How to Identify and Remove Unnecessary Apps on Your iPhone and iPad

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appstorelogocleanWith so many paid-for and free apps available on the App Store these days, it's easy to reach a point where you have so many of them on your iPhone or iPad that a sizable proportion are simply forgotten about, and soon storage space starts to become an issue.

Fortunately, there's an easy way that you can keep tabs on which apps you use the most and which ones have basically become redundant to you, and are just adding needless clutter to your home screen and eating up storage. Follow the steps below to learn how it's done.

How to Identify and Delete Redundant iOS Apps

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap iPhone Storage.

  4. A list of all the apps (including stock apps) on your iOS device will load in order of size, with the largest apps listed first. Scroll down the list and look at the Last Used: date underneath the title of each app. If it's been several weeks or months since you opened an app, or it says Never Used, then consider uninstalling it – tap the app in the list.
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  5. Two uninstall options are presented on this screen. Tap Offload App to unload the app but preserve any documents and data (these are reinstated if you later reinstall the app) or tap Delete App to remove the app and all related data from your device.

If you tend to download a lot of apps that often get left unused, consider enabling the iPhone Storage menu recommendation to automatically Offload Unused Apps when you're low on storage. If you uninstall a purchased app but later decide that you want to use it (and it's still available in the App Store) simply follow the steps below.

How to Reinstall Deleted Apps

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

  2. Tap the Today tab if it isn't selected already.

  3. Tap your circular profile photo at the top-right of the Today screen to access the account settings screen.

  4. Tap Purchased.
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  5. In the Purchased screen, tap the Not on this iPhone/iPad tab.

  6. Scroll through the list of purchased apps to find the one that you want to reinstate, and tap the cloud download icon next to it to re-download and install.

Top Rated Comments

amcomis Avatar
32 months ago
We need an easy way to clear the 'cache' in apps. I often want to KEEP the app. But delete the data. iOS offers the reverse. I want to keep the NY Times app, but I want to clear its 400mb of meaningless data. Of course, there is sometimes a clear cache option, but there often isnt and it should be in IOS
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Telos101 Avatar
32 months ago

I'm not sure how this article is about "redundant" apps? Unnecessary, maybe - but redundant?

The dictionary definition of redundant is "unnecessary or no longer useful; superfluous." Seems to fit the bill here, I'd say?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69650 Avatar
32 months ago
I often download free apps for possible future use because you can’t add apps to your wish list anymore.
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timmyh Avatar
32 months ago
I've changed redundant to unnecessary in the title to avoid any potential for confusion.
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riverfreak Avatar
32 months ago
I wish Apple would add some way to permanently delete apps from your account. Even if you delete them from your phone, they still end up reappearing in the App Store purchased list or if the developer makes some minor update to bump its revision history.

Aside from that, this is a really good tip! I didn’t know you could delete from the storage settings page.
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usarioclave Avatar
32 months ago
When did Apple finally add the "last used" information? People have been asking for that for years. Nice to know!
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