Gone are the days of making a junk folder on your home screen full of Apple apps that you never use. If you want to delete Apple apps on iOS 10 in order to keep your iPhone organized, the company has a solution to easily remove unwanted pre-installed apps on its latest operating system. Read on to know more about deleting Apple apps on iOS 10.
After the installation of iOS 10, you can now delete up to 23 apps that Apple already pre-installs on every iOS device.
Here’s the complete list of built-in apps that you can remove from your iPhone:
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
As you can see, some of the built-in apps are responsible for core functionality on your iOS device. That means, removing apps like Mail or Calendar may affect some system functionalities and create problems on your device. Sometimes user data also gets removed along with such applications during uninstallation. Now that you know there might be some consequences to deleting Apple apps on iOS 10 without proper guidance, look down and read our guide on how to do so carefully.
Here’s how to delete Apple apps on iOS 10:
If you want to get more technical about it, you are not actually deleting Apple apps on your iOS 10 device. You are simply hiding the icons and removing all personal data and app settings for the ones you want to delete.
Officially, all pre-installed apps are designed to be very space-efficient; together taking around 150 MB of storage on your phone. Given so, there doesn’t remain much need to clear up space by deleting these apps. Yet, if you wish to delete them anyway, follow the steps below.
- Touch and hold the app you wish to delete until it jiggles
- Tap on small x-icon < Remove
After removing the app, its icon will disappear from the home screen.
As you know, Apple doesn’t offer any particular way to set a third-party app in place of default one. It means if you want to remove Mail icon you cannot ask iOS 10 to use Outlook or Gmail in place of it. That leads to lost functionality while using Siri (e.g., “Siri, send an email” will now prompt you to download Mail). A similar message will show up while tapping on an email address.
However, some of the device features will work with third-party apps. You can still use Siri to add events to your calendar and see entries in some applications while removing the Calendar icon.
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To remove an Apple app is to naturally remove the associated widgets along with Apple watch apps. For example, if you delete the Podcasts from your home screen, then Podcasts won’t be available to use with CarPlay. Likewise, if you delete the Calculator, the calculator won’t appear in Control center.
Reinstalling an Apple app
If you ever change your mind and want to reinstall the deleted built-in apps, all you need to do is just follow these steps:
- Launch App Store< Search the app you want to reinstall
- Enter App name into the search bar
- Tap on Search tab at the bottom-right edge of screen
- Now, tap on Download icon that looks like a cloud with a downward arrow inside it
That’s it! Now, you can easily delete Apple apps on iOS 10 and reinstall them whenever you want.
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