How to Delete Apps from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

This brief tutorial will show you how to delete Apps from your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod Touch.

So you’ve downloaded an App from the App Store and have now discovered you don’t really want or need it. You’ve got two choices. You can delete it and all of its files and settings, or you can delete it and leave those files and settings in case you decide to install it again later (which Apple calls “offloading”). Typically, those files and settings don’t take up much space on your device, especially compared to the App itself. We’ll cover both scenarios.

Delete the App and its files and settings

  1. On your Home screen, locate the App you want to delete. Tap on it and hold your finger down until a menu pops up. Select Remove App from that menu.
  2. an iPhone icon with the context menu displayed and Delete App

  3. Tap Delete App
  4. an arrow pointing to the Delete Apps button for an iPhone App

  5. Now tap Delete
  6. Delete Apps from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

  7. Of course you can re-install this App again if you want, but none of your previous settings will be saved.

Delete the App but keep its files and settings (offloading)

  1. Tap the Settings button then scroll down and select the General section.
  2. the iPhone Settings screen with an arrow pointing to General

  3. Select iPhone Storage from the list of options.
  4. an arrow pointing to the iPhone Storage option of the iOS Settings

  5. This screen has a graph at the top that shows you how the storage on your device is being used, and then a list of all the Apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Scroll down to the App you want to “offload” and select it.
  6. the iPhone Storage section of the iOS Settings with an arrow pointing to the Google Keep App

  7. Here you can see how big the App is and how big its files and settings are. By offloading the App, those files and settings will remain but the App itself will be deleted. That means if you decide you want to use the App again in the future, you can reinstall it from the App Store and all of the files and settings from the last time you used it will be imported – which means you can continue using it as if it was never uninstalled. Tap the Offload App button if that’s what you wish to do.
  8. the App Storage settings in iOS with an arrow pointing to the Offload App button

  9. Tap Offload App again when the confirmation message appears.
  10. an arrow pointing to an Offload App button

  11. Now the App is gone, but its files and settings are still there. You can tell an App has been offloaded by the small ‘cloud’ icon in front of its name.
  12. an offloaded iOS App

  13. The App icon will still remain on your Home screen or App Library, but it will have that same small ‘cloud’ icon in front of its name. If you tap the icon it will download itself from the App Store again and then open up.
  14. an offloaded iOS App on the Home Screen

  15. That’s it! Now you know how to delete and offload Apps from your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

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