Delete, Remove & Uninstall: How to Get Rid of Apps on the iPad

Getting rid of unused and unwanted iPhone and iPad apps can feel like a chore. In this article, we'll cover how to remove unwanted apps using your iPhone's Settings menu. Most people know how to delete apps by tapping and holding an app icon until they all start wiggling (though sometimes a setting doesn't allow this until you fix the setting), but did you know there's another method to offload apps from your iPad and iPhone? This alternate app-removing option is perfect for someone who needs to delete multiple apps quickly. Let's go over the two methods for erasing apps and freeing up storage space on your iOS device.

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How to Uninstall Apps on an iPad or iPhone

There is no difference between deleting and uninstalling or removing apps from iPad. If you get rid of apps that you later decide you need, you can visit your Purchased list in the App Store to re-download any apps you’ve bought in the past with the same Apple ID. These methods will work for all your iOS devices, be it iPad, iPhone, or an iPod touch.

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The Standard Way to Delete Apps on iPad (or Other iOS Device)

  • From any Home screen on your iPad, tap and hold an app icon until they all start wiggling.
  • When the apps begin to wiggle, you’ll see X’s in the upper left corner of the app icons.
  • If you don’t see an X, it’s an Apple app that can’t be deleted.
  • To delete an app, tap the X.
  • You may need to confirm Delete if a message pops up.
  • Tap the Home button to exit and go back to normal app view on Home screen.

That’s one way, and it’s very effective. But some people have trouble getting the apps to wiggle, or press too hard and bring up the Quick Actions menu instead of the option to uninstall. For those of you looking for another method, here's a way to delete apps from Settings on your iPad.

How to Quickly Remove Apps from an iPad (or Other iOS Device)

When you remove something through the Settings app, you'll be given the option to delete the app manually. We'll cover how to delete apps using the Settings app in this section. Before we get started, you should know the difference between "offloading" and "deleting" an app. Offloading an app will not remove an app from your iPad. Instead, the Offloading option removes and saves the app's data, so that your device functions more smoothly. Deleting an app removes the app entirely, including any settings you saved, like a user name or password associated with the app. So, if what you want is a permanently removed app (that you could reinstall later via the App store) then follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on iPad.
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  • Tap General.
  • Select iPad Storage.
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 You’ll see a list of all the apps you have downloaded on your iPad.

  • Tap on an app you want to delete.
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  • Tap Delete App.
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  • Confirm Delete app.
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Go through the list and delete all the apps you want to remove from your iPad. That’s it; these are the two easiest, fastest ways to delete apps from an iPad. You can use these tips to delete apps from your iPhone too.

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