How to Remove Apps From Your iPhone
How many apps are sitting rent-free on your iPhone’s Home Screen right now? If the answer is too high for your liking, you ought to learn how to remove apps from your iPhone.
Deleting the games and software gathering dust in your storage can free up gigabytes of space to use for family photos and home videos. If you’re not ready to delete an app permanently but you want to free up space, try offloading it instead.
There are a few different methods you can use to uninstall or offload apps on your iPhone; we’ll walk you through them.
How to Long-Press to Remove Apps
This is a straightforward option if you know where the app’s icon is. You can also use the App Library to locate and delete an app quickly.
Follow these steps to remove apps from your iPhone:
- Navigate to the app you wish to delete. Give it a long-press.
- Select Remove App from the menu.
- Tap Delete App to permanently remove the app and its data from your iPhone.
You’re all set. That’s all there is to removing apps from your iPhone’s home screen.
If you’d rather, you can also long-press the icon or tap Edit Home Screen until all apps on your home screen start shaking. Then tap the minus (–) symbol and tap Delete App.
If you just want to remove the app’s icon from your iPhone Home Screen, select Remove from Home Screen on step three instead. This will remove the icon but keep the app and its stored data on your phone, which you can access from the App Library.
How to Remove Apps Using the App Library
Swipe from right to left on your Home Screen until you reach the App Library.
From here you can search for any apps you want to delete or find them in the folders. Regardless of which you choose, follow these steps to delete an app:
- Long-press on the app’s icon (not the app’s name!).
- Select Delete App.
- Tap Delete.
That’s it! You’re all set.
How to Remove Apps Through the Settings
You can also delete apps in the Settings app. This method is useful because you can see how much space each app is taking up on your phone before deleting it.
Follow these steps:
- Open Settings and tap General.
- Tap iPhone Storage.
- Scroll down and tap the app you want to delete.
- Tap Delete App.
- Select Delete App again.
Well done, you’re finished!
How to Offload Apps on an iPhone
Offloading an app will remove it from your iPhone while retaining any saved data, which syncs to the app when you want to use it again. The icon will still appear on your Home Screen, but you’ll need to tap it to re-download the app before you can use it.
Here’s how to offload iPhone apps:
- Head to Settings and tap General.
- Tap iPhone Storage.
- Scroll down and tap the app you want to offload.
- Tap Offload App.
- Select Offload App again.
That’s it! Now all you have to do is tap on the app’s icon to download it again—in the meantime, enjoy that extra storage space.
If you’d rather have your iPhone offload apps automatically when you don’t use them for a period of time, go to Settings > App Store and toggle on Offload Unused Apps.
Use Your New Storage Space
Now that you know how to free up iPhone storage space by deleting apps, you might have room to download more pictures from iCloud. This can be done from a number of devices (including the iPhone itself, a Mac, or a Windows PC).
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April 19, 2021 at 07:14AM