Facebook and it's Documents & Data Usage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TL24, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2011
    So I took a look at what Facebook is currently using on my iPhone 4S and it shows 414MB! WTF?!

    What the hell is Facebook doing using 414MB of my 32GB? Is there anyway to delete this data? Back in my Android days we could clear it's cache & data but I can't seem to find anything that relates to this on my iPhone 4S.

    Any suggestions?
  2. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
  3. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Most likely caching photos.

    Weird, my FB only using 49MB, and I browse photos alot *shrug*.
  4. macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    What's stupid is this data isn't temporary storage like most apps use and instead gets backed up with everything else. For a while my Facebook data was half of what was being backed up on iCloud, and I have to periodically delete the app and backup in order to get things in check again.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2011
    Go into Settings -> General -> Usage -> Facebook : and you'll see the amount of crap Facebook has been gathering :mad:

    There has to be a workaround besides removing and re-installing the app? :confused:
  6. macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2009
    I've seen this happening with a lot of apps, not just the facebook app.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2009
    Why even back it up to begin with? If it is 1mb or 400+mb

    If you have to restore your phone, redownload the app and log in and you lost nothing.

    It has to be all cache. Do you upload or look at a lot of photos?
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2011
    Not at all, I don't sit there browsing everyone's albums. I'd look at some pictures here and there, leave comments, look at the news feed but that's about it.

    Strange really, I just uninstalled and reinstalled the app to get rid of the 400+ MB
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Same thing happens to me on my iPad and my 4S. Facebook needs to learn how to make an app.
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
    I just saw this my 4S. Facebook has 553MB. WTH? My first guess was Cached photos but like a previous poster mentioned, I dont sit there and browse every photo/album.

    Anyone else have another theory?
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2009
    I don't have anything constructive to add to this post other than a point of clarification that will help anyone who wanders in here:

    You're referring to the Facebook app's local storage usage on the phone, not Documents & Data usage, which is unique to iCloud, and of which, the Facebook app appears to use none.

    Again, he's referring to local storage, not Documents & Data usage.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    I don't use the Facebook app much, but I took a look and it was using 11MB. I looked at it with PhoneView, and it looks like it has several HTML5 local storage databases being used by WebView within the app. My phone had two for the m.facebook.com domain, one for http and one for https. It looks like it caches all the posts you look at in the app.

    These files are stored in Library/Webview, so they'd be backed up all the time. I'd count that as a bug, but I'm not sure offhand how to fix it.

    For example, here's one of the rows I have in my database.

    {"time":1321899262490,"value":"<a class=\"miniUfiWrap touchable\" id=\"mini_ufi_10150973155485497\" href=\"fb://faceweb/f?href=%2Fstory.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D10150973155485497%26id%3D734005496%26post_id%3D734005496_10150973155485497%26fwcl%3D1%26fwcc%3D1%26fwl%26refid%3D17\" data-meta=\"2_33\" data-sigil=\"touchable ufi-toggle\"><div class=\"miniUfiNub\"><i class=\"img\" style=\"background-image: url("https://s-static.ak.facebook.com/rsrc.php/v1/yz/r/ShK50HIalWH.png");background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:100% 100%;width:11px;height:14px;\"></i></div><span class=\"miniUfi mfss fcl\"><span class=\"like_def\"><i class=\"img\" style=\"background-image: url("https://s-static.ak.facebook.com/rsrc.php/v1/ys/r/anRaP7l7g6d.png");background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:100% 100%;width:13px;height:15px;\"></i>6 people</span><span class=\"like_opt\"><i class=\"img\" style=\"background-image: url("https://s-static.ak.facebook.com/rsrc.php/v1/ys/r/anRaP7l7g6d.png");background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:100% 100%;width:13px;height:15px;\"></i>7 people</span><span class=\"cmt_def\"><i class=\"img\" style=\"background-image: url("https://s-static.ak.facebook.com/rsrc.php/v1/y-/r/m0rbkoSTgw-.png");background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:100% 100%;width:12px;height:16px;\"></i>2 comments</span><span class=\"cmt_opt\"><i class=\"img\" style=\"background-image: url("https://s-static.ak.facebook.com/rsrc.php/v1/y-/r/m0rbkoSTgw-.png");background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:100% 100%;width:12px;height:16px;\"></i>3 comments</span></span></a>"}
  13. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Yeah my Facebook size is 296MB.
    No wonder that it's been running slow and simply, like crap. I wonder if reinstalling it will improve performance.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010
    We'll mine is at 225mb showing in the usage section. Not only that but I had a wallpaper app from the app store to browse wallpapers and save to the camera role for the home screen. It had 989mb data, nearly a gb space taken up off the phone. I had 1.6gb free now I have 2.6 gb free :eek:

    What is it storing on the phone to take up that much space?
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
    After going thru each of my apps and comparing the total size of each app (App size + Docs/Data) it appears Facebook is definitely the biggest offender. I deleted/reinstalled and now I'm back down to 12mb.

    Another thing I'm noticing is my Other (Yellow) data is 2.5 gbs. I'm not quite sure where this is coming from but after a few searches it's still not too clear to me. I cleared my Sarari history/cache but I'm still at 2.3gbs. Started deleting email inbox/sent/deleted items. Cleared a ton of old text messages.

    Haven t had a chance to reconnect to iTunes so hopefully that helps.
  16. macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    If you go to

    Usage > Manage Storage > Click on your backup

    You will probably find out its not backing up all thats stored on the phone...my facebook shows 287mb on the phone, but only 21.4mb on the backup and from the backup page you can stop facebook or whatever app you want from being saved in the backup.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2011
    533MB here.

    damn. wtf! With that much usage I'd like to actually have the app work!
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
    I did notice that however I'm still curious to know why or what the 500mb+ consists of. Also, is the data included in my overal total of Apps or Other data usage. (I'm referring to the phone summary when connected to iTunes)
  19. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2012
    Delete the facebook app and download again- it erases the data save. Took only less than a minute
  20. macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2006
    Seems a little much to have to keep deleting the app and re-installing it. I just checked... 4.5 gig being allocated there folks on my iPhone 5. That's nonsense.
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    And this is one place where Android is ahead of the iPhone. Apple needs to make a "Clear Cache" or similar button. I find myself periodically deleting Facebook, CNN, Twitter, and a few other apps to get some free space back
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    Apple automatically clears caches if they are put in the right place. Facebook put it under library where it won't be touched. Facebook bug.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    If you delete the app and redownload it, you're going to end up downloading a lot of pictures multiple times, and it will eat into your data plan.

    On my phone, Garage band takes a whopping 1.2 GB and i have yet to use it once.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2013
    Pinterest and most other apps have an option to delete this data. FB has neither a cap on this nor an option to delete this wasteful cached data.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Oradea (BH), Romania
    I also Facebook a lot and I have only 100MB of data on my iPhone 5.

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