Facebook taking up 3GB of data storage

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  1. Beeker27 macrumors newbie

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    iPhone 5, 16GB
    iOS 6
    The documents and data folder of Facebook app is growing daily and is up to 3GB of data (2.9GB of documents and data)
    I have successfully downloaded ifunbox and cleared the cached folder and at most it does 100MB. Which allows me to use FB app day to day. But it's contiuning to eat up space.

    Question: Is there a way to delete all this useless data that Facebook keeps compiling? Or perhaps a way to download Facebook app again on iOS 6, even though the App Store says it requires iOS 7.

    Not an option: Upgrading iOS, Disregarding Facebook completely.
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Uninstall the Facebook app and install it again. That will clear out the cache. Something you might need to do once in a while if/when the cache gets too large for your needs/wants as it grows over time as you use the app.

    Edit: Just realized the iOS 6 part of it all. I believe there is a way to download the last iOS 6 compatible version again from your purchased apps or through iTunes.
     
  3. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    I thought Apple let you download the last compatible app version for your iOS. I guess it is only on devices which can no longer upgrade iOS.
     
  4. Beeker27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have seen other post about this but over a year old and since the App is such an integral part of my business use I can't take that risk without knowing for certain that I can re download the app...
    If someone could confirm that it would help immensely!
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Stop using Facebook. Your life will be better for it!

    If you can't live without if then your stuck. The app caches a lot of crap to make it load quicker.
     
  6. jonblatho macrumors 6502

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    You'd have to sync the app to a computer via iTunes, then delete it from your phone, then sync the Facebook back to your phone.

    Or just update iOS already.
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I use battery doctor. Its a free app from the appstore.
    It clear all apps cashed memory and gives you back your space taken up by "other"
     
  8. Beeker27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried this while it cleaned up some other apps it did nothing to the 2.9GB fb takes up. But thanks.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Weird, it always works for me.
    Maybe cause Im on ios 8 with the latest FB app?
     
  10. Beeker27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very possible I had read facebook had made an update to fix this issue and I have the most up to date version I can for iOS 6, but still no luck.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear you.
    Yes, that ios 6 version of FB you have its probably 10-20 FB updates behind the latest version most of us are using.
     
  12. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    Probably a lot more than that, as Facebook is issuing updates every two weeks now.
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear you.
    They update a lot.
     
  14. Gryfter macrumors 6502

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    either delete and re-download the app...or ditch the app totally and go on FB through your browser...

    I go on FB through Safari and I clear Safari's cache every week... messenger is available though Safari though no notifications...
     
  15. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    Try it with another app which you may not care too much about.
     
  16. gaanee macrumors 6502a

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    Where is the option to clear other apps cache in Battery doctor?

     
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Go to junk, clean up cache.
     
  18. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

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    Download Messenger, delete Facebook app, use Facebook on Safari. That's what I do.
     
  19. Jeff R macrumors 6502

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    I delete & reinstall Facebook & Twitter every time there is an update (which is like every other week).
     

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