iOS 10 finally lets you remove built-in apps
Yes, you read it right. iOS will finally allow you to remove their built-in apps that you never use, and reclaim your space they are occupying. If you are lucky enough to get the beta version, you can just try it today.
So, you are one of those people who feels that their phone’s folder is filled with a bunch of useless apps? You are not alone. There are a lot of people who think the same.
The worst thing is you can’t even delete them. However, that is not the case with iOS 10.
There’s no special process. Just long-tap and wait for the icons to dance, then hit the X on any apps.
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Which apps can you delete?
Once you are done with installing iOS, you can remove up to 23 apps that you were not able to delete before. Below is the list of apps that you can remove safely:
- Contacts: If you remove Contacts, don’t worry, your contact information will still be safe. You can still find all of that information in the Phone app.
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- News: Not removable yet, but that’s coming in a later version of iOS 10 beta.
- Music: If you remove the Music app, it won’t be available with CarPlay.
- Voice Memos
- Watch app: If you try to remove the Watch app from an iPhone that’s paired with an Apple Watch, an alert asks you to un pair your Apple Watch before you can remove the app.
The apple developers are smart enough to prevent you from accidentally or intentionally deleting critical system files; or anything that is required for the system to work properly. i.e, Stock or Weather, and News etc.
These they do appear in the list, but are not yet delete-able. However, in the future releases of iOS 10 your apps will no longer be dependent on these apps and you will be able to remove them as well.
You can free up the space up to 150MB if you delete all of them. and in case you want them back, you can always open the App Store.