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 a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.