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How do I delete iPhone apps?

It's time to take out the trash

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If your iPhone storage is groaning under the weight of hundreds of apps and games, it’s time to do some spring cleaning. However, getting rid of apps in iOS isn’t immediately obvious to the uninitiated user. Fortunately, we’re here to help: it’s time to pull on the marigolds and delete iPhone apps.

We’re going to run through two methods, but they’re both extremely easy to carry out. The one you choose is up to you, although the second will benefit those with health issues, such as arthritis, where a long button press isn’t practical.

Delete iPhone apps: Method one

Okay, hold onto your hat. First, find the icon of the app you want to delete (the one you would normally tap to get into the app) and press down on it and hold for two seconds.

All of the apps will suddenly start dancing and small white crosses will appear in the top left of the icons. To delete an app, tap on the relevant cross and then confirm your choice by pressing “Delete” (in dramatic red) in the prompt that appears. Done.

Delete iPhone apps: Method two

As slightly more convoluted way of deleting apps is via the Settings menu. Click on the Settings app icon and scroll down to General. From the menu that appears, select Storage.

This will bring up a list of all of your installed apps. To bin one, simply tap on the app and select “Delete App”, before confirming your decision. Note that you won’t be able to delete every app: some of them are baked into iOS and are, therefore, indestructible. Looks like it’s your lucky day, Calculator.

And you’re finished – your iPhone can breathe a sigh of relief after shedding the extra pounds.

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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