How to Stop My iPhone from Automatically Uninstalling Apps

Managing the storage on an iPhone is a struggle for many users. Apps, pictures and other files take up a lot of the limited space on the device, and it’s fairly common to reach a point where you aren’t able to install a new app or an iOS update because you don’t have enough room.

One of the ways that your iPhone can manage this is by automatically deleting apps that haven’t been used in a while. But if you find this to be frustrating when you eventually go to use a deleted app and need to wait for it to reinstall, then our tutorial below will show you how to find and disable that setting.

 

How to Prevent the iPhone from Uninstalling Unused Apps Automatically

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.4.2. This guide assumes that your iPhone is currently configured so that it automatically uninstalls some apps on your device when they haven’t been used in a while. You can always reinstall these apps later, and the settings and data for those apps are saved when they are removed.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select the iTunes & App Store option.

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Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and tap the button to the right of Offload Unused Apps to disable this setting. I have turned it off in the picture below.

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If you don’t want your iPhone to automatically remove apps, but if you are still looking for ways to free up space on your device, then check out our guide to managing iPhone storage. There are a lot of settings and files that you can remove from your iPhone when you need to clear up some storage space.

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