Storage & Deletion


Anytype is offline first; hence, all data you create will be stored locally first. After that, the data is synced to the backup node and your devices for redundancy. We use a private IPFS network to handle storage. It is a Peer-To-Peer file system that facilitates decentralized data storage across devices. If you wish to bypass the backup node and sync directly (p2p) between your devices, you'll need to connect them to the same local network.
Currently, you can not change the directory of your local data storage. We have it in plans for Q3 2023. You might consider using a workaround from our user as a temporary solution for Windows and MacOS.


Media files are not directly downloaded in overall syncing to save bandwidth. Instead, when that file is requested, it is streamed to your device from the backup node or your devices on the network. For example, if you have a 4K Video, it will be streamed from the backup node or P2P devices to your device. So when you open an object with an image, it downloads. When you press play on video & audio, it begins to download. After that, this file will be stored in the application cache.
Furthermore, we use the deduplication feature to reduce storage. For example, if the same picture is uploaded three times, there is only one image copy stored to reduce storage consumption.
You can remove all the media content from your device via the clear cache option in iOS and Android. This will remove all the data altogether and force the app to sync once again entirely. Since the media download works on-premise, you will remove all cached media and clear some storage.
Because of a legacy file system, some files might disappear from your graph if they are no longer linked to any objects. But fear not; all of your files are still there. We are working on fixing the problem already.


Complete deletion in Bin
At the moment you can only delete the Objects that you've created inside Anytype. At first, you can move them to the bin. Secondly, you can remove them completely from all devices. All your devices will also delete them when getting online. This action is irreversible, so please be careful.
The deleted objects are still accessible in read-only mode, either from the bin, or trough previously added links. You are also able to restore these objects directly trough the read-only mode without needing to go trough the bin.
Types and relations created by Anytype can't be deleted at the moment, but might be deletable in future releases.