Delete documents and data iCloud on iOS

Apps’ documents and data stored in iCloud can quickly add up, and depending on the size of your storage plan, you might need to do some cleaning in there from time to time to ensure that you don’t waste any of that precious space. In this post, we’ll show you how to delete documents and data in iCloud.

Before we get started, a few words of caution about deleting documents and data. Be cautious and aware of what you are deleting. I suggest deleting data for apps you don’t use anymore, or documents you know for sure you won’t need in the future.

Deleting Documents and Data stored in iCloud

Probably the quickest and easiest way to go at it is to delete these documents and data directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Step 1: Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.

iOS Manage iCloud Storage

Step 2: Under Documents & Data, tap Show All. Your Documents and Data usage is listed by apps that use the most storage to those that use the least. For each app, you also see how much storage space is being used. As you can see from my screenshots, my apps aren’t taking much storage space but we’ll still delete a few documents and data for this tutorial.

Step 3: Tap on the app for which you want to delete documents and data stored in iCloud. Then tap the Edit button in the corner.

Delete app documents data ios

Step 4: Tap Delete All, and tap Delete All again to confirm. These documents and data will be instantly removed from iCloud and all of your devices.

Step 5: Repeat the process for each app.

Deleting Documents and data from your Mac

Because of the nature of iCloud, you can also access these documents and data directly from your Mac.

Step 1: On your Mac, go to  > System Preferences > iCloud.

Step 2: Click on Manage in the lower right corner.

Manage iCloud storage Mac

Step 3: Select an app from the left column.

Step 4: Click on Delete Documents and Data, then click on Delete to confirm.

Delete icloud documents and data Mac

Step 5: Repeat the process for all the apps you want to clean up.

Of course, your mileage may vary. In my situation, I do not have much documents and data stored in iCloud worth deleting, so my gain is fairly small. But if you’ve been accumulating a bunch of junk over the years, you might very well be able to recover several GB of data, which can really make a big difference.

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  • Bugs Bunnay

    Can you make an article on how to turn on an iphone running ios 9? 😉

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    how do you have 55GB iCloud storage ?

    • Rowan09

      He must have gotten the 50GB plan and with 5GB free gives you the 55.

      • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

        that is why i asked because i am on the 50GB storage plan and i only have 50 not 55 ? 😐

      • Rowan09

        Oh so you’re not getting the 5Gb free?

  • Adan

    Ok, who can help me figure out why I have 5.7GB of Chinese/Japanese keyboard data wanting to be backed up if I am neither of those nationalities and have never installed their keyboards, if there is such a thing… seriously, help, please!

    • Adan

      Oh… this is on my iPad Air, iOS 8.3 jailbroken. Thanks!

    • M.

      I just found this on my iPhone too, which I certainly never downloaded! I got my phone new from a dealer and have never had anything altered on it. So strange.

  • Roars

    this cant be right. i just cant find a fix for this. tempted to format the whole thing.

  • sharathlavu

    after the latest update i am unable to access my documents and data in icloud account.
    what should i do for deleting those data?