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How to Delete Apps Through Settings on Android and iOS Devices?

Delete Apps Through Settings on Android and iOS Devices

With loads of applications available for free on both iTunes and Play store, its quite easy to keep on downloading the apps you might not use – and also not remove.

This issue is usually worsened in Android by the application tray – whereas in iTunes places shortcuts to all on the home screen in basic sight, in Android these applications might usually be hidden away on one of the many application tray  pages where it might not spot on your attention.

Another issues that is unique to Android devices is the preinstallation of what can be used as bloatware by some Smart device manufacturers and operators. Some of this stuff can be deleted, but you might have to accept the fact they might be a few applications you cannot remove or delete.

Loading your device with unwanted applications might affect your device. There might be very less storage space for the stuffs you need, and the performance of your mobile might also slow down and keeping all the app up – to – date can be tiresome.

So its very essential to quickly go through and make sure that there is nothing, no – so important growing your app collection.

Also, you might find that the app store their data online and even if you wish to delete it you might be using the data once again if you wish to reinstall that later.

How to Delete Apps on Android ?

1st Method

  • Open Settings – from the cog icon, go to settings and open the app
  • Open Apps – scroll down, then browse the list which you have installed in your device to find the one that wish to have it on the device
  • Click and uninstall the app – after you found the app you no longer want, select it and then click uninstall.

If you see disable option rather than installation option, then you might not be allowed to delete the app; but by disabling it you are preventing the app from its running condition. If you think that the app is not working properly, revisit the page and then click enable button.

2nd Method

The method suggested above can also be used when your device does not have an application tray and all the shortcuts to the home screen are on the place. But, you might have a quicker option. Not all Android devices will support this, so you can just try it.

  • Choosing the home screen shortcut – from the home screen, tap and hold the shortcut for the application you want to uninstall, then drag it the screen on the top which shows X on the top of the screen.
  • Drag and drop the shotcut to uninstall the app –  if you see an uninstall option, drop the app icon on top of it. This technique will also work on some devices that includes an application tray, but if you see a remove option rather than uninstall then you might have to remove the icon from the home screen, not deleting it. You can check this out by opening the app tray and finding the app shortcut.

3rd Method

The ability to uninstall the application from its shortcut icon extends to the application tray on some Android devices. Exactly how you tried in the 2nd method with the home screen, tap and hold the application icon from within the app tray and drag it to the screen on the top to check whether an uninstall option appears. If it does, drop the application shortcut on top of this option to remove it from the device.

Deleting applications from the iPhone and iPad

Things are a lot more easier with iOS when it comes to removing or deleting an app: you just have to tap and hold the offending application shortcut on the home screen, then click the cross (X) that appears on the icon.

Press the home button to return to the interface after the application is uninstalled. Also remember that you cannot delete the app that are already installed with the device, like as the Safari.

If you sync your device regularly with MAC or PC, delete the app from the iTunes account to prevent it from re- syncing. You can find these in the app section. Just right click and delete.

Note – iTune will show you all the applications in the “Purchased Section” in your account, and there is no other way to delete it. One best solution to get rid of this issue is to just sign off from your iTunes account.


Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.