How to Ditch Pre-Installed iPhone Apps With iOS 10 Beta


Rejoice, iPhone users: Soon, you'll be able to say goodbye to unwanted default apps like Stocks, Apple Watch, and Tips.

With iOS 10, Apple is finally letting us remove built-in apps from the Home screens of our iOS devices. The new mobile OS doesn't arrive for the general public until the fall, but developers got their hands on it at WWDC this week, and docs released by Apple shine a light on the pre-installed apps you can jettison for good.

The current iOS 10 beta lets users delete nearly two-dozen default apps, including Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch app, and Weather. A later version of iOS 10 beta will also let you remove the News app.

In a support note posted to its website this week, Apple warned that "when you remove a built-in app from your Home screen, you also remove any related user data and configuration files." This is important to note, as it "can affect things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch."

For instance, when you remove an app from your iPhone Home screen, the app will also go away on your paired Apple Watch Home screen. If you remove Stocks or Weather, this information will no longer be available in Notification Center on your iPhone or as Complications or Glances on your Apple Watch.

Meanwhile, if you remove Music or Podcasts, you'll no longer be able to use them with CarPlay. Rest assured that deleting Contacts won't cause you to lose all your contact info: it will still be available in the Phone app.

Deleting default apps might be gratifying, meanwhile, but it won't save a ton of space on your device. Apple said the apps built into iOS "are designed to be very space efficient, so all of them together use less than 150MB."

Regardless, if you're ready to delete some stock apps, the process is super simple, and you likely already know the drill: Just hold the app until it jiggles, tap the X, then tap Remove, just like you'd nix any other third-party app. Then, just press the Home button to finish.

If you decide you need to app back on your phone, just go to the App Store and re-download it.

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