How to Delete Apps in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad Effectively

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Cedric Grantham Posted on Oct 17, 2017 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Deleting apps in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad hasn't changed much, you can still remove the unwanted apps in two ways, one is by pressing and holding the app to tap the "X" button on the wiggling app and the other way is to delete apps through iPhone Settings. However, deleting apps on iPad Pro is a little different from former iOS version, the time you press and hold the app will cause different operations. You have to do it subtly.

How to delete apps in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad

In this part, two simple ways to delete apps in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad will be demonstrated one by one. Follow the step by step guide to remove unused apps permanently to free more storage on iPhone and iPad.

Delete apps on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11 by pressing and holding the app

This is the easiest way to delete apps on iPhone. As the 3D Touch enabled, pressing and holding the app will trigger more widgets than app deletion. Do it delicately.

1. Go to your iPhone home screen, find the apps you want to remove.

2. Press and hold the app for more than 2 seconds until it begins to wiggle with an "X" button in the left-right corner.

3. Tap the "X" button to delete the app. Repeat this operation to delete more unused apps.

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Delete apps on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11 through Settings

The second way to effectively delete apps on iPhone is to use Settings, whose shortcoming is deleting apps one-by-one.

1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

2. Slide down until you see the unwanted apps. Tap on the app and you will enter the app specific screen. You will see "Offload App" and "Delete App" there. For what is "Offload App" and how to offload apps in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad, please link to the relevant post.

3. Tap "Delete App" and tap "Delete App" in the pop-up box says this action will delete all of its documents and data and is undone.

4. After this, go back to "iPhone Storage" screen to delete more apps by repeating operations above.

Apple has announced three new iPhone devices in this fall, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. If you are one of the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus users and want to know how to delete apps on iPhone 8/8 Plus, you are recommended to link to the corresponding page. 

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How to delete apps in iOS 11 iPad Pro in Home screen

As the feature "See Actions" has been embedded on iPad Pro like that of iPhone with 3D Touch, pressing and holding an app at different times will cause various widgets. Therefore, you need to pay more attention to delete apps on iPad Pro in iOS 11.

1. Go to the Home Screen, find the apps you want to delete.

2. Gently press and hold one app. If you press and hold the app for one second, you can just move the app but can't delete it.

3. Press and hold the app for two seconds and you will see it begin to jiggle with an "X" symbol.

4. Tap the "X" button to delete the app. Do this operation again if you have more apps to delete.

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