The App Store allows you to download and install virtually any application you can think of on your iOS device. Unfortunately, your storage space is limited. You may find yourself having to uninstall an app or two from time to time. It could be a game you no longer play. It could be that you’re making changes to your smart home configuration. Whatever the cause, here’s how to delete iPhone apps in a matter of minutes using only a few easy steps.
Although the procedure itself is straightforward, the steps for iOS 14 are slightly different from those for iOS 13 and older versions. We’ll walk you through each method one by one. Let’s get this party started.
How to Delete iPhone Apps?
- iOS 13 & Older
- iOS 14
- Delete apps from the App Library
1: iOS 13 & Older
If you have an older device or haven’t yet upgraded to iOS 14, the processes are really straightforward. Simply scroll to the home screen page containing the app you wish to uninstall. Then jiggle the app icon. Apps you can delete now have a little “x” in the upper left corner. Tap the x, then the red Delete button.
Here’s a basic rundown:
- Scroll to the app’s home screen.
- Long-press until the app wiggles.
- Tap the x in the app’s upper corner.
- Hit the red Delete key.
That is all. You emptied your iPhone of an app. It only works with older iOS devices, so keep reading if you have iOS 14.
2: iOS 14
Many iPhone owners are already on iOS 14, which makes uninstalling apps a little more difficult. It’s not difficult, but there are a few extra hoops to clear.
Long-pressing an app brings up a menu of options. Depending on the app, the most crucial option is Remove App. Instead of deleting the app, it moves it to your App Library.
Here are the steps:
- Long-press the app to uninstall.
- Wait for the quick menu to display.
- Tap Remove App.
- Your app is now in the App Library, not on your home screen.
To permanently delete an app, you need to follow a few more steps. If you only wanted to tidy up your home screen, you’re done now.
3: Delete Apps From the App Library
After removing an app from your home screen, you can delete it from your App Library. Swipe left until your library appears. Then use the search bar to find the app. Press and hold the app to get a smaller list of alternatives. Tap Delete App and confirm your choice. You may always re-download the app later.
Here are the steps again:
- Scroll to the left to access your App Library.
- Find apps to delete using the search bar.
- Long-press the apps to see more possibilities.
- Click Delete App and confirm your choice.
That’s it. Delete iPhone apps on any iOS version now. It shouldn’t take long either way, and you can always use the extra space for more intriguing apps.