Last updated on November 3rd, 2017 at 01:03 am
We already know that Apple increased the minimum storage space to 64GB with its iPhone X. This means that you are going to download and install a lot of apps. Even if you don’t necessarily use those apps after the initial first or second attempt, these apps continue to request frequent updates and bog down your iPhone. This problem is not just specific to iPhone X, it can also happen with other iPhone versions as well. In such a large number, you might be wondering, how to delete apps on iPhone X, 8 or 7?
It is generally a good idea to delete old iOS apps that you haven’t used in a while. Simply download them again from the Apple App Store should you ever need them again. A one-time download is better than frequent updates and limiting the storage capacity of your iPhone X, 8 or 7. Constant updates can not only affect your data cap with the network carrier. But if you are using WiFi, will also reduce your battery life. This way, you have to keep the internet connected for longer periods of time for big apps.
Here we have mentioned the four possible ways to delete apps on your iPhone X, 8 and 7. These methods not only save up storage space but also clean up your app drawer from unwanted apps.
Methods to Delete apps on iPhone X / 8 / 7
As mentioned above, there are 4 different ways of deleting apps on iPhone X / 8 / 7. Depending on how many apps you want to remove, some methods might be more effective. But the end goal is the same. Saving up space and getting rid of constant annoying updates. For most apps, these methods should work in the same way irrespective of what iOS version the user has installed. Even though the iPhone X ships with the latest iOS 11 firmware, these methods to delete apps will work with every iOS version.
Method 1: Delete Apps on iPhone X / 8 / 7 via Hold and Wiggle
- Similar to Android, you can also delete apps on iPhone X by tapping and holding the icon of any app that you want to remove until all icons around it start wiggling.
- At this point, if the app you have selected is not part of the iOS (i.e not Apple’s native app), you will see a small ‘x‘ at the top left corner.
- Simply press that “x” icon and then tap “Delete” in the dialog box that appears.
- If you delete apps on iPhone X, 8 or 7 this way, you will also lose all the stored data and settings of the app so be careful what you are about to delete.
In some cases, it is possible that the ‘x‘ icon does not appear when you press and hold an app icon. If that happens
- Navigate to Settings and then open up General.
- Go to Restrictions area, enter your password.
- Once in the Restrictions area, set the Deleting Apps setting to enabled.
Method 2: Delete iOS Apps on iPhone X, 8, 7 via Settings Menu
This method is more useful as this way you can actually see how much storage each app is consuming. Once you have an idea of that, you can make a better decision regarding what app to delete from your iPhone X instead of just randomly deleting in hopes of recovering some storage space.
- Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
- Wait until your iPhone load all data about your apps.
- Choose the most storage consuming apps from the list which you don’t use anymore, tap on the app’s name and then press “Delete App“.
With this method, you can delete unwanted apps much faster compared to holding down their icon on the home screen or app drawer. Simply keep tapping app names, pressing the delete button and you should be free of all the unwanted apps on iPhone X in no time. Once again, you can only delete apps you installed from Apple App Store and not the ones that are part of iOS.
Method 3: Delete Apps on iPhone X / 8 / 7 via iTunes
Note: this method for who have not upgraded to iTunes 12.7
Even after they delete apps on iPhone X, 8 or 7, most of the users prefer to have them in their library. This is because next time they have to download those apps, it is easy to find them. This app list is synced on your iTunes client. If you deleted them using the methods above, iTunes will not automatically re-download them. Until you tell it to do so.
- Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac and then navigate to Apps library
- If your iPhone X has a lot of apps, you can open the View menu and see the apps as a List to easily find ones you want to delete
- Click on an app you want to remove and press the Delete key on your keyboard
- A new dialogue box will open up asking you to confirm whether you want to remove the app from your iTunes library
Method 4: Delete Apps on iPhone X When Updating via iTunes
Note: this method for who have not upgraded to iTunes 12.7
There are apps that update regularly and you want to delete them from your iPhone X, 8 or 7. But you can delete them while updating via iTunes. For this to work, you need to navigate to the iTunes’ Updates section. This section displays a list of apps that are in need of an update. If you see any that you don’t use anymore, just follow the steps below to delete it from your iPhone X and iTunes library.
- Open the list of apps in need of update, display them as a List for easy navigation
- Right-click on an app you no longer use and choose Delete from Library
- Upon deleting from library, the app will be removed from your iTunes and will no longer prompt you for an update
- Connect your Apple iPhone X, 8 or 7 to iTunes and sync your device.
- Once the sync is complete, iTunes will automatically remove the apps from your iPhone X, 8 or 7. You don’t have to navigate around menus and finding different apps that you want to remove.
So there you have it, a number of possible ways to remove, delete or uninstall apps from your iPhone X / 8 / 7. These methods should also work for other iPhone devices, whether they are running the latest iOS 11 firmware or lower. Once you get down to frequently using the device, the 64GB storage for the cheaper model of iPhone X starts to feel very limited. Given the smartphone’s camera, the camera pictures and video recordings also consume a lot of space.
If someone likes to play games on their iPhone device, it is likely that they will have some heavy games installed which take up a couple of gigabytes of space. In all these scenarios, the $1000 64GB iPhone X can feel inadequate. That is why these tips on how to delete apps on iPhone X should prove useful for everyone.