Not all iPhone and iPad apps are worth keeping. You may download an app or game that you later decide you don’t like, want, or need. To remove the clutter or regain some storage space, here’s how to delete apps on iPhone.
Note: With each version of iOS and iPadOS, Apple adjusts your options for deleting apps. If you have an older version of iOS, you can take a look at our other how-tos for deleting apps or using the offload apps feature. The following instructions apply to iPhones and iPads running iOS and iPadOS 15.
If the app you want to remove is on your Home Screen, whether within a folder or not, you can easily delete it two different ways.
When you long-press an app icon on your Home Screen, this brings up a shortcut menu with various actions. So, tap and hold the icon for the app you want to remove and select “Remove App.” Then, confirm that you want to permanently get rid of the app by picking “Delete App.”
Jiggle mode has been around for a long time and this also allows you to delete apps. Tap and hold the icon for the app you want to delete. You’ll see the shortcut menu appear, but rather than releasing your finger, continue to hold.
The app icons will begin to jiggle, and you’ll see minus signs on the top left corners of the icons. Tap the minus sign for the app you want to remove and then pick “Delete App.”
With the introduction of the App Library in iOS 14, Apple gave users a way to access apps without cluttering up their Home Screens. So if you don’t have the app icon on your screen, you can delete it from the App Library.
Swipe right beyond your last screen until you arrive at the App Library. If you see the app in one of the category folders, tap and hold it. Otherwise, you may need to expand the category folder. You can do this by tapping the smaller cluster in the corner.
Tap and hold the app and choose “Delete App.” Confirm this action by tapping “Delete” when prompted.
One method for deleting apps on iPhone that remains through all iterations of iOS is in the Settings. So, open your Settings and select General > iPhone Storage (on an iPad, it will be “iPad Storage”).
Scroll through the list of apps and choose the one you want to remove. Tap “Delete App” and then confirm by tapping “Delete App” once more.
Because you have various ways to remove apps from your iPhone, you can use whichever is easiest or most convenient at the time.
- › How to Delete Apps on an iPhone or iPad With iOS 13
- › How to “Hide” an App on Your iPhone or iPad
- › How to Uninstall an iOS App You Can’t Find on the Home Screen
- › How to Clear Cache on iPhone and iPad
- › How to Remove Apps and Pages from Your iPhone’s Home Screen
- › How to Remove Home Screen Pages on iPhone and iPad
- › How to Delete or Offload an App on iPhone or iPad
- › The Computer Folder Is 40: How the Xerox Star Created the Desktop