Uninstall Applications on iPhone and iPad

Sometimes, you may download some apps and never use them again. Or you just might not like them anymore, and they are taking up a considerable part of your iOS device’s memory. What do you do to make room for new stuff? In this post, I’ll tell you how to uninstall applications from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The iOS operating system that Apple uses to run its devices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, is known to be different from other operating systems such as Android and Windows. Dealing with an iOS device needs some patience at first and some getting used to, especially for those who are used to Android devices and switched to iOS.

Apps for iOS devices can only be downloaded from the App Store, directly on the device or using iTunes. The App Store automatically downloads the latest versions of the apps to your device. And once you make updates to the OS or to an app, it can’t be undone easily.

Downloading apps from other sources than the official App Store is not possible unless you jailbreak your device. Jailbroken devices are able to download apps from Cydia. But I have to warn you that this could seriously damage your device, so this should be done with extreme caution.

How to uninstall applications on iPhone and iPad

There are several ways to uninstall applications on your iOS device:

You can delete apps directly from the home screen of your device. On the springboard, tap and hold the app you want to delete. Your screen will start to wiggle and shake in a few seconds, and you’ll find an “X” on the corner of the apps you’ve installed via the App Store. Tap the “X” on the app you want to delete; you will be asked to select “Delete” or “Cancel”. Choose delete.

If you have signed in to your iTunes account from this device, and used it to download these apps, they will be listed in your iTunes Applications as well. This means they will be re-installed the next time you sync your device unless you remove them from your account. Otherwise, you can set iTunes not to allow automatic syncing of applications, and keep the app in your iTunes account.

What to do if there is no “X” on the app when it’s wiggling? Some apps aren’t removable from iOS devices. These apps are pre-installed on the device, like system apps on an Android. Go to “Settings”, “General”, “Restrictions”. You’ll be required to enter your security code. Then, turn off the app that you want to delete; you’ll find that it doesn’t exist on your home screen anymore.

You can also uninstall applications from the settings menu. Go to “Settings” on your iOS device, find “General”, and then “Usage”. Select “Show all Apps” to see all the Apps on your device. Now, tap on the one you want to uninstall; then, choose the “Delete App” option.

Notes on uninstalling apps on iOS

Deleting an app’s update: In iOS, it isn’t possible to directly downgrade apps to a previous version. You can only do this by deleting the app and reinstalling the older version from a download center other than App Store. If updates bother you, you can stop automatic updates by going to “Settings”, “App Store”, “Turn automatic updates off”. But remember, if the device’s operating system was updated, older versions of apps may not run properly and you may need to update them.

Deleting paid apps: If you delete a purchased app that you paid for, you can install it again without paying any extra costs. You just have to use the same account you used for purchasing this app. And of course, the username and password of the account are always required.