In my iCloud storage it says that just over 100kb are being used by Pages. I used to use Pages a while back but never saved anything to iCloud drive. On checking iCloud drive there were no documents in there. I'm confused about what data Pages is saving to my iCloud - I know it is a very small amount of memory taken up but just wanted to know if anyone knows what might be saved in there and if it safe to delete it.

There is also around 20kb taken up by iCloud drive - other documents, no idea what this is either.

As seen in the screenshots below there are no documents in either section - just 'data' - whatever that is.enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

  • did you see the trash of iCloud or recently deleted items there ?
    – anki
    May 31, 2020 at 15:08
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    100k and 20k is a tiny amount of data and is likely accounted for by filesystem metadata. May 31, 2020 at 16:13
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    @bmike I have attached a screenshot, just want to understand what it is really and if I delete it then what am I actually deleting as I don't know what it is in the first place
    – user234027
    Jun 1, 2020 at 11:57
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    Perfect - iOS is seeing data that didn’t sync up. If you’re happy nothing should exist online - tap the delete on iOS to let it purge itself. I wouldn’t worry since it’s parts per million - likely the image for the folder or some generated data that’s left when you make one document and then delete that only document.
    – bmike
    Jun 1, 2020 at 18:24
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    Also - I’ll make an edit later tonight showing how to see the files on macOS in terminal - great info so far
    – bmike
    Jun 1, 2020 at 18:51

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If you happen to have an iPhone, it becomes a lot easier.

Currently, I guess that you’re getting the 100kb data via System Preferences -> iCloud -> Manage Storage -> Documents.

This only shows you the used space and a button to delete all there is. That is bad UI.

On iPhone’s equivalent of that setting, you find all documents listed. So since you tagged your post with iPhone too, give it a try.

If that also fails, download the relevant data from



There’s no harm in cleaning up iCloud Documents. I go to the web interface since then I’m 100% sure I see what’s actually in iCloud and not what’s temporarily synced to a device - sometimes a device can lag or get stuck. Cleaning the source is my best advice.

Before you delete - review recently deleted items and purge them if you want. Then delete all the files you don’t want. Once that’s done on the server side, review that each Mac and iOS device sees the delete or clean out local copies they have that didn’t sync up correctly.

In your images - you can safely clear the data, but if you do the math 101 KB divided by 5.0 GB is 20 parts per million (25 ppm if you include all the other documents as well). It’s not even a rounding error.


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