How do I permanently delete apps from the App Store?

Answered by Michael Wilson

To permanently delete apps from the App Store, you need to follow a few simple steps. Please note that these instructions are for iOS devices, specifically for iPhones and iPads.

1. Locate the app you want to delete: On your device’s home screen, find the app you wish to remove. Remember that you cannot delete pre-installed apps that come with your device, such as Safari or Messages.

2. Press and hold the app icon: Tap and hold your finger on the app icon until all the icons on your screen start to wiggle. This indicates that you are in editing mode.

3. Tap the “X” button: Once the apps are wiggling, you will notice a small “X” button at the top left corner of the app icon. Tap on it.

4. Confirm the deletion: A pop-up message will appear, asking you to confirm the deletion. It will also mention that deleting the app will also delete its data. If you are certain, tap “Delete” to proceed.

5. Exit editing mode: After deleting the app, press the home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen (depending on your device) to exit editing mode. The apps will stop wiggling, and you will return to your normal home screen.

6. Check for remaining app files: Although the app itself is deleted, some apps may leave behind residual files or data. To check for and remove these, go to the Settings app on your device.

7. Open Settings: Locate the Settings app on your home screen, which is represented by a gear icon.

8. Tap on “General”: Scroll down the settings menu and tap on the “General” option.

9. Select “iPhone/iPad Storage”: In the General settings, look for “iPhone Storage” or “iPad Storage” (depending on your device). Tap on it to open the storage management page.

10. Find the deleted app: On the storage management page, you will see a list of all the apps installed on your device. Scroll through the list and find the app you just deleted.

11. Tap on the app: Once you find the deleted app, tap on it to access more options.

12. Delete app data: On the app-specific page, you can see the app’s size and various options. If there is any remaining app data, tap on “Delete App” to remove it entirely from your device.

By following these steps, you can permanently delete apps from the App Store on your iOS device. Remember, when you delete an app, you also delete all associated data, so make sure you have any necessary backups or saved information before deleting an app.