How to Delete Apps on Apple TV Quickly & Permanently

What to Know

  • Learn how to delete apps from Apple TV in two quick ways.
  • Deleting an app will remove the app's data, which might not be restored if you choose to reinstall it.

Did you install an app on your Apple TV you no longer need? Learn how to delete Apple TV apps to navigate your apps list in two quick ways to free up space. In this article, we'll go over how to delete apps on Apple TV from your Home Screen and from your TV's Settings.

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How to Delete Apps on Apple TV's Home Screen

The simplest way to delete Apple TV apps is to do it from the Home Screen. Depending on your model of Apple TV, this may hide the app rather than deleting it. Here's how to delete an app from Apple TV:

  1. To delete Apple TV apps, you must first go to your Home Screen and select the app you'd like to delete or hide.

    Select app
  2. Press and hold your Apple TV remote's touchpad until the app icon begins to shake.

    Press touchpad until app jiggles
  3. When the on-screen prompt comes up, press Play/Pause on your remote to open options.

    Click play/pause
  4. Select Delete.

    Select Delete
  5. Confirm Delete.

    Confirm Delete

Now you know how to delete apps on Apple TV! If you delete an app, you will also delete its data. If you want to learn to close apps on Apple TV instead, read this. To learn more about app management for all your devices, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

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How to Delete Apple TV Apps via Settings

You can also go to Settings on your Apple TV to delete an app. You can always re-download the app again if you change your mind. Here's how to delete apps on Apple TV via Settings:

  1. Go to Settings.

    Go to Settings
  2. Click General.

    Click General
  3. Find Manage Storage.

    Click Manage Storage
  4. Scroll to the app you'd like to delete and click on the trash icon to delete it.

    Click trashcan
  5. Confirm that you'd like to delete the app.


Now that you know how to delete unwanted apps from your Apple TV, you should be able to easily declutter your device or make space to install new apps. Next, learn how to add apps to Apple TV to replace the ones you deleted!

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, they have six years of experience writing about technology for everyday users, specializing in iPhones, HomePods, and Apple TV. As a former college writing instructor, they are passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why they love helping readers master the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. They have a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When they’re not writing for iPhone Life, they’re reading about maritime disasters, writing fiction, rock climbing, or walking their adorable dog, Moosh.