Stack Exchange Network
Stack Exchange network consists of 181 Q&A communities including
Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.
Visit Stack Exchange
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It only takes a minute to sign up.
Sign up to join this community
Anybody can ask a question
The best answers are voted up and rise to the top
5 years, 9 months ago
I recently installed VLC on iOS 10 and noticed that there is play history in it on a fresh install.
How does this app preserve data between installs? Should it even be able to?
It doesn't matter whether I restart the phone before reinstall or not.
I forgot to mention that it doesn't have an entry on iCloud in the settings app.
Aug 13, 2017 at 22:10
1,863 4 4 gold badges 24 24 silver badges 47 47 bronze badges
Being an app developer myself, I know that it is possible to store data on the cloud, or in the phone's keychain. Either way, the data is not deleted even if you delete it and reinstall it. Deleting the app makes the data inaccessible, however it is still there. Reinstalling it just makes it accessible to the user once again. Hope this helped:)
Aug 14, 2017 at 2:56
iOS apps can retain data after uninstalling if data is stored on iCloud if the app supports it(see
Apps can also keep data if they store data in the keychain, which you can never clear unless you reset the device.
Aug 13, 2017 at 23:59
4,927 6 6 gold badges 23 23 silver badges 54 54 bronze badges
log in to answer this question.
Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged
By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in accordance with our
Accept all cookies
Necessary cookies only