Are you running out of iCloud storage but don’t want to upgrade to iCloud+ or you’re already in the top tier of the iCloud+ subscription? You can free up space in your Apple iCloud account by deleting app data by learning here how to delete apps from iCloud.
The Apple iCloud account comes with a 5 GB free quota. After that, you must subscribe to any of the paid plans that offer 50 GB to 2 TB of cloud storage. Your Apple devices use this cloud storage to save a recent backup of the device and system settings on the cloud.
Some Apple apps like Photos, Videos, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, Apple Music, Apple Books, and so on. That’s not all! When you activate iCloud backup on your iOS devices like an iPhone or iPad, iCloud creates app data backups for all the compatible Apple apps and third-party apps on your iCloud account.
Thus, your iCloud can get easily cluttered and crowded if you download and use too many apps. When the device needs to back up important things on the cloud, it won’t be able to do so due to a shortage of iCloud storage. You can avoid this serious lapse in iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook, or iMac backup by learning below the best methods to delete apps from iCloud.
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How to Delete Apps From iCloud: iPad
There are many ways to delete apps and their data from iCloud. Find below some of the effortless methods here:
Erase iCloud Backup Data of Apps From iCloud Settings
- On your iPad, touch the cogwheel or Settings icon on the Home Screen or Dock to run the Settings app.
- Inside Settings, tap on your Apple ID or avatar image.
- Now, select the iCloud option on the right-side Settings menu.
- Touch the Show All button below the Apps Using iCloud section.
- Scroll up or down to take a look at the Apple and third-party apps using your iCloud storage quota for data backup.
- Use the toggle buttons on the right side of the apps to disable data backup to iCloud in the future.
- Then, you need to delete the currently saved data of these apps on iCloud by following the next method.
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Remove iCloud Backup Data of Apps From iCloud Backup
- Open the Settings app and go to the Apple ID settings page.
- Tap on the iCloud button on the right.
- Touch the iCloud Backup option under the Device Backups section on the right-side menu.
- You should find your iPad inside the All Device Backups header. Tap on it.
- Now you must see an itemized list of iCloud backup instances for all Apple apps, system apps, and third-party apps.
- Tap the Show All Apps button.
- Now, you see an expanded list of all apps on your iPad.
- Tap the toggle button to deactivate the backup.
- A pop-up will ask you to choose from Cancel or Delete.
- Tap Delete and iCloud will delete the backed-up data until today.
Delete App Files and Documents From iCloud Drive
If you wish to delete unnecessary files and downloaded content from iCloud from some apps, here’s what you can do:
- Open the Settings app and touch the emoji of your Apple ID.
- Tap iCloud on the right-side screen.
- Touch iCloud Drive inside the Apps Using iCloud section.
- Inside the iCloud Drive window, tap Manage Storage.
- Tap Delete Documents & Data to erase files and documents saved on iCloud Drive.
- Touch the Downloads option.
- Here, you’ll find content downloaded and backed up to the iCloud Drive storage.
- Again, tap Delete Documents & Data inside Downloads to delete these data.
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How to Delete Apps From iCloud: iPhone
Most of the methods you saw on an iPad to delete app data from iCloud are also available on your iPhone. Let’s explore the easiest method below:
Erase App Data From iCloud on the Latest iPhone
- Tap on the Settings app icon and touch your Apple ID initials when the Settings app opens.
- Touch the iCloud option beneath the Subscriptions button.
- You should now see a storage indicator bar for the iCloud account.
- Below this, there’s a Manage Storage button. Click on it.
- You’re now inside the iCloud Storage window.
- Scroll the list down to find the app and its data you want to remove from iCloud storage.
- When located, touch the app.
- Tap Delete Data and confirm the action by touching the Delete option on the warning message.
That’s it! You successfully deleted an app and its data on iCloud to free up space.
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Find The Steps to Delete Apps on a Legacy iPhone
- From the Home screen, open Settings.
- Choose iCloud.
- Select Storage.
- Select Manage Storage.
- Select your device.
- Scroll down and select Show All Apps.
- Turn the app on or off as desired.
- Tap Turn Off & Delete when prompted, and you’re done.
Delete Apps From iCloud Using Mac
Find below the quick steps to erase iCloud backup files of app data, files, documents, and so on using a Mac:
- On your Mac Home Screen, click the Apple icon on the top-left corner of the screen. This is known as the Mac toolbar.
- Now, select System Settings (on Ventura) or System Preferences (on Monterey) from the context menu that opens.
- On the System Preferences window, you should be able to locate the Apple ID option. Click on it.
- When inside the Apple ID screen, click the iCloud icon on the left-side panel.
- On the right-side panel, you should see some apps that are currently synced with the Apple iCloud storage.
- If you wish to delete backup data for any app on this list, uncheck the checkmark beside the app name.
- Now, to keep a copy of the app and its data on your Mac, click Keep on My Mac.
- If you don’t want to use the app anymore, select Delete from My Mac.
How to Delete Apps From iCloud: Windows
If you don’t want to use your Apple devices with you but need to clean up some space on the iCloud storage, here’s what you can do from your Windows 11 or 10 PC:
- Open Microsoft Store from the Start menu and search for the iCloud app.
- Now, click the Get button on the iCloud card on Microsoft Store to download the app.
- Once the download is done, the system will install it automatically.
- Once installed, click the Open button to run the app.
- Sign in using your Apple ID and Password.
- You may also need to approve this sign-in to iCloud on Windows 11 PC using an Apple device like Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
- Once the app is open and fully synced with your Apple ID, click the Storage button on the right side of the iCloud storage status bar.
- On the Manage Storage window, select an app on the left-side navigation pane.
- If you’re sure of deleting App data, click Delete Documents and Data on the right-side panel.
