4 Ways to Remove iOS Apps from Your iPhone or iPad


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Applications on the iPhone or iPad are really interesting things and at the same time the best thieves of our precious time. Now, on the App Store, you can find so many funny, entertaining and beneficial applications that your eyes will scatter and it would be hard to choose only one thing. We have a desire to download and try as many interesting or useful apps as possible.

Unfortunately, the iPhone has a limited memory, and if all these applications fill it, eventually you’ll face a lack of space. I bet, you have several (or even many) applications that you’ve never opened? You should periodically clean your main menu of those things since they crowd your iOS device and take up much space. Let’s get rid of unwanted iPhone and iPad applications quickly with these four useful ways.

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Tap and hold any app’s icon – you will see the apps wiggling, and the X will let you delete them.

1. Tap and wiggle

This is certainly the simplest way to remove unnecessary apps from your iOS device. The first thing you do is tapping and holding any app icon on the main menu. When all icons start wiggling, you will see a sign of ‘X’ at the left corner on each item. However, some of them are default applications, which don’t have the ‘X’ and cannot be deleted from your smartphone.

In order to delete an application, click ‘X’, and then click Delete in the Displays dialog box. But be careful: when you remove an app by tapping ‘X’, you lose all stored data, settings, completed levels, and other related information.

2. From Settings

iOS 11’s Offload Unused Apps setting.

Deleting needless applications from an iPhone or iPad can be done from the Settings app. In your iOS 11, click Settings> General> iPhone Storage. You will see a list of all your apps at the bottom of the screen. Using this list, you may discover how much storage space each app takes. This means not only the app itself but also its data, accompanying files and updates. Now you can easily determine what is excessive and takes up too much space. Just tap on the app’s name, and then tap Delete App.

The other beneficial setting you’ll find here is the one called “Offload Unused Apps”, placed above the app list. With this option, you can get rid of apps that you don’t use in a second. The main point of this setting is that it doesn’t delete documents and associated data, so you can reinstall the app and use it as if nothing had happened. Get it in iOS 11 via Settings> iTunes & App Stores.

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3. From iTunes on Mac

Apple has recently removed the iOS App Store with iTunes 12.7 so that the users cannot manage their applications within that very app. But if you haven’t upgraded to iTunes 12.7 on your Mac, and still use 12.6.3, this piece of information will be useful for you.

When you uninstall applications from your iOS device, iTunes will not copy them back to your device when you sync it.

If you want to dispose of unwanted apps once and for all, then go to iTunes and select an Apps library. Click on the application you want to remove and press the Delete key. Confirm it in another dialog that appears next.

Right-click on an app in the iTunes library and choose Delete.
Right-click on an app in the iTunes library and choose Delete.

Furthermore, you can delete them from your iTunes library, though, it would be clever to keep them in a folder on Mac. In case you didn’t know, here’s a short instruction for you to view the apps in the iTunes library. Click the View menu, then select View as List. Click the Purchase Date header to sort your apps by date.

If you don’t see a Purchase Date header, click the View menu again, choose Show View Options, then in the pop-up window, look through the Stats section and select the Purchase Date checkbox. Besides, you can right-click an empty title in the iTunes list to select Purchase Date from the pop-up menu. Purchase date also means the app’s download date or the date of the last update, etc.

4. When updating via iTunes on Mac

If you need to remove apps from the iTunes library, there is one useful way left for you. When you notice your apps need updating, go to iTunes’ Update section. There, you’ll encounter a list of new versions of apps to download. Look through that list to find applications you don’t use and never update. Right-click on the app’s icon and select Delete from Library. This will delete the app and its update notification from the iTunes library forever.