Tutorial to Delete Downloads on iPad Pro/Air/mini and Earlier Models

Many users choose to use iPad to deal with daily tasks and work since it has larger screen and higher performance. As time goes by, a lot of downloaded pictures, songs, videos, PDF, apps, updates and more gathered on iPad. You need to learn quickly delete downloads on iPad to free up space and get better running.

However, iOS is a relatively close ecosystem which does not allow you to access folders and delete downloads.

Delete Downloads on iPad

Considering more and more people ask how to delete downloads on iPad, we are going to share the necessary knowledge to clear your iPad Pro/Air/mini or earlier generations. Surely, if you want to delete downloads on iPhone, the methods will be same.

Part 1: How to delete downloads on iPhone/iPad manually

The starting point of deleting downloads on iPad is to manage your storage and look at what content eat up your iPad memory. Open your Settings app and go to "General" > "Storage & iCloud Storage", select "Manage Storage" and check what data types take up more storage.

Delete update on iPad

A software update is usually more than 1GB, so it is the first download that you need to delete on iPad when you want to free up space.

Step 1. Open the iPad "Settings" app; tap your name and head to "General" > "Storage & iCloud Usage" > "Manage Storage".

Step 2. Select the software update download if there is one on the list, tap "Delete Update" and then hit "Delete Update" on warning message to confirm it.

Delete update on iPad

Delete downloaded music on iPad

Step 1. To delete downloaded music on iPad, open the Apple Music app and go to the "Library" tab.

Step 2. Touch "Downloaded Music in Library" to display all downloaded songs on your iPad. Find the song or playlist that you'd like to delete, keep holding the item or use 3D Touch to pop up the menu bar.

Step 3. Tap "Remove" > "Delete from Library" to delete downloads from iPad.

Delete Downloaded Music on iPad

You can check this post to find solutions if your iPhone says not enough storage.

Delete downloaded pictures and videos on iPad

Step 1. Open the "Photos" app from your home screen, and select "Moments" on bottom of the screen to display all photos and videos by moments.

Step 2. Tap Select on top of the screen and touch each downloaded pictures and videos you want to delete.

Step 3. Hit the Trash icon at upper left corner and select Delete [number] Items to confirm deleting downloads from iPad.

Step 4. Then go to the "Recently Deleted" album and delete the items again to remove them completely. Here you may also want to know how to recover recently deleted photos.

Delete Downloaded Pictures

Note: If you want to delete the movies downloaded from iTunes, you have to do it in Videos or TV app.

Delete saved message attachments on iPad

Step 1. Open the Messages app on your iPad, go to any conversation and tap the "menu" icon at upper right corner.

Step 2. On the downloaded attachments screen, scroll down and hold on one of the attachments until the menu bar pops up.

Step 3. Select the "More" option and tick the checkbox in front of each unwanted attachments. After selecting hit the "trash" icon at the bottom and tap "Delete Attachments" on the confirming dialog. If you mistakenly delete some important messages, you can check this post to restore deleted messages with ease.

Delete Saved Message Attachments

Delete downloaded podcasts on iPad

Step 1. Start the iOS Podcasts app from your home screen, and navigate to "My Podcasts" tab from the bottom.

Step 2. Press the "Edit" menu on top of the screen, tap on the "minus" icon in front of each podcast you'd like to delete from your iPad, and then hit "Delete" to confirm deleting downloads from iPad.

Note: iOS saves the downloaded content to corresponding apps, like Videos, iBook and Apple Music. When you need to delete downloads on iPad, you have to access each app and remove them from the app one by one.

Podcasts on iPad

Part 2: How to delete downloads on iPhone/iPad permanently

As you can see, the manual way to delete downloads on iPad is tedious. Is there any solution to remove downloaded content from your iPad in one click? Apeaksoft iPad Eraser is the answer you are looking for. Its key features include:

iPad Eraser

  • Delete downloads on iPad simply. It has the capacity to erase all content and settings on your iPad in one click.
  • Support a variety of data types. This iPad erasing program is able to delete downloaded update, multimedia files, PDF and other documents from your iPad.
  • Protect privacy. It use advanced technology to overwrite downloads and settings on iPad without recovery.
  • The iPad eraser software works on all iPad and iPhone, like iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/6s/5/5s/5c/4, and iPad Pro/Air/mini or earlier.
  • It is compatible with Windows 10/8/7/XP.
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How to delete downloads on iPad permanently

Step 1. Connect your iPad to the best iPad eraser

Install the best iPhone and iPad data eraser on your computer based on your operating system. Connect your iOS device to it with the original USB cable. Start the iPad eraser application and wait for it to detect your device automatically.

iPhone Eraser

Step 2. Set before erasing iPad

Next, you will be presented three options related to erasing level, Low, Medium and High. The higher the erasing level is, the more times iPad is overwritten, and the harder downloads are recovered. Read the onscreen introduction carefully and select a proper erasing level to go to the next step.

Select an Erasing Level

Step 3. Delete downloads on iPad in one click

After selecting erasing level, click the Start button to start deleting downloads on iPad. It may take several minutes to complete the process. When the iPad eraser program tells it is done, disconnect your iPad from the computer.

Delete Downloads on iPad in one Click

Note: iPad Eraser is able to remove all content on your iOS device. If you want to clear iPhone caches, the method will be same. Once the content is erased, you cannot recover them anymore. So, you'd better make a backup with iCloud or iTunes for your iPad. After the procedure, your iPad will restart and you can restore important files from your backup.


In this tutorial, we have discussed how to delete downloads on iPad Pro/Air/mini or earlier generations. Of course, you can follow the common ways to remove data from your iPad in each app and free up space. If you feel the common way is a waste of time, Apeaksoft iPad Eraser could help you simplify the procedure. It allows you to delete downloads on iPad at one time and permanently.

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