How to Delete Icons on the iPhone

The iOS operating system on your iPhone displays all of your installed app icons on a series of “Home” screens that you can navigate by swiping left or right on the screen. These apps can also include links to Web pages that you have chosen to save to your device.

If there are a lot of icons that make it difficult for you to find the apps that you use, then you might be wondering how to delete the icons that you don’t use. Fortunately this process can be completed quickly and easily, and our how-to guide below will show you how to get rid of unwanted or unused app icons on your device.


Uninstalling Apps on the iPhone 6 Plus

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.1.2. However, these same steps can also be used to delete apps on other models of iPhone, as well as in most previous versions of iOS.

Deleting app icons in this manner will completely delete that app from your device. If you simply wish to hide some icons without deleting them, then using app folders might be a better solution.


Step 1: Locate the app icon that you want to delete from your iPhone. In this guide I will be deleting the FXNow app.

locate the icon to delete



Step 2: Tap and hold the app icon until all of the apps start to shake and a small x appears at the top-left corner of the icon.

tap and hold the icon until it starts to shake



Step 3: Tap the small x at the top-left corner of the icon. Note that some apps will not have an x at the top-left corner. These are the device’s default apps, and they cannot be deleted. This full list of apps that cannot be deleted will show you what apps must remain on your device.

tap the x at the top-left corner of the icon



Step 4: Tap the Delete button to confirm that you want to delete the app and all of its’ data.

tap the delete button to delete the app and its icon



You can then tap the Home button under your screen to make the apps stop shaking and return to the normal usage mode.


If you are removing apps from your device because you need to free up space for new apps, music or videos, then this guide can show you how to delete some common items. newsletter
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