iOS 5 Offers A New Way to Manage Storage

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iOS 5 was released the other day with many new features (200 to be exact). But only 10 were talked about and very few others even mentioned. So Apple has left it up to us to find the unsung heroes of Monday’s keynote.  It seems almost every time I unlock my iPhone I find something new, and as I was browsing settings I came upon an entire new way to manage the storage on your iPhone.

When going into Settings>General>Usage you will find that there is now a storage section that displays the first 10 apps on your iPhone that take up the most memory. The first is usually your music library which you are not allowed to delete any content from; but you can go into a large app like “Navigon” and delete the Documents and Data or the app entirely. By deleting the Documents and Data you delete all of your progress / saved settings from “Navigon” or any other app. For example deleting Documents and Data from “Pages” you would delete all saved documents. Overall it’s a pretty convenient way to free up space on your iPhone since it shows what is taking up the most space.

Also as a quick thought who wouldn’t love it if you could export or email the Documents and Data so that you could import it onto another iDevice say from you iPhone to iPad that way you would be on the same level of Angry Birds on both devices!

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    Brody White says

    Correction for the iPod data management. You can actually delete your entire music library from Usage in settings and if you have any movies you can delete them there as well. That was my mistake.

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    Alex says

    I don’t see an “Edit” button to delete the data itself in iOS 5 Beta 7. I can only delete the whole app from this screen. Did they remove this function?

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    mike says

    geessh!!! i only browse for a few minutes and facebook app consumes MB already!!! this is ridiculous! but when isude safari for browsing facebook, it doesnt add any KB or MB…why is this IOS 5 like that?!!!!

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    Pam says

    Document & Data on iPhone is junks files including browser history, cookies, logs, caches of photos and videos, database files stored by your apps. You’ll notice that some apps while being very small themselves have accumulated a lot of data.

    These apps on iPhone don’t provide a way to delete Documents and Data, uninstalling and reinstalling the app is not the best option here. You can use CleanMyPhone (developer by Fireebok Studio)to delete the documents and data without deleting the app itself.

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