How to Delete Apps in iOS 13

In iOS 13, apps can be deleted from an iPhone or iPad by long-pressing on an app in the Home screen to reveal a Rearrange Apps action. Tapping this option makes all apps on the screen wiggle, while a small X appears in the corner of each icon that can be tapped to remove the app.


In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple has also added an additional way to delete apps from your device, right from the App Store. When you're updating apps on your device, or viewing apps that were recently updated, you can swipe left on any app in the list to bring up a Delete option.

It's a convenient way to get rid of unwanted apps as soon as you see them, without having to leave the App Store, hunt down the app's icon on your Home screen, and remove it in the traditional manner described above. Here's how it works.

  1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap your account profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen.

  3. Scroll down the Account pane to the Updated Recently section.

  4. To remove an app that was recently updated, swipe left on it in the list and then tap the red Delete button that appears.
As you can see, in iOS 13 Apple has moved the app update interface from the tabs along the bottom of the screen to make room for its new gaming service, Apple Arcade. So whenever you want to access app updates or delete apps, tap your profile picture at the top of the App Store and scroll down to the Pending Updates/Updated Recently sections.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS