Can't Delete Apps From iPhone, 8 Solutions

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Continuous installation of apps on your iPhone has filled the Home screen and you have filled the internal memory of the device. The best way to keep your iPhone running fast is to do some general cleaning every now and then. But what if you can't delete apps from iPhone? How to uninstall an app that won't uninstall from your iPhone, we'll talk about this and more in the tutorial that follows.


Can't delete apps from iPhone? We will explain how to do it!

If you need to delete apps from iPhone that won't uninstall, check out the list of solutions below and you should be able to fix this annoying problem.



1. You can't remove all pre-installed apps

The iPhone's system software, iOS, allows you to delete any third-party app from the iPhone whenever you want. But it doesn't provide the same level of flexibility with its stock apps. You can remove most of them (such as Mail, Calendars and Notes), but not the ones that iOS considers essential, for example Safari, Camera, Clock, etc.

If you can't see the option Delete app only for a particular pre-installed app, it is likely that you cannot delete it from your iPhone.


2. Check the App app library

Starting with iOS 14, you have the ability to access apps via a separate space called the App Library. If you still see an app in your iPhone's search results despite deleting it, you probably accidentally hid it from the Home screen. 

To completely delete the app, open the App Library by swiping left from the final page of the Home screen. Then, locate and long-press the app in its category and tap Delete app. Confirm by tapping Delete.



In the future, the correct way to remove an app via the Home screen is to long press and select Remove app > Delete app. If you choose Remove app > Remove from home screen , you will only hide the app. 


3. Restart your iPhone

If you can't delete apps from iPhone, you may be dealing with a small glitch in the iPhone system software. The same is true if nothing happens after touching Remove app > Delete app. To fix the problem, you need to restart your iPhone.

Start by opening the app Settings. Then, tap Generali > Switch off and drag the icon of power on to the right.

Follow while holding the button lateral device to restart your iPhone. Try deleting the app after.


4. Check the screen time restrictions

If you don't see the option Delete app for any apps on your iPhone, this is typically the result of a restriction imposed by Screen Time.

To check if this is the case, go to Settings > Time Screen > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes and App Store Purchases > Deleting Apps

Se Do not allow is the active setting, change it to Allow. You should then be able to delete the apps on your iPhone without any problems.

Final report: If your iPhone asks you for a usage time code, you must enter it before you can change any restrictions. If you can't remember it, go to the Screen Time main page and tap Change usage time code > Forgot your access code? to reset it using your Apple ID credentials.


5. Bottom 3D Touch Sensitivity

If you are using a 3D Touch-based iPhone (such as the iPhone X) with iOS 12 or earlier, you need to move the Home screen before you can delete apps. 


If you can't swing apps but see an app's context menu instead, try tapping the icons lightly. If the problem persists, go on Settings > Accessibilità > Touch 3D and sets la sensibility al tocco 3D su Media o Firm. This should mitigate the screen's sensitivity to 3D Touch and allow you to move apps again.

6. Delete via Settings

If you are having trouble deleting an app that won't delete from your iPhone via the Home screen, you need to try doing it via the Settings app. Go up Settings > Generali > IPhone storage. Then, select the app you want to remove and tap Delete app.


Instead of deleting an app, you can also choose to download it by selecting the option Download app. This keeps any documents or data related to the app intact. You can then choose to re-download the app at a later time and pick up where you left off.

7. Update iOS

If you are using an outdated version of iOS, bugs and glitches can prevent you from deleting apps from your iPhone. If restarting your iPhone didn't help, try updating the system software. To do this, go up Settings > Generali > Software update

Then, tap Download and install to install the latest version of the iPhone system software. 

8. Check the configuration profiles

If you're using an iPhone released by your school or workplace and can't delete apps from your iPhone, it's probably limited by a configuration profile. This can prevent you from deleting apps on iPhone.


To confirm, go to Settings > Generali > Profiles and device management. If you see a profile listed, tap it to see more details.

If you see an option Remove management , you may be able to remove the configuration profile. But this can also prevent apps on your iPhone from working properly.

Were you able to delete an app that won't delete itself from iPhone?

The App Store is filled with thousands of apps, mostly free, and that makes it ridiculously easy to fill your iPhone with all sorts of junk. If you're having trouble getting rid of them, the above fixes should help you deal with any software-related issues or restrictions that get in your way.

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