Downloading new iOS apps from the App Store is such a simple task that over time it is common for all of us to end up with a bunch of apps installed on our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that we hardly ever use . This, coupled with limited device storage space, can become a problem.
If you’re like most iOS users, deleting apps you don’t usually use can be a good way to reclaim storage space, make your device use less battery power, get fewer unnecessary notifications, and also require fewer regular app updates.
Deleting an iDevice app doesn’t mean you’ll lose it forever. You can re-download it from the App Store if you need it at any time, but the reality is that you probably have apps installed on your device “just in case” and you go months or even years without using it.
If you want to get rid of the burden of unused apps in the following lines we explain the most common methods for uninstalling iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch apps .
From the iOS main screen
It’s the most common and usually the fastest method if you’re only going to delete one app and you know exactly which one. Basically what you do is keep your finger on the icon of any of the apps on your device until you see them all start moving.
When you do so, you’ll also see an X icon in the upper left corner of most apps (the ones that don’t show it are the native iOS apps that can’t be uninstalled). Tap on that X in the app you want to remove and confirm with the context menu that it will appear to remove it completely.
It is important to note that when you delete an app you also delete the contents stored in it . For example, if you delete a note app that is not in sync with the cloud, the notes will be lost when you uninstall the app (unless it is the native iOS app).
Another good way to permanently remove apps from iOS devices is to do it from Settings – General – Storage and iCloud – Manage Storage .
In this path you will see a list of all the apps installed on your device and, one very important thing, the space each one takes up (the list is generated by showing the ones that take up the most at the beginning and the ones that take up the least at the end). This list is a great help in deciding which apps to delete, because if you see one that you never or hardly ever use and takes up a lot of space you’ll decide to delete it first.
To remove an app from this menu, you must tap on the app you have decided to delete and tap on the option Delete app .
From specialized software
Using specialized iOS device management software is also a great alternative, especially if you want to be able to delete a lot of apps in a few clicks .
In my case the option chosen is iMazing because of all the features it offers, the good design and the confidence that has been gained with each program update that makes it better than the previous version.
Using this software what you have to do is to connect the device to the computer with the software open, click on the option Applications and once they load select all the ones you want to uninstall (hold down the Command key and click on each app you want to delete to select them all) and then confirm by pressing the button Delete .
In addition, from this software you can also choose to copy the applications to the computer in case you want to save a local copy and be able to recover it at any time or restore an app to its initial state (the one it had when downloaded from the App Store among other options.
In this article you can find more information about the possibilities of iMazing.
iTunes can also be used to uninstall apps from iOS devices , although as with many of the features this software offers it is not very convenient or intuitive.
To do this you must connect the device to the computer with the USB cable, open iTunes and access the device management screen. Once there, you must access the Applications tab from the side menu and at this point you have two options:
- Click on Remove in all the apps you want to remove in the list that appears on the left and then click on the Apply or Synchronize button.
- Click on each page on the right and uninstall the apps by passing the mouse over it and clicking on the X-shaped icon that appears in the apps.
As you can see, the process is not as simple as the other options, but the option exists and if you’re a regular iTunes user you may prefer it to others.