How to Remove Apps from the App Bar in Messages

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Lately I've noticed that the app switcher at the bottom of my messages is getting cluttered with icons that I never added. You can remove apps from the app switcher in the switcher's More Options menu. The overabundance of icons on my app bar has made me want to pare down my selection, so I'm not forever scrolling back and forth searching for my favorites. Let's get started learning how to add and remove apps from Messages on the iPhone, so we can have just the ones we need and want available for our texts. 

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To Remove an App from the iPhone Messages App Bar:

  1. Open your Messages app.
  2. Open a message conversation.

    the messages app with a message highlighted
     
  3. Scroll left on the App Bar at the bottom of your screen. (If you don't see the App Bar, tap the App Store icon to the left of the text input box.)
  4. When you reach the oval with the three dots, tap it.

    a message in the messages app with the App bar highlightedThe message app, app bar with the "more options" button highlighted
     
  5. Now you'll see all your Messages apps.
  6. Tap Edit.

    the messages apps list with the edit button highlighteda list of app-extensions in the messages app
     
  7. If you'd like to delete an app from Messages, tap the minus symbol
  8. To add an app, tap the plus symbol.
  9. When you're finished, tap Done.

That's it!

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

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