How to Delete Apps from iPhone, iPad or iPod

If you have some application in your iPhone or iPad that you don’t need anymore you can delete those apps from iPhone or iPad easily. Method for deleting an app from iPhone and iPad devices is the same since it was introduced the first time. Follow this guide to delete apps from iPhone or iPod Touch.

Note: After the release of iOS 10, Apple allowed users to remove built-in apps ( Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, etc.) Check this guide to see how to delete stock apps from iPhone.

How to delete apps form Apple iPhone or iPad


Locate the app that you want to delete from iPhone or iPod touch


Tap the application icon and hold for a while, application icons will start wiggle and you will get a small (x) icon on each application installed from app store.


Simply Tap that (x) icon and this will prompt to confirm the deletion, tap the Delete button to confirm.

You can see the Skype application you have deleted is no longer available on your device

NOTE: There are some default applications in your iPhone and iPod touch that you can’t delete like Maps, Stocks, Safari, Weather etc.

23 comments… add one
Andy February 18, 2010, 2:07 pm


keli February 19, 2010, 2:07 am

Now its really easy for me to delete apps form iPhone

Jamila February 20, 2010, 8:10 am

Very simple and easy instead of delete and sync with iTunes (heck)

Kamran February 21, 2010, 2:03 pm

There are some apps that have loading icon permanently, delete icon didn’t appear when tap and holing on them. What should i do?

xilo April 14, 2010, 10:58 am

Um. It’s definitely possible to delete the preinstalled apps. I accidentally deleted Maps and can’t get it back now, at least not without restoring, but my iPhone 3G is jailbroken and I’d really like to not lose all my 3rd party apps

trickYguY April 14, 2010, 12:02 pm
Ejulio June 6, 2010, 10:48 pm

There is still some apps i cant delete, like games, they dont show any little x in the corner if it..

trickYguY June 7, 2010, 8:24 pm

To delete iPhone apps that you have installed from Cydia, you have to use Cydia to remove those apps.

Nathan June 19, 2010, 6:34 pm

Go to Setting>>> General>>> Restrictions>>> Enter a Password>>> Enter again>>> Turn off unwanted default apps>>> click home button>>> View where the default apps you tuned off used to be>>> They wont be there!!! (Have not tried with a jailbroken iPod)
Hope it helps!

raf February 7, 2013, 11:55 pm

This works for jail broken iPod touch as well. Great tip.

sharma December 8, 2010, 7:27 pm

Thanks for the tip. Worked great. Gave myself gray hairs and just couldn’t find anything that explained it as simply as you did. Bookmarked your site. Step one was exactly what I needed.

BC January 25, 2011, 10:10 am

I have an app that i downloaded from the app store, and now i can’t delete it. Any suggestions? My ipod is jailbroken and i really don’t want to reset it.

Casemods April 9, 2011, 12:04 pm

When I hold an icon, all the icons shake until I hit the home button again

demountbowden40 April 11, 2011, 1:45 am

Thank You Very Much!

Nana Joey Mc January 29, 2013, 2:54 am

My whole iPad has gone silent! My sounds are all on. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me with this problem. I want to be able to hear everything.

Louis King October 8, 2013, 3:08 pm

Thanks. This really helps. Not very good at puter things yet. Lou

Tala January 4, 2014, 2:41 pm

My ipod touch was just trade in by a friend, in other words, its a secondhand, so i dont know its password and i can’t open the RESTRICTIONS on my setting, just to turn off my unwanted default apps, please help me with this…! Im running out of memory on my ipod and i dont know how to remove those useless apps on me… I dont even know what a jailbroken ipod means…

Nathan January 5, 2014, 5:25 am

Entering restrictions only disables the app from appearing on the springboard. It still uses memory I’m afraid. You’re going to have go delete some apps 😐

Shlma February 19, 2010, 5:11 am

At last get rid from some iphone apps, Thanks.

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