Now you know multiple methods to delete apps from iCloud to keep your iCloud account free from unnecessary apps, data, and files. Depending on where you want to delete iCloud data, you can use any of the above methods. There are distinct ways to remove app data from iCloud on iPhone, iPad, Windows PC, and Mac devices. If you know another method to delete apps from iCloud, don’t forget to mention that in the comment box. Do share this article on your social media handles to help your friends clean up app data from iCloud.
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Graham Jackson says
I followed the advice of Jeff (July 31 2020) and it worked for me.
Thank you very much indeed.
This problem has been around for over 6 months and having a Chat didn’t help.
This didn’t an doesn’t work for my phone, I keep on trying but my settings aren’t the same. I have no clue on how to do thing and It is really starting to bother me. Please help.
This does not work for IPhone 13!!! What do I need to do?
Troy Wright says
Hell no, I am going back to Samsung phones at least I know that my cloud storage won’t be used up with apps that I deleted from my phone.
I have done everything said to delete social media apps i.e. Snapchat facebook and Instagram and nothing works. I have been told that once Snapchat is downloaded on a phone that it can be added back from iCloud even if it is deleted from iCloud. I have something set up on my kids iphones that does not allow apps to be added unless I approve them through a motivation that is sent to my phone.
How do you do this on an iPad? Directions not the same. Help!
chuiyee Tang says
Hi : I have a iphone XR . after i delete back up . when i turn back on Back up . my icloud still the same .Can’t delete . please help
I have done everything you say to delete a game app 5 times and it is still in the clouds when I go to the App Store to download it . What can I do please ? I want the app but it is stuck and I can’t continue
Lauren Waymouth says
I can’t find my device when I go to manage storage. It doesn’t come up. What do I do?
Jeff you are a genius! Thanks!
Jeff from July 31…
Your instructions are the ONLY thing that worked after a couple of weeks trying to get rid of the dag-on thing and all it’s data and docs.
Jeff, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Chandler S. says
What does the app do in Manage Apps? I deleted it and there it says “turn on and off” and background refresh? But it’s not on the home screen anymore. Why is this? Is it still using data and iCloud data? I don’t understand this!
Thanks so much. This worked like a charm.
Michele P says
I was getting very frustrated but found you comment and worked great, thanks Jeff
Thank u so much it worked so well thank u
Yeah. Thanks Jeff.
I have the same problem , I am still getting I could option on the app which means the data is not deleted. It is simply frustrating !!
I was having the same issue. Deleted app from home screen and from backups but when I tried to do a fresh reinstall the only option was to download from the cloud. I tried this and it seemed to work though…
1. After deleting the App from your iphone Go to the App Store
2. Click on the blue icon at the top right corner of the screen (a person inside of a circle above the search bar) to access your account
3. click on “purchased”
4. Click on “My Purchases”
5. Find the app that you are trying to remove and swipe left to “hide” the app.
6. Go back to app store and reinstall by hitting “Get”
This worked for me. Good Luck!
Susan lopez says
Same problem delete app from phone and iCloud but when I go to App Store to put app in it only shows up from the iCloud which should have been deleted?!!
If I delete an app from backing up to icloud, does it mean that if I need to access icloud to restore my phone that app wont restore?
Where is the list of my apps ‘in the cloud’
How do I delete a lot of them PERMANENTLY.
It did not work I have the same problem but it was different on my phone
Perry Brening says
I have the exact same problem as Patty. I’d like to delete the app (entirely) and do a reinstall so to use it fresh. But when I go to reinstall the app from the app store. it shows a “down arrow” from a cloud, indicating that it’s still stored and it is just reinstalling from the cloud. not a totally “fresh” install. I know this to be true because in the app I have … given names to certain devices and the names come up… indicating that the app is NOT a fresh install and wasn’t deleted… totally. Please… I’d appreciate being shown a way that would delete the app not only from my iphone, but also from the stored cloud location. A total deletion, if you will.
Tom R. says
On the latest iOS, the solution above is missing one significant step. #5. should say, ‘Scroll down and select backups, then scroll down and select your device. This is how I accomplished app deletion in the iCloud.
I deleted my Facebook account. I’m trying to use my Messenger app, but when it ask for my login information, it says it’s not recognized.. I try to create a new account and it takes me to Facebook sign in. Then it wants me to create a Facebook account. I uninstalled Messenger app and re-downloaded it. I get the same thing. Uninstalled it again. Went to reinstall from App Store yet again and found it was re-downloading from the cloud. Went to iCloud and deleted Messenger, and was going to try it again. Only, when I go back to App Store, it still indicates it will download from the cloud. What do I do? Appreciate any help…
Betty Bubelis says
How do I delete unwanted apps on the cloud that I will never install again?. I tried from my phone… I logged into icloud on my laptop… I am not able to see the apps that are using up space anywhere.
Where do I see the apps that are sitting out there?
No it did not help. I relate with Patty experience, its exact to mines. Does anyone know how to fix this?
No it did not help. I have the exact same problem as Patty and am unable to find a solution.
This deletes the app’s data from the cloud but not the app itself. There’s something wrong with an app I have installed and I think if I could just completely get rid of it and install it anew the problem would be resolved. But when I go to the App Store, it has a down arrow indicating it’s in the cloud and if I install it, it will be the version with the glitch. I know this because I have tried.
I have deleted the app find my friends several times and it keeps coming back. Last time I found it in a folder. It sent a notification to a friend that I had accepted their request to follow me. How do I stop this ?
Deborah Smith says
I still can not remove some apps…like iBooks I’ve listened to…or websites I wanted. I’ve tried the pushing of the buttons ’till they jiggle (& I use to be able to remove them this way)…& I’ve looked in the settings & managing storage section – the things I want to remove – are not there.
Thanks for any help…