Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022, 15:42 iOS: Software

iOS 16: Even More Standard Apps Deletable With iOS 16

The iPhone and iPad's cumulative years of success are thanks to more than just the devices' quality and capabilities. The App Store also makes a considerable contribution in this regard, as it offers users an almost unlimited diversity of offers and possibilities in the form of downloadable apps. In addition to this, Apple has also always offered a large number of apps that come pre-installed with each device with the intent of meeting the most important needs of most users. Until iOS 12, the majority of these apps remained with the device no matter the user's preference, and even if they found an app on the App Store better suited to their individual needs that also accomplished the same purpose. This was particularly an issue in the early days of iOS and its respective products, when device storage was much more modest and users quickly found themselves out of drive space.

Numerous Standard Apps Deletable Since iOS 12
The breadth of apps integrated in iOS and iPadOS is rather large. It spans from Safari, Mail, and Facetime to Contacts, Calendar, and Notes and then all the way to Stocks, Weather, Podcasts, Music, and Home. Given the large amount of preinstalled apps, there are many users who have no need for all of the features provided and would like to save a little drive space by removing them. Others simply have no need for these apps after having already replaced them with more capable or more user-specific apps acquired from the App Store. Apple provided a solution for these users with the release of iOS 12, which allowed for users to remove specific, non-essential apps from their devices. In the upcoming edition of iOS, expected to arrive this fall, the Californian company will add several more apps to the list of deletable integrated apps.

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Apple Expands The List Of Deletable Apps
In the developer beta of iOS 16, which Apple released on the occasion of this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, 30 integrated apps in total are removable. New additions to this list include "Camera", "Clock", "Find My", and "Health". In total, the list now includes all of the following apps:

  • Stocks
  • Fitness
  • Books
  • Files
  • Reminders
  • FaceTime
  • Health
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • Mail
  • Measure
  • Music
  • News (if available)
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Calculator
  • Voice Memos
  • Tipps
  • TV (if available)
  • Clock
  • Videos
  • Watch
  • Weather
  • Find My


Apple's integrated apps are deletable in exactly the same manner as third party apps downloaded from the App Store: Simply hold your finger after tapping on the app you wish to delete and then click on the "X" that appears in the top right corner, a prompt will then pop-up asking if you wish to confirm removal of the app. Simply tap on the button that confirms this and the app will be removed from your system. Standard apps can be re-downloaded from the App Store at any time, just like a normal app, should users change their minds after having deleted one.

Deletion Of Integrated Apps Doesn't Entirely Remove Its Functions
Users who choose to remove certain standard apps should be aware that doing so does not necessarily remove all of its features from the system. Apple indicates as much in a support document released some time back. For example, after users delete "FaceTime" they will still be able to make FaceTime calls via the "Contacts" app, as well as capable of accepting incoming FaceTime calls from other Apple users. Additionally, deletion of the "Contacts" app does not remove saved contact information – meaning that other third party apps will still have access to your contact information should you enable it and your contacts won't be completely lost just because you've decided to use a different app than the standard. Apple has yet to officially confirm the ability to delete additional standard apps in the upcoming version of iOS, although it is already possible to do so in iOS 16's developer beta. We'll have to wait until the release of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to see if it will be truly possible, although it's unlikely that Apple would decide against implementing such a minor change already present this early in the operating system's beta come its full release.

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