How to delete apps on your iPhone or iPad

Practically anything you may want to do with your iPhone can be done thanks to the millions of apps available on the App Store. But the flip side to that is all the apps you don’t truly need, like the games you download once and never play again. 

With so many apps readily available, it’s easy to fill up your phone with them. And so whether you’ve used all the storage on your phone or are just hoping to clean up a bit, you’ll want to know how to uninstall apps on iPhone.

Deleting apps to free up iPhone storage

If you’re running out of storage on your phone then deleting your apps is one of the quickest ways to free up space. While app sizes vary, the average app uses about 250-350 MB, and that’s before updates and the additional data apps accumulate.  

You can see which apps are taking up the most space by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

How to free up space on iPhone without deleting apps

If you need to free up some space on your phone, but can’t bare the thought of deleting any of your apps, then you can check in Settings to see what else is eating up your storage. 

With pictures and videos typically being larger files, it’s common for the Photos app to be the biggest space hogger. Fortunately, you can use an app like Gemini Photos to quickly scan your photo library for things like blurry photos, similar-looking images, and other clutter you don’t need at all.  

Here’s how you can trim some weight off your photo library: 

  1. Download Gemini Photos.
  2. Launch it on your phone to start scanning your library.
  3. After the scan, you’ll see your photos grouped by Similar, Blurred, Screenshots, Notes, and Other. There’s also going to be a Videos module.
  4. Tap through each group to review your photos and move the ones you don’t need to the Trash. Or, you can just tap Delete All in each module.
  5. Tap Empty Trash when you’re done reviewing all photos.
  6. In the Photos app, empty the Recently Deleted folder to get the photos off your iPhone and free up storage.

That said, app data constitutes quite a big share of the Other category in iPhone storage, so if you find yourself not using some apps anymore, go ahead and delete them.

Deleting iPhone apps to actually get rid of them

We all go through phases of using apps. Sometimes you download one, use it every day for a week, and then don’t open it for another six months. If you want to remove said apps, here are a few different ways you can do that.

How to remove apps on iPhone with 3D Touch

Removing apps on iPhone with 3D Touch can take a bit of a lighter touch. If you’re not familiar with 3D Touch, it’s what happens when you press harder on an app’s icon and trigger a quick action menu. And because it’s a similar gesture to moving or deleting apps, it’s common to accidentally bring the quick action menu up. So if you get to step 2 and that menu pops up, or the screen blurs, then you know you’re pressing too hard. Just tap out of it and try again.

  1. Start on your home screen.
  2. Lightly press and hold on the app’s icon.
  3. Wait a couple of seconds or until all the icons wiggle.
  4. Tap the X in the left corner of the icon.
  5. Confirm Delete.
  6. Press Done.

How to uninstall iPhone apps without 3D Touch

  1. Start on your home screen.
  2. Press and hold on the app’s icon until all the icons wiggle.
  3. Tap the X in the left corner of the icon.
  4. Confirm Delete.
  5. Press Done.

How to delete iPhone apps from the Settings

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the app you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete App.

How to erase iPhone apps from your computer

If your iPhone data is synced to iTunes, you can also look through your apps on a bigger screen and delete the ones you don’t want.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select your iPhone in the upper left corner.
  3. Open the Apps tab. You’ll see the list of all your apps on the left.
  4. Select Remove next to the app you want to delete.
  5. When you’re done selecting apps, click the Apply button.

How to restore deleted iPhone apps 

To see a list of all the apps you’ve purchased:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your picture or initials in the top right.
  3. Tap Purchased.

If you’re looking to restore one specific app:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Search on the bottom and then type in the app’s name.
  3. Tap on the cloud icon next to the app.

Removing apps to unclutter your iPhone

Maybe you’ve been experimenting with different apps, trying to find the best one for your workflow, and you went a little crazy on the apps. Then next thing you know, you have pages and pages of them. And worst of all, you won’t be able to find the apps you actually want to use when you need them. 

But even if the apps are starting to overwhelm you, there’s no need to start purging all of them. If you enjoy most of them, you can always organize your apps into folders.

How to organize apps on iPhone

  1. Press and hold on any app icon until they all start to wiggle.
  2. Drag one of the apps onto another app that you want to keep in the same folder. This will automatically create a new folder.
  3. Tap on the folder’s name to change it.
  4. After you’re done with this folder, go back to the home screen and tap Done in the top right. Or, press the home button if you’re using an iPhone that still has one.

Cleaning up and organizing your iPhone can be a tedious process. But whatever your reasoning for deleting apps from your iPhone, hopefully you’ll find these tips and workarounds helpful.

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