How to Delete Apps on iPhone 8

There are an incredible number of apps available in the App Store on your Apple 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 and Up

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. For example, the steps in Method 1 below still work on the iPhone X in iOS 12.

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 in some earlier versions of Apple’s iOS operating system. You can find a list of some of the default iPhone apps here. However, in newer versions of the operating system you are finally able to delete some of these default apps.

If you are unable to delete any of the apps on your iPhone, then someone may have set up Restrictions or Screen Time on the device. In order to delete apps, you will need to have the Restrictions or Screen Time passcode. Once you do, you can follow the steps in this article to disable Restrictions so that you can delete your apps. This guide will walk you through turning off Screen Time.

Apple iPhone 8 App Deletion in iOS 8-iOS 12 – Method 1

The steps in this section will work both on the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad, in most versions of the iOS operating system. It will also work on newer iPhone models like the iPhone X, iPhone XR, or the iPhone 11, as well as some other iOS devices like the iPod Touch. If you know where the app that you want to delete can be found on your Home screen, then this is typically the fastest and easiest way to remove an app from your iPhone 8.

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 wiggle, 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

Note that after you tap Delete in the step above, you will uninstall the app from your device. However, you can always go back to the App Store, search for the app, then tap the cloud icon next to it if you want to reinstall the app on your iPhone 8.

iPhone and iPad App Deletion – Method 2

The method to uninstall an app that we describe in this section is the best option if you aren’t able to find the app on your Home screen. Note that this method is slightly different in some newer versions of iOS. We discuss that difference further down in the article, in the Additional Notes section.

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

Additional Notes

  • If you have accidentally deleted an app from your iPhone 8 (or other model like the iPhone 7 or  iPhone X) and you aren’t able to reinstall the app from the App Store, then you will not be able to reinstall the app even if you have a backup saved in iTunes or iCloud. Some third-party apps claim to be able to restore apps in this situation, but we haven’t tested any of them and can’t confirm whether or not it will help if you find yourself in this situation.
  • Note that, in iOS 12, the steps described in method 2 above are slightly different. You will have to go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage then scroll down and open an app from the list of apps shown there if you want to delete it.
  • Another note for iOS 12 and method 2 is the Offload App option. This provides a way for you to uninstall the app from your iPhone 8 while keeping important app data available in the event that you want to reinstall the app from iCloud later on.
  • If you are trying to delete an app from your Apple Watch, then the method for doing so is pretty similar to how you might uninstall apps from your iPhone in iOS 10 or iOS 11. Simply press the crown on the side of the Apple Watch once to get to the app menu, then tap and hold on the app to delete until it jiggles. Once you see the small x pop-up you can tap it delete it.
  • If you go to the Settings > iTunes & App Store menu you can scroll to the bottom and turn on the option to Offload Unused Apps. This will let the device automatically manage app deletion by offloading unused apps that you haven’t opened in a while.
  • If you are having trouble using the deletion method that makes the apps wiggle, then it could be due to the 3D Touch setting on the device. You can read this guide to turning off 3D Touch if you don’t like that setting.

    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.
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