Delete files with Cloud Storage on Apple platforms

After uploading files to Cloud Storage, you can also delete them.

Delete a File

To delete a file, first create a reference to that file. Then call the deleteWithCompletion: method on that reference.


// Create a reference to the file to delete
let desertRef = storageRef.child("desert.jpg")

do {
  // Delete the file
  try await desertRef.delete()
} catch {
  // ...


// Create a reference to the file to delete
FIRStorageReference *desertRef = [storageRef child:@"images/desert.jpg"];

// Delete the file
[desertRef deleteWithCompletion:^(NSError *error){
  if (error != nil) {
    // Uh-oh, an error occurred!
  } else {
    // File deleted successfully

Handle Errors

There are a number of reasons why errors may occur on file deletes, including the file not existing, or the user not having permission to delete the desired file. More information on errors can be found in the Handle Errors section of the docs.