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Using an iPhone 5C running iOS 9.1 and Dropbox 4.0.4. The iOS Dropbox app itself is only 55.8 MB in size, however my iPhone is reporting that Dropbox is using a total of 300+ MB in Documents and Data. I have zero files marked as "Offline" within the Dropbox app, so the app should not be storing any Documents or Data locally on my iPhone.
I realize the Documents and Data referenced are most likely the result of recent files being cached by the app, but if this is the case, is there any way to manually clear that cache? Or set a limit of cache size? Currently, uninstalling and reinstalling the app is the only solution I've found, which is far from what I'd consider a "solution". I have to uninstall the app, reinstall it, sign in, wait for 2-factor auth code to enter, set up my Passcode again, set up the Camera Upload again...just a horrible overall process just to clear out the cache.
There are other apps which allow you to either set a cache size, or some that include an option to manually clear the cache. Either one of these options would be better than nothing at all.
I realize the Documents and Data referenced are most likely the result of recent files being cached by the app
Yes, that's correct.
is there any way to manually clear that cache? Or set a limit of cache size?
No, there isn't. They will be removed automatically.
Currently, uninstalling and reinstalling the app is the only solution I've found
Unfortunately, that's also correct.
I believe that is a major issue to be solved, can't be just left that way.
This way the app is practically unusable especially for people like me who have a Pro account and browse Dropbox files at the daily bases. I'd rather move to iCloud if the issue wont be solved.
I uploaded several videos from my iPhone 6 to Dropbox folders and the total space taken by the app and data exceeded 2.2GB!
The only way to "deflate" the unwanted used space on my device was to delete and reload the app.
That is for sure a major flaw preventing a serious use of this app: I'm confident it will be fixed soon.
I actually fixed this issue...by just buying a 128gb iPhone 6s 🙂
Ok, the issue is still there, it just doesn't concern me as much as before when every single used MB on my phone counted. I've got a lot more breathing room now. I'll still "clear the cache" by uninstalling and reinstalling occasionally, but now I'll likely do it once a month instead of 3-4 times a week.
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