How to delete apps on iPhone and iPad (iOS 16)

On the iPhone, unused apps typically take up space. Some even use up RAM on your phone while running in the background, slowing it down. In order to clear up space and speed up your iPhone, it is usually preferable to delete such apps.

This straightforward instruction demonstrates how to uninstall an app from your iPhone permanently or only unload it without erasing the app’s data.

How to delete apps from iPhone home screen

  1. Long-press a space on your screen until all the app icons start shaking.
  2. Tap the minus (-) icon at the top-left of the app you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete App.
    You can delete more apps this way if you want.
  4. Finally, tap Delete to confirm.

    Permanently delete app from iPhone Home Screen

Alternatively, you can just tap and hold the app on the Home Screen → choose Remove App → Delete App → tap Delete again to confirm.

Tap and hold app, choose Remove App, Delete App, Delete again to confirm

How to delete apps from App Library on iPhone

  1. Go to the App Library → tap and hold the app you wish to delete.
  2. Choose Delete App → tap Delete to confirm.

    Delete app from App Library on iPhone

How to delete apps from iPhone via App Store

  1. Launch the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Click on your profile icon at the top right corner of the app.
  3. Scroll down to see a list of apps installed on your iPhone.
  4. Long-press the unwanted app and tap Delete. Then tap Delete again to remove it from your iPad or iPhone.

    Delete app from App Store on iPhone

How to delete an app and still retain its data on iPhone

If you want to remove an app without deleting its data, it’s easy on the iPhone or iPad. However, reinstalling such an app restores the retained data.

  1. Go to your device’s Settings → General.
  2. Go to iPhone Storage.
  3. Tap the app you want to offload.

    Tap on General, iPhone Storage, and select app on iPhone
  4. Selected Offload App. Tap Offload App once again to confirm your choice.

    Delete app and still retain its data by Offload App on iPhone

Why can’t you delete certain apps on your iPhone?

You might be wondering why certain apps on your iPhone or iPad won’t erase. Simply put, unless you root or jailbreak your iPhone, native or developer apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone or iPad cannot be removed.

As a result, among many other built-in apps, you cannot erase Messages, Phone, Settings, TV, Apple Music, Calendar, Weather, and FaceTime.

Signing Off

In most cases, managing your storage space is crucial to optimising your iPhone. Redundant apps consume storage space, impede the speed of your device, and may negatively affect the aesthetics of your home screen. Your iPhone or iPad will run faster and perform better if you delete app data or cache files, remove unused or redundant apps, and remove unneeded app files.


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