How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

If you’ve complained about your overloaded phone to friends, chances are they’ve experienced the same thing. In the past, Apple allowed bulk app removal through iTunes. However, this feature is no longer available with iOS 12.7. Luckily, there are four workarounds to delete multiple apps on your iPhone.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Having unwanted apps installed on iPhones is not uncommon for smartphone users. You may have downloaded every free game or recommended app from the Apple App Store in search of something interesting, only to realize that you barely use any of them. Luckily, removing apps in bulk from your iOS device is straightforward. Plus, there’s no need to install any third-party service to do so.

Note: These steps also work on the iPad.

1. Delete Multiple Apps from the Home Screen

To mass delete apps on iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1. Long press any empty space on your home screen until the app icons start to jiggle.

2. Tap the (–) Remove icon on the app you want to get rid of.

3. A confirmation pop-up will appear. Tap Delete app.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Step 4: The app icons will still be jiggling. Tap on the (–) Remove icon on another app you want to delete. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for other apps.

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Step 5: Once you have deleted all the apps, tap on Done.

Tip: You can also delete apps in bulk from the App Library. Long-press on any app icon in the App Library and then tap on the X icon.

2. Using Settings

This time, we will use the Settings app to delete apps on iPhones. Going through Settings shows the size of each app, along with other useful information like when you last used each app and what type takes up most memory on your iPhone or iPad. Follow these steps to delete multiple apps at once from iPhone Settings: Step 1: Go to Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Step 2: On the screen, a list of your apps and their respective sizes and usage will be displayed. Swipe left on the app you want to delete and press Delete.

Step 3: A confirmation pop-up will appear. Tap Delete.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Step 4: Swipe left on other apps you want to delete and press the Delete button.

3. From App Store

The App Store provides a workaround to delete multiple apps on iPhone or iPad. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the App Store.

Step 2: Tap your account icon.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Step 3: Scroll down and you will see installed apps. Swipe left on an app you want to delete and press the Delete button.

Step 4: A confirmation pop-up will show. Tap on Delete.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Step 5: Swipe left on other apps to delete them.

4. Free Up Storage by Offloading Multiple Apps

Offloading an app doesn’t delete it from your iPhone. Instead, it preserves important documents and data but removes the rest. This is different from deleting an app, which removes all data. When you reinstall an offloaded app, the saved data is returned, unlike a complete deletion.

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To free up storage on