3 ways to delete (uninstall) apps on your iPhone or iPad
Anyone who owns a smartphone has at least a couple of apps that they like and use. However, we also download and install apps that we want to test or apps that we use for a while after which we forget that they exist on our smartphones. If you have an iPhone or iPad and your storage space is limited, you might want to keep an eye on the apps you have and those that you use. As we all know, if you do not do that, the number of apps on our smartphones can build up quickly, leaving no storage space for other things like your vacation pictures. Here is how to uninstall or delete, some of the apps that you do not use, from your iPhone or iPad:
NOTE: This guide applies to iOS 11.4, and it was created using an iPhone SE. If you are using a different version of iOS, an iPad or a different iPhone model, our screenshots might be slightly different from what you see on your screen, but the steps involved should be similar.
Method 1. Uninstall apps from your iPhone or iPad by using its home screen
This is the fastest and easiest method to uninstall apps from an iPhone or iPad. On your device, go to your home screen and locate the app that you want to get rid of. Then, tap and hold on it for a short while.
When you do that, all the icons on the screen start to wiggle. Also, each app that you can uninstall gets a small “X” button on its top-left corner. Tap the “X” button on the app that you want to delete.
Your iPhone or iPad now asks you whether you are sure that you want to uninstall that app. If you did not change your mind, tap Delete and the app is gone. Otherwise, tap Cancel.
Method 2. Uninstall apps from your iPhone or iPad by using the Settings
You can also use the Settings app to uninstall apps from an iPhone or iPad. Head to your home screen and tap on the Settings icon.
In the Settings app, tap on the General entry.
Next, tap on iPhone Storage (or iPad Storage).
On the iPhone Storage screen, your smartphone tells you how much space each app takes.
Scroll until you find the app that you want to uninstall and tap on it.
On the app’s storage screen, there is a button called “Delete App”. Tap on it.
Your device asks you to confirm that you want to delete that app. Tap “Delete App” once more, and that app is immediately uninstalled.
Method 3. Uninstall apps from your iPhone or iPad by using iTunes 12.6.3
The latest version of iTunes, 12.7, does not let you see or manage the apps found on your iPhone. However, the previous version - iTunes 12.6.3 - offers these features. Fortunately, you can download and install it on your Windows PC, and then use it to uninstall apps from your iPhone or iPad.
If you want to download iTunes 12.6.3, use these direct official links:
After you install iTunes 12.6.3 on your Windows PC, open it and plug your iPhone or iPad to your computer, using its USB cable. Wait for a couple of moments until your PC establishes the connection. Then, in iTunes, look for the small icon that represents your iPhone or iPad, on the top-left area of the window.
On the left sidebar, click or tap on the Apps entry.
On the right side of the window, iTunes loads interactive images of the home screens and app folders from your iPhone or iPad.
Double-click or double-tap on the home screen or on the app folder in which the app you intend to uninstall is located. This gives you a broader view of that home screen or app folder.
Hover your mouse cursor over the app that you want to uninstall, and you should see a small “X” icon being displayed on the app’s top-left corner.
Tap the “X” button, and the app’s icon is removed from the screen. If you want to delete more apps, you can repeat the process.
When you are done, you must also apply the changes. To do that, you must also click or tap on the Apply button from the bottom-right corner of the iTunes window.
Then, iTunes asks you if you are sure you want to remove the app(s) from your iPhone or iPad. Click or tap Remove if you do, and the apps are uninstalled immediately.
How do you delete apps on your iPhone or iPad?
These are the three methods we know for uninstalling apps from an iPhone or iPad. Do you know others too? Do you have a preferred method that you would recommend to others? If you do, please share them in the comments section below.