Delete pre-installed apps from the iPhone: Here's how!

The iPhone comes with a large number of integrated apps that are intended to make it easier to start using the Apple smartphone. However, not all users have use for all of the pre-installed apps, and there are also good alternatives for some of them. If you want to clear out the new iPhone and delete pre-installed iOS apps, you will find the right guide here. In the following you will not only learn how to App from the iPhone, but which Apple-integrated programs you can remove. By the way, this has been possible since iOS 10 (2016), with every new iOS version other removable programs are added - e.g. B.Health in iOS 16

Remove pre-installed app from iPhone: Here you will find the instructions for deleting iOS apps as well as the list of removable programs that Apple has integrated into the system. The focus is on iOS 14 and iOS 15, but with an outlook on iOS 16.

Remove pre-installed app from iPhone: Here you will find the instructions for deleting iOS apps as well as the list of removable programs that Apple has integrated into the system. The focus is on iOS 14 and iOS 15, but with an outlook on iOS 16.

Delete iPhone app: Here's how!

If you hold your finger on an app symbol, a context menu will appear after a short time, in which you will find the menu item “Remove app” in red letters at the bottom. If you tap on it, you can select "Delete app" and confirm this again with "Delete". Alternatively, the small minus symbol in the upper left corner of the app symbol can also be used (if available). Then the same messages and dialog boxes appear. The detailed instructions for deleting iPhone apps, including screenshots on the subject, can be found here: Guide to deleting apps on iPhone and iPad.

These pre-installed apps can be deleted from the iPhone

Deleting pre-installed apps from the iPhone works in the operating systems iOS 10 (2016), iOS 11 (2017), iOS 12 (2018), iOS 13 (2019), iOS 14 (2020), iOS 15 (2021), iOS 16 (2022) and newer. With almost every update, new integrated apps come onto the Apple smartphone, but also other entries on the list of programs that can be deleted. Below you will find the official support documents on the subject. But here is the current list of built-in apps that can be deleted from the device running iOS 14 or later:

  • Activity
  • Apple Books (cannot be used with CarPlay once deleted)
  • Calculator (only for Germany)
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts (existing contact information remains stored in the phone app)
  • FaceTime (FaceTime calls can still be started and answered using the Contacts or Phone app)
  • Files
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps (cannot be used with CarPlay once deleted)
  • tape measure
  • Music (cannot be used with CarPlay once deleted; some audio content may no longer work with XNUMXrd party apps, boxes and car stereos)
  • News (if available)
  • notes
  • Podcasts (cannot be used with CarPlay once deleted)
  • Memories
  • shortcuts
  • shares
  • tips
  • Translate
  • TV (if available)
  • Videos
  • Voice memos
  • Watch app (if an Apple Watch is connected, you will be prompted to unpair the watch when deleting this app)
  • Weather

Removable Apple apps coming to the list with iOS 16

In addition to the apps mentioned above, there will probably be other pre-installed applications from autumn 2022 that can be deleted from Apple smartphones. These include, according to the evaluation of Beta versions of the upcoming operating system, these three apps:

  • Where is? (Used for the "Protection against theft and loss" addendum of AppleCare + needed)
  • Clock (contains world clock, alarm clock, stopwatch and timer, so I don't think removing it makes sense)
  • Health

Support documents on the topic

Deleting built-in Apple apps from iPhone is a topic covered in several support documents as well as iPhone's online manual. At the time this post went to press (before iOS 16 was released), I can offer you the following links on the subject:

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