How to Delete an App in iOS 8

There are an incredible number of apps available in the App Store on your iPhone, and they can allow you to do almost anything on the device that you could want. But not every app is perfect for every user, and you may decide to delete some of your installed apps after you have downloaded and tested them out.

Your iPhone offers two different methods for deleting apps directly from the device. Our tutorial below will show you both of those methods and enable you to remove unwanted apps from your device so that they are not taking up real estate on your Home screen, or clogging up the device’s valuable storage space.


Deleting an App on an iPhone 6

The steps in this guide were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.4. These same steps will work for other iPhone models running the same version of iOS. Additionally, you can follow this same method in order to delete apps in most other versions of iOS.

If you are trying to delete an app and do not see the small x that we reference below, then it is possible that you are trying to delete one of the iPhone’s default apps. Unfortunately, the default apps cannot be deleted. You can find a list of some of the default iPhone apps here.

If you are unable to delete any of the apps on your iPhone, then someone may have set up Restrictions on the device. In order to delete apps, you will need to have the Restrictions passcode. Once you do, you can follow the steps in this article to disable them so that you can delete your apps.

iOS 8 App Deletion – Method 1


  • Step 1: Locate the app that you want to delete. In the example below, I will be deleting the GoDaddy app.
  • find the app to delete



  • Step 2: Tap and hold the app icon until it starts to shake, and an x appears at the top-left corner of some of your apps.


  • Step 3: Tap the small x at the top-left corner of the app that you wish to delete.
  • tap the x button



  • Step 4: Tap the Delete button to confirm that you wish to delete the app and all of its data. Once you are finished, tap the Home button under your screen to stop the apps from shaking, and to remove the x from the top-left corners.

tap the delete button



iPhone App Deletion – Method 2


  • Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
  • open the settings menu



  • Step 2: Select the General option.
  • open the general menu



  • Step 3: Select the Usage option.
  • open the usage menu



  • Step 4: Tap the Manage Storage option under the Storage section.
  • select the manage storage option



  • Step 5: Select the app that you want to delete. I will be deleting the BuzzFeed app in the image below.
  • select the app to delete



  • Step 6: Tap the Delete App button.
  • tap the delete app button



  • Step 7: Tap the Delete App button at the bottom of the screen to confirm that you want to delete the app and all of its documents and data.

confirm the app deletion



If you are deleting apps on your iPhone because you are running out of storage, then there are additional places you can look in an effort to regain some space. Our complete guide to deleting items from your iPhone offers some simple options and methods for removing items that can needlessly consume your storage space. newsletter
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