How to Permanently Delete Apps From iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to permanently delete apps from your iPhone. Whether you want to free up storage space or simply get rid of unused apps, this guide will help you accomplish that easily.

Step 1: Access Your iPhone’s Home Screen

Unlock your iPhone and navigate to the home screen by pressing the home button or swiping up from the bottom on newer models.

Step 2: Locate the App You Want to Delete

Browse through your home screens or use the search feature by swiping down on the home screen. Once you find the app you want to delete, proceed to the next step.


If you have multiple home screens, swipe left or right to navigate through them. You can also use Spotlight search by swiping down on any home screen and typing in the app’s name.

Step 3: Enter App Deletion Mode

Press and hold the app icon until it starts shaking. You will notice a small ‘x’ icon appearing at the top-left corner of most app icons.


Some system apps cannot be deleted as they are essential for iOS functionality. These icons won’t display an ‘x’ icon when shaking.

Step 4: Delete the App

To delete an app, tap on the ‘x’ icon that appears on its icon while shaking. A confirmation prompt will appear asking if you want to delete the app along with all its data.

  • If you want to proceed with deleting:
    • Tap on ‘Delete’.
    • The app will be permanently removed from your iPhone.
  • If you changed your mind and want to cancel:
    • Tap outside the app icon area or press the home button.
    • The app will stop shaking, and no deletion will occur.

Step 5: Exit App Deletion Mode

To exit app deletion mode, press the home button or swipe up from the bottom on newer models. The remaining apps will stop shaking, and you can use your iPhone normally again.


If you don’t press any buttons for a certain period, your iPhone will automatically exit app deletion mode as a safety feature.

And there you have it! You now know how to permanently delete apps from your iPhone.

By removing unwanted apps, you can declutter your device and free up valuable storage space for more important things. Enjoy a cleaner and more organized iPhone experience!

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