Q: "I can't delete downloaded apps on the iPad. When I hold the apps to start the wiggle they do wiggle. But the X does not appear. I have restarted and reset the iPad. The X does not appear. This used to work. The problem started when I downloaded some magazines and then wanted to delete them. I am not able to access my Mac now to delete from iTunes by syncing. How can I fix this problem and delete the unwanted apps by using the X feature?" - A user from Apple Discussions
After updating to iOS 11, many users have been stuck on the same issue, that is can't delete apps on iPad. When you tap and hold the screen, the "X" doesn't appear in the upper-left corner of the icon as expected. And the problem has occurred on iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and iPad Air. How to fix this matter and make your iPad normal as usual? Please check solutions below one by one.
In iOS 11, if you press the app hard, you may invoke app sharing instead of deletion. Therefore, be sure that you lightly touch and hold the app icon you want to delete for about 2 to 3 seconds, then the “X” should appear. When you finished, press the Home button to return to the normal Home screen.
One situation with can’t delete apps on iPad in iOS 11 is that you’ve got two same icons on your home screen for one application. After you have removed one of them, but the other remained, neither you can get the X appear on the second icon. At this time, a simple restart can work for you.
Another common reason for can’t delete apps on iPad in iOS 11 with no "X" is a restriction setting for deleting apps. If you have disabled the feature, you can't remove any app from your iPad.
One thing has to the mentioned here is that some apps are built into Apple iOS, such as Notes, Newsstand, and Calendar, and you can't remove these apps in any case. If you can’t delete apps on iPad by tapping with X, you can still have a try via Settings.
If none of the tips above can fix the issue of can't delete apps on iPad, the final way you can try is to remove apps on iPad with iTunes on PC or Mac.
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