Delete App

I know what you’re thinking. We all know how to delete an app from iPhone. Simply tap and hold your finger on an app icon until it starts wiggling, then tap the small x mark to delete it for good. That is one method to do it. But there is another way, which arguably can be quicker, depending on what your intentions are.

I routinely go through the folders and pages of my iPhone to delete apps that I don’t use at all, or simply apps that I don’t intend to use in the foreseeable future. I’m kind of a neat freak like this. My motto is “if you don’t use it, delete it.” I typically go through each folder and page of apps and tap on the x mark, then confirm that I do want to delete the app.

I recently stumbled upon a way to have a quick look at all the apps installed on your device, allowing you to delete undesired apps faster.

Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight. If you just need to delete one app, then the usual way is still the best way to go. However, if like me you like to go through a massive cleaning spree from time to time, then read on…

How to delete apps from your iPhone or iPad

Of course, there is the basic way of deleting apps that everybody probably already knows, but for those who might not, here is how to proceed:

1) On your iPhone or iPad, tap and hold your finger on an app icon until all icons start wiggling.

Icons in wiggle mode

2) You will see a little X mark at the upper left corner of each icon. Tap this little X mark to delete an icon.

3) You will then best asked to confirm the deletion. Tap “Delete” to confirm and the app will be deleted from your iPhone or iPad.

How to quickly identify apps you want to delete

First, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage, then tap on the Manage Storage tab under Storage. Here you’ll be presented with a list of all apps installed on your iPad or iPhone. This is definitely not a new feature. This has been around for a while, and it is actually a good way to see how much storage space each app is taking on your device. Note that apps are sorted by amount of storage space they take on your device. It’s obviously not unusual to see the Music, Photos, and Videos apps near the top.

You should see a screen that looks something like that.

App Usage

The best thing about this is that you have direct access to all apps installed on your device in one page. You don’t have to go through all your folders to see what you have installed. This is to my knowledge the best way to see all the apps you have on your device in a simple and convenient location.

How to quickly delete apps

Scrolling through all apps installed on your device, if you find one that you want to get rid of, tap on it, and then tap the “Delete App.” Confirm that you want to delete the app and it will be gone.

delete iPhone app

You can repeat the process for all other apps on your iPhone or iPad.

Again, this method is best used when you want to go through a massive app deletion. If all you want to do is delete one single app, then you’re better off using the good ol’ way of deleting apps.

  • Friendly warning: all comments posted here without having obviously read the post first will be deleted.

    • omrishtam

      THIS /

    • I like how Sebastien always start these articles with the tone “I know you already know how to do it smart-ass. Give the others a chance.”

      I can’t be the only one that peeped that lol

      Now this is just GOLD, tu es super cool. Merci encore une fois pour l’article.

      • I have to start like this to avoid comments from people who don’t read past the headline. It sucks that I have to be so careful with my words on my own blog, but it’s something that I’ve learned works pretty good to give some sort of pre-warning.

    • Jonathan

      Ah, you beat me to it. =)

  • David Terminal Illness Loro

    or just swipe left on the app name from the list…

    • Have you actually tried that? I’m asking because swiping to delete does not work on my iPhone.

      • David Terminal Illness Loro

        my mistake. coulda sworn this used to work. tried on iphone 7.1 and ipad mini 7.0.6 and it didnt work . my bad.

      • sanjeev chahar

        swiping left works only with music.

  • iDude

    The last time i’ve been on that part of the settings is when i was trying to remove an app that somehow downloaded prematurely and doesn’t show an ‘X’ button on springboard.

  • evilmonkey07

    I believe this was one of the features that came around with iOS 5. I generally go around and delete a handful of apps when I don’t ever use them. On my iPad, since I only have the small one, I go through and delete the really large apps, like games, when I’m low. It’s good to see your available storage, and how much space your photos and messages take up.

    • Jonathan

      idk why, but if I go past half full (32 GB device) I start deleting stuff even though I still have 13 – 16 GB available. 😛

  • Adam

    this is my go-to route for deleting apps

  • Jhonny Lennon

    What theme is that?

    • Solstice

      • Jhonny Lennon

        Thanks, man! Greetings from México!

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Nothing shocking here

  • kokeropie

    Setting > General > Usage, I know that for a long time to check what app that takes most of my iphone space. But I never knew that I could delete app from there……. Guess learn something new everyday 🙂

  • Noaaahh

    “My motto is “if you don’t use it, delete it.”” – damn, I wish I could do that! I have way too many apps, but I’m slowly decreasing ;P