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iOS 13 changed the method for deleting apps on an iPhone — here’s how to do it

iOS 13 changed the method for deleting apps on an iPhone — here’s how to do it

Certain iPhone apps sound great in theory, but once you've download them, you realize they're not as good as the reviews made out, or that those pesky "in-app purchases" are necessary for any level of real functionality.

Maybe you've just stopped using an app because you've found something better and now you're scrolling through seven screens worth of apps when you really only use about two. If this sounds like your situation, it might be time to delete some of the iPhone apps that you don't want or need.

Doing so is a quick and painless process that should take you a few seconds or less. The process differs slightly depending on the model of your device, however, as the introduction of iOS 13 has added steps for iPhone 6S and later models.

If you want to save the data within an app before deleting an app, you can also do that through the iPhone's "Offload App" feature.

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How to delete apps on an iPhone

In iOS 13

1. Find the app that you want to delete, then press and hold your finger down on its icon.

2. A menu will appear, asking if you want to share the app or "Rearrange Apps." Tap the Rearrange Apps option.

In iOS 13, a menu will appear before you can delete apps.

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3. All your apps will start shaking, and small X icons will appear at the top of all the apps that you can delete.

4. Tap the X on any app you want to delete.

You'll be able to delete any app, not just the one you originally pressed.

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5. A menu will open, asking you to confirm that you want to delete it. Tap "Delete" to delete the app.

In iOS 12 and earlier

1. Press and firmly hold the icon of the app you want to delete. It may take one or two seconds, but wait for all of the icons on your screen to begin shaking back and forth and little Xs appear at the top of each one.

2. Tap the X that appears at the top left corner of the app you want to delete. Doing so will launch a prompt which asks you to confirm the deletion of the app in question or to cancel the deletion.

Hold an app, then tap its X to delete it.

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3. Tap "Delete." Otherwise, click "Cancel" and repeat the process with the correct app.

If you accidentally delete an app that you actually wanted, don't worry — you can easily visit the App Store on your iPhone and redownload the app quickly and easily.

Note that if you do need to redownload an app you deleted, you'll likely have to re-enter any app-specific login information or reconnect the app to Facebook or any other social media apps you'd previously integrated.

But if you're looking to remove an app and retain its data so you can redownload it later, you'll want to try a different method.

How to save an app's data on an iPhone before deleting it

If you want to delete multiple apps at once, or you want to "Offload" an app — removing it from the iPhone but archiving its data, allowing you to pick up where you left off if you reinstall the app — you should go through this process instead of the tap-hold-jiggle-X deletion.

Note that this same deletion process will work for apps on an iPad, and it applies to devices running iOS 13 as well.

1. Open your iPhone's settings (the icon looks like black gears on a gray box).

You can offload an app through the iPhone's settings.

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2. Tap the "General" tab.

3. Tap "iPhone Storage."

4. Scroll down to find a list of apps and tap the one in question.

5. Tap "Offload App" then confirm by hitting "Offload App." This will delete the app, but keep its documents and data.

"Offload App" is under "iPhone Storage" in Settings.

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6. Alternately, hit "Delete App" and then confirm by hitting "Delete App," which will remove the app completely.

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