This guide will show you how to delete stock iPhone apps on iOS 10 and iOS 11. Apple adds the ability to remove stock apps from the iPhone and iPad with the iOS 10 update and it’s still available in iOS 11.
You can’t technically delete stock iPhone apps since they will still take up some space on your iPhone — but you can finally remove them from your iPhone home screen and remove some of the data.
You must install the iOS 10 update for this to work. This is a free update for the iPhone 5 and up. It also works on the iPad and on the iPod touch 6th generation where you can delete stock Apple apps as well.
How to Delete Stock iPhone Apps
Deleting stock iPhone apps is as easy as deleting a regular iPhone app. You cannot delete every iPhone app with this update, but you can delete most of them.
To delete the stock iPhone apps, press and hold on an app on your iPhone until the app icons start to wiggle and a small x appears.
You need to then tap on the X and if needed tap to confirm that you want to delete the app from your iPhone.
When you remove stock iPhone apps from your iPhone, you also remove user related data and configuration files. This may also impact your Apple Watch functionality.
Here are the stock iPhone apps you can delete. If you delete all of these iPhone apps you will only get 150MB of additional space.
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
- Watch app
Removing these iPhone apps will also remove them from your Apple Watch, will remove some features from CarPlay and may remove features from the Notification Center. Removing the Calculator app will also remove it from the Control Center.
How to Re-Install Stock iPhone Apps
After you remove the stock iPhone apps, you can re-install them without restoring your iPhone.
Open the App Store on your iPhone and then search for the app you want to re-install. Tap on the cloud with a down arrow icon to install it.
Wait while the iPhone app downloads and installs to your home screen. Once this happens you can use the app.