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If you enjoy watching videos, playing games or listening to music on your phone, you probably have “downloaded files” that you just don’t use or like. When these files start to pile up, they can limit your phone's memory. Therefore, you should know how to delete downloads on phone and always clear out the downloaded files regularly so as to save storage space, boost your phone’s performance and make it easier to find some of your most valuable files.

Part 1. How to Delete Downloads on iPhone

dr.fone (Mac) - Data Eraser (IS) (or dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS)) provides you with the best way to delete downloads on iPhone (iPhone 7 included), iPad and iPod. The software is perfect for anyone who would like to sell, recycle or donate his iPhone as it ensures that private data remains private forever. It erases all types of existing and deleted data with 100% unrecoverable, even with the latest data recovery tools.

Key Features of dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS):

  • dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS) is perfect for freeing up space and speeding up iOS (iOS 10) devices.
  • The software supports iPhone photos files compression and backup to computers, saving iPhone's storage space.
  • You will be able to remove junk files from your iPhone (iPhone 7 Plus) with just a click.

dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS) 

  • It features five data erasing modes which guarantee efficiency, (Erase All Data, Erase Deleted Data, Express Cleanup, Erase Private Data, and Photo Compressor).

Step-By-Step Guide on How to Delete Data on iPhone

Step 1 Download, Install and Run the Software

Whether you have a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac, you will be able to download and use either the trial or full version of dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS) with ease. Once the download process is complete, click on the downloaded file and drag it to "Applications" to install the software on your Mac. You can then launch it by double-clicking on its icon.

download and launch the software

Step 2 Connect iPhone to Mac

Use your iPhone's USB cable to connect the two devices. dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS) will then detect your iPhone and show its details in the primary interface.

connect your device to mac

Step 3 Select the Data Erasing Mode

Navigate to the left side of the main software's interface and select "Erase Private Data" option. A window will then open showing the file types that you can erase.

select data erasing mode

Step 4 Analyze and Scan Your iPhone

Click on the "Start" button and the software will analyze and scan your iPhone (iPhone 7 supported). You can stop the analysis if you like.

analyze and scan your iphone

Step 5 View Your iPhone Data Details

Once the scan is finished, all your iPhone's data are displayed in the software's interface. Click on any data to check the details.

view data details

Step 6 Delete Downloads

Check the files that you would like to delete and then click on the "Erase Now" button to erase them. In the pop-up window, just type "delete" so as to confirm your intentions and then click on the "Erase Now" button again to start clearing the downloaded files from your iPhone.

delete downloads

Part 2. How to Delete Downloads on Android

Some Android phones come with a "Downloads" app where all the downloaded files can be accessed. Others feature a download manager app "My Files". If your phone doesn't have these two apps, you can still install a download manager from Google Play Store and clear the "Downloads".

Step-By-Step Guide on How to Delete Downloads on Android

Method 1: Deleting From "Downloads" App

1. Tap on the "Menu" button.

tap on Menu button

2. Press on the "Downloads" app to launch it.

press on Downloads app

3. Select the data that you would like to delete by tapping on the check boxes. Alternatively, you can touch and hold the item that you want to delete and then the trash bin icon will appear on your screen.

tap on the check boxes

4. Tap on "Trash Bin" icon located on the top-right corner of your screen to clear "Downloads".

clear Downloads

5. Tap on the "Home" key so as to return to the Home screen.

return to Home screen

Method 2: Deleting From File Manager or Download Manager

1. Tap on the "My Files" app.

tap on My Files app

2. Alternatively, you can install any reliable download manager from Google Play Store. Some of the most widely used include ES File Explorer and Astro File Manager.

install any download manager

3. After installing and opening the application manager, or if you open "My Files" app, a screen will appear with folders of all the files on your phone. Just locate the folder that is marked "Downloads" and open it. That's where you will access all the downloaded files. However, pictures and videos may be located in the pictures and videos folders respectively.

open Downloads

4. Locate and then long press the files that you would like to delete. Tap "delete" from the menu that appears. You are also free to select multiple files before you can tap the "delete" icon.

delete Downloads

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