can know how to delete documents and data on iPhone. If 3 ways in the second part can’t solve your problem efficiently, you can use FoneTool to easily erase your private data on iPhone.

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