How to Delete & Uninstall Apps on an iPhone

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You might want to uninstall apps because your storage is filling up. Or you might be wondering how to delete apps on your iPhone because your home screen has gotten cluttered. It's not obvious how to remove apps from your iPhone, but once you see how it works, it's fast and easy. Let's get started learning how to uninstall apps on your iPhone so you can declutter your Homescreen and free up storage.

Related: How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone (& Find Them Later)

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How to Delete & Uninstall Apps on Your iPhone

  1. Tap and hold an app icon until the quick actions menu appears.
  2. If you only want to remove that one app, then tap Delete App, and then confirm in the pop up by tapping Delete. Note: the quick actions menu offers different options for different apps, so the Delete App option may move around on the menu.


     
  3. If you want to delete a bunch of apps, tap Edit Homescreen. The app icons will wiggle, and an x will appear at the upper left corner of each icon.
  4. Tap the x, then confirm in the popup by tapping Delete

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  5. The app you just deleted will disappear from your screen; tap Done at the upper right corner of your screen if you're finished deleting apps.

That's it! If you change your mind and would like to retrieve any apps you deleted, you can always go back to the App Store and download them again.

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Author Details

Cullen Thomas

Cullen Thomas is a Writer and Producer at iPhone Life, creating tips and guides to help users unlock the full potential of their iOS and iPhone. In addition to writing countless tip-of-the-day articles and many detailed guides, Cullen has spent nine years as an instructor in media and communications at Maharishi University, lecturing on technical and artistic subjects ranging from camera and audio hardware to story-plotting to how to manage a film crew. Cullen answers questions daily about iPhones and iOS as part of the Ask an Editor insider service, and designs curriculum for iPhone Life’s online classes. As a frequent contributor to iPhone Life magazine and occasional guest on the iPhone Life podcast, Cullen likes to talk about security and privacy news, tech, gadgets, and apps, even if nobody asked.

Cullen holds a master’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts. Cullen also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Maharishi University, one in literature with an emphasis in writing and the other in Communications and Media. Cullen’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies from Amphibian Press and TANSTAAFL, and Cullen co-owns a game design company, Thoughtspike games, which builds thought-provoking puzzle games. Cullen is a sci-fi author, a coffee connoisseur, and an iPhone expert.