Delete app data on iOS

On the Android, this feature is relatively easy. All you have to do is go to the Task Manager window which manages all open apps and delete its data. This forces the app to reload fresh content from its cloud repository.

A friend of mine asked me to look up a new profile picture and for the love of iOS, I couldn’t get the Twitter.app to reload content. The settings app would ask you to completely remove the app from your device. No need for this destructive act.

How to solve this and achieve this functionality on the iOS:

  1. open the app
  2. hold the power button until the phone dims and the red slider to turn off the phone comes on
  3. release the power button
  4. hold the home button until your device switches back to the home screen like an epileptic
  5. re-open the app, voila!

The android makes this dead easy. All you have to do is push a button and accept a confirmation — okay that’s two buttons. But why the iOS would make mankind go through this convoluted process of mechanistic movements eludes even the most adept on technology of wise men.

This post is dedicated to the one and only Hot Zephyr for having the best twitter profile pictures in life.

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5 thoughts on “Delete app data on iOS

  1. Roger says:

    This doesn’t work for me. Examining the app sandbox doesn’t show anything deleted – the caches and preferences are all still there

    • This post was on a previous version of the iOS which made this action a “force quit”. Restarting the app forced it to reload sessions and some data stored. I don’t know if this works in iOS6

      • Roger says:

        It definitely doesn’t. You can use i-funbox to examine app sandboxes and see that caches, preferences etc still there. I found several other comments bemoaning the same thing. You can use i-funbox to delete those files, but as it is gui only it is quite tedious.

      • You may be right. My original purpose of this was to delete the app data on the Twitter.app; which worked well at the time.

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