How to delete/uninstall iPhone apps (iOS 11)

iPhone/iOS FAQ: How do I delete/remove/uninstall iPhone applications?

When I learned how to move iPhone app icons around, I also learned how to remove iPhone apps. Here’s a short tutorial on how to delete iPhone apps.

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Short summary: How to delete an iPhone app

To delete an iPhone/iOS app:

  1. Press the app icon for the app you want to delete, and keep pressing it for a few seconds
  2. When all of your app icons begin dancing around, let go of the app icon
  3. Press the “X” on the app you want to delete
  4. You’ll be prompted with an “Are you sure?” message
  5. Continue as desired

For more information, read the details below on how to delete iPhone apps (now updated for iOS 11).

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How to delete/uninstall an iPhone app (iPhone application)

To delete an iPhone app (application), just press and hold the app icon for the app you want do delete. (Don’t do a force-press, just press it lightly.) When you press on the icon for a second or two, all of the app icons will appear to get nervous and start wiggling in place. When this behavior starts, all of your third-party iPhone applications will show an “X” icon in the upper-left corner of their app icon, as shown in this iOS 11 screenshot:

How to delete/uninstall iPhone iOS 11 apps

As it turns out, the iPhone app icons have good reason to appear nervous: you can now do things to them, including moving or deleting them.

At this point you can delete an iPhone app by pressing that “X” in the upper-left corner of the app icon. When you do this your iPhone should prompt you with some form of “Are you sure you want to delete this app?” message. The message may vary depending on the app you are deleting.

In my case, when I started to delete an iPhone app, I was prompted that I hadn’t backed up my data for that app, but it was no big deal, it was just a free app that I downloaded and installed, but didn’t like.

After you’ve deleted the iPhone apps you want to delete, just press the iPhone “Home” button to get the apps to stop shaking.

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What can go wrong

Note that if you press the app icon too hard you’ll end up using its Force Touch or 3D Touch capability. If this happens, just press somewhere else off of that icon and then try again.

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Deleting iPhone apps from iTunes

You can also delete iPhones apps when your iPhone is connected to your computer and iTunes, but I haven’t been home recently to try that. (I assume I will also see some kind of synchronization-related message related to deleting this application the next time I connect my iPhone to iTunes, but I don’t expect that to be a big deal.)

Note: It doesn’t look like you can delete the iPhone apps that come pre-installed from Apple.

I’ll leave you with this humorous tweet by Bill Murray about deleting iPhone apps:

How to delete iPhone apps

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How to delete iPhone apps in a “waiting” state

On a related note, I get a lot of comments here about iPhone apps that end up in a “waiting” state after you try to install or update them. I’ve gathered up all the information I can find about apps in a waiting state, and put that in one article here: How to update, install, or reinstall iPhone apps in a waiting state.

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I am from UAE.
I have bought Iphone 3G 16 GB last weak. Unfortunately, I encounered problme that, I have been losing credit unit, then, whent i asked network operster,so they answerd me that "weather application turn on, as aresult, YOU lose your credit unit"
Now, How can I turn weather application off, or even delete it?

I look forward for your reply

I'm not sure I fully understand your question, but I'll try to give a few answers, and hopefully one will be right.

If it's a third-party app, you can delete it as described in this article, or even through iTunes.

If it's Apple's built-in weather application that is causing a problem, I don't know how to delete it. But if it's causing some sort of data problem, one possible answer is to go into that application and remove all the cities that are configured from the list. Just tap the Weather app, click the "i" icon in the lower-right of the screen, and then delete all the cities from the list that appear on the back of the screen.

On other thing that comes to mind is what I had to do when I went to Mexico earlier this year. I turned off the Data Roaming service on the iPhone. To do this, tap the Settings icon, then General, then Network, and make sure Data Roaming is off on the next screen. I think I also turned off Location Services (which you get to as Settings > General > Location Services).


I tried holding a icon n it started kinda shakin but there
wasn't a x mark on any of the icons.
Pleez help.

There won't be an "X" in the corner of any app that's included with the iPhone by default (Apple doesn't want you deleting apps like YouTube, Weather, Camera, etc.), but there should be an "X" in the corner of any icon that you have downloaded.

If you have several screens of app icons, it may help to move to the screen that contains the app you want to delete, then press the icon for a couple of seconds. After that, you should be able to delete it.


I can not delete an app. that was in progress— says "waiting". there is no x in the corner ... can anyone HELP?

It might help if you provide some information about what version of the iPhone software you have, and what steps you're taking. I just deleted an old app I don't use any more following the steps I wrote here, and I was able to delete it just fine.

The caveat I mentioned in another post is that I haven't updated my iPhone OS in a little while now, so I'm currently using Version 3.0 (7A341). (You can see this by going to Settings > General > About, and then "Version" will be one of the fields on that screen.)


I think i know what u mean , my bro had the same prob with his iphone and he was losing credit without even realizing it until he contacted his call carrier.
they told him he should stop certain things from using the internet thro the wap and instead use it thro wifi by going thro some steps they explain. so i advise u to contact ur call carrier and ask them how to stop iphone applications from using there internet and instead only use wifi.

from jordan


Hiya. I bought a second hand phone and I can't delete the free games the first owner bought. It will only allow me to delete mine. What can I do?


I'm considering installing another calendar app instead of the one, that are in my iPhone from the factory. How can I remove the calendar that came pre-installed from Apple?

Sorry for the late reply, I've been away for a while. I don't know of any way to remove any of the initial Apple iPhone apps, but you can drag them off to another screen.


I deleted the facebook app because it wasn't working right. When I went to install it again, it says that it is already downloaded ( I've had this happen with other apps too). How do I fix this?

I don't know, I haven't run into this yet, but I thought I'd post your comment here in case anyone else has solved this, or in case you've solved it by now. (Sorry for the late reply.)

The only thing I can think of is to try to delete it from iTunes. If you haven't tried that yet, connect your phone to your computer, and see if you can delete it from there. I don't have my system with me at the moment, but when you select your phone in iTunes, there should be a tab on the right side named Apps or Applications, and you can manage your apps from there as well.

This happened to me as well and is driving me crazy! Have you figured out what to do? I've tried everything.


Thank you! I could not figure it out. It worked! I appreciate it!


The same facebook thing is happening to me too! It's so annoying, someone please help?

Have you tried deleting the Facebook app while hooked up to iTunes? I haven't tried that yet, but that's the only thing I can think of atm.

FWIW, this thread on Facebook makes this look like a known problem. Rebooting the iPhone after a failed installation seems to help some people, but not others.


Hey thanks for the easy to follow instructions. My phone started playing up & my brother directed me here. Phone's working great now since I rebooted it. Not sure if it was the apps or itunes sync function, who cares! It works :)

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yer i have the same problem. the apps where not complete when i turned off the internet so the icons are grey and say waiting. following the normal instructions for removing apps doesnt work as no "x" appears in the corner and they dont shake either. does anyone know how to remove them??

A lot of people have written about their iPhone getting into a bad state when an app they are installing gets into a partially-installed state. If anyone has a solution for this problem, I'd be glad to hear about it. Otherwise, I'll see if I can intentionally do this to my iPhone later this week, and then see if I can figure out the solution.

I'm assuming that the solution is to connect the iPhone to your computer, and then delete the app from iTunes, but I don't know for sure.


re the iPhone App "waiting" and not doing anything else

I simply resumed downloading the app that was loading. I had to "guess" at which app got stuck, based on the ones that were loaded and the one that was missing. I then went to the app store (on the iPhone, not on the PC) and then started the download/install process for the app I thought did not download correctly. Sure enough that fixed the problem.

I have no idea, however, how to figure out which app is causing the problem. I simply guessed and got it right.


Hi,..Good day..I have some sort of I phone problem..which the game apps is not working when I am trying to open will just "say please install the java game"..and I don't what to do..please help


hello every body i just got the i phone 3gs from my friend version 3.0.1 i installed some apps from app store, but i can't delete them, even when i click on them and hold nothing happened and this problem is driving me crazy.... what to do ?


I am really getting annoyed with this problem and need some help.
I have checked every app and checked the firsts apps that were pending and am unable to redownload any.

I have one paused (LoveFilm) and checked that on the App Store but no option to continue the download.

Do you have any more suggestions?


I have some apps on my Iphone that will not delete. One is Swaptunes and the other is an NES emulator... Anyone have any ideas on what to do? I have tried everything.....I even have the program manager tool to delete every file and I do not know how to rid my iphone of these programs... Thanks.

Sorry for the late reply ... did you have any luck with this? If it's really looking for Java, I don't think that will work, as Apple doesn't let Java apps run on the iPhone.


How can I delete the apps from the iphone which are not showing on the main screen?

I have downloaded so many of them that not all of them can be displayed on the main screen.


Color me silly, but I can get the apps to delete, just not sure how to stop the jiggling afterwards.

I was told once when I first got the phone, but have since forgotten.

My icons kept jiggling and probably would have kept jiggling if I hadn't had an alert come on the screen which I answered. When I returned to the home screen, the jiggling had stopped.

I'm positive there is a way though.


The iPhone reboot worked for me! I had about 11 apps with 'waiting' status after I pressed the 'Update' apps button. The update process got stucked until the next day. Today, I rebooted my iphone (press Home button and Power button on top at the same time for about 5 seconds until the 'slide to power down' appears); then 'turn on' your phone and the 'installing' process resumed one at a time. Hope this helps.


Hi, I've deleted an app which wasn't working well and now I need to reinstall it. When I go to app store it is not giving me the option to install as it seems to think I still have it installed. It is still showing in my settings as there but no icon is showing so I'm not sure whther I was meant to completely uninstall from somewhere else.
If u could please help with this that would be great!


Hi, I just downloaded the Dict (Dictionary) app but don't want it anymore. I pressed my finger for the shivering but found no x on the app. How do i delete it now? It's not an app that came with the phone since i just installed it today.


You can try deleting the app through iTunes. Just plug your phone in, go to Devices, then the 'Apps' tab. If that doesn't work, I've heard of people restarting their iPhone or iPod, and they can delete an app properly then.

That's not what the commenter meant. The iPhone only has so much screen space. How do you delete an app that is not showing on ANY screen- meaning all of your screens are filled to the max and any apps downloaded after filling them do not show up in icons and can only be accessed through the search.

Tx for help this worked fine for me, just shutdown as described and then reboot the phone.


Re: How to reproduce the "waiting" state.

Here's how mine happened. I've always used my computer to download app updates and music/videos.
On a whim, one day I decided to update an app from my phone, to get rid of a nag screen. It was Storm8's "Racing Live." Anyhow, I clicked on update, and got the new icon on the phone that said, "waiting." After going through three layers of entering my iTunes password, it tells me that I'm accessing iTunes from a device I've never used to access iTunes before, and that to prove I'm me, I need to re-enter my payment information. Since I didn't have the card on me that I normally use for iTunes... I had to cancel. This left the upgrade in 'waiting' state.

When you download an app paid or free then delete it, a record is kept on your iTunes account that you downloaded it. If deleted by accident or on purpose don't matter you can re-download for free and will tell you you already got this app to re-download press ok.

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Connect your phone to your laptop and sync apps and you can then delete it, that's what I did and it worked fine.

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turn the device off and on, the app will begin or will have downloaded. Then hold your finger on it again and it should work.