There are some folders in ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ (like XXXXXX~com~companyname~appname) which seems to be left by apps I already removed from all my devices. However, if I delete those folders, they restored back almost immediately. They are not visible in Finder or in iCloud management in System Preferences. How to get rid of them?

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    When I deleted some of mine, the iCloud Drive folder under Finder Favorites also seemed to be stuck forever syncing, through multiple reboots, until I reinstalled those apps and let them fix those folders. I would definitely like to know how to get rid of them.
    – user11633
    Nov 8 '16 at 20:29
  • Have you tried signing into icloud.com, clicking the iCloud Drive button, and deleting them from the web interface?
    – toxefa
    Feb 17 '17 at 19:20
  • @py4on iCloud Drive for web doesn't show those folders. Actually it shows only ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/ and some folders from apps I using, like Automator, Pixelmator, Pages, etc... But there is a bunch of folders created by apps I already removed, and those folders are invisible everywhere except of Terminal ls -a command. Mar 2 '17 at 13:27
  • System Preferences/iCloud/Manage is the official way to do this, but you will find folders for every app you have ever installed. I'm not aware of a correct way of removing them all. If you use the command line cd ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents; du -sk * | sort -rn you will see most of those directories are largely empty. You can always create a new Apple ID and start from scratch :-)
    – MichaelR
    Oct 18 '17 at 0:46
  • This Ask Different question might be related to this one: apple.stackexchange.com/q/180990/122152
    – intagli
    Feb 29 '20 at 16:39

Those should be the same apps listed under System Settings/iCloud/Manage... (button down right next to the bar), so you can delete them there.

  • Well, it works, but not on 100%. Some apps are shown in iCloud Manage on macOS or iOS, but not all. Mar 15 '18 at 7:50
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    It doesn't work for most of them. Sep 28 '18 at 12:29

Have you tried a 3rd party app like 'App Cleaner'? it removes files that are left behind when you just delete an app. It may work in your case.

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    App Cleaner isn't going to touch iCloud data.
    – MichaelR
    Oct 18 '17 at 0:31

You cannot do that, this is how iCloud works.

These folders are how iCloud is designed to work, so you can stop using iCloud or forget about your intentions for a 'clean system'; sorry for saying this but you are not using a Linux flavor.

So, iCloud is not designed to allow you to micromanage it. The folders will be empty if you have no data in that application. [Upadate] This method isn’t working

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