How to Clean Up iPhone Apps You Don’t Need

by Azrul Abas on July 29, 2022

iPhone X

As we use our smartphones daily, many of us have accumulated a plethora of apps that were downloaded at one point but have not actually been used in months or even years. All these unused apps can take the storage space, clutter up the home screen, or maybe even drain the phone’s battery. This applies to all smartphones, including the iPhone.

In this article, we will go over some quick and easy ways to get rid of apps you no longer use and to make apps that you don’t use very often a little more efficient.

Apple iPhone

Offload Unused Apps

The Offload Unused Apps feature built into iOS is the easiest way to free up some space. Once it’s activated, it will automatically uninstall the apps that you don’t frequently use. Apple doesn’t provide details on how long you have to ignore an app before it is offloaded.

However, unlike deleting an app permanently, offloaded apps will stick around on your home screen or in your app library just with a cloud icon next to their name. If you tap on an offloaded app, your phone will automatically download it again, and you can just pick it back up on where you left off. Follow these steps to activate the Offload App feature:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on App Store
  3. Toggle Offload Unused Apps

If you want to first see how much space the feature can save you, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click General
  3. Then click iPhone Storage

In most cases, there’ll be a section telling you how much space the feature can save you alongside an Enable button that will turn it on. The storage screen also provides some great info on how much space your phone has left and how much space each app and its data takes up.

iPhone 11

Offload Apps Manually

If you would like to choose manually which specific apps that you would like to offload, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click General
  3. Click iPhone Storage
  4. Choose the App you would like to Offload, then tap Offload button

Delete Apps Entirely

Now if you really want to get rid of unused apps entirely to clean up your home screen, deleting your app permanently is the best option for you. Simply:

  1. Go to home screen or App Library
  2. Tap and hold the app you would like to delete
  3. Tap the minus button on the top left or the app logo
  4. Choose Delete App

Another option would be through the iPhone Storage screen in Settings > General. Tap on the apps in the list (ordered by how much space they take up on your phone), and you’ll see a Delete App option under the offload button. If you go through the list deleting every app that you don’t use, you will end up with a lot of free space and a less cluttered phone.

Apple iPhone Repair

However, if offloading apps and deleting apps permanently doesn’t fix the problem which is slowing down your phone or draining your battery, then it could be that the problem occurs from the hardware itself. You can either go to the Apple Service Center or your local iPhone repair center to do a phone diagnostic and replace your iPhone Battery.

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Was this article helpful? You can also check our blog for other Apple Tips such as How to change your Apple ID in 3 different ways or what you should do when your iPhone overheats.

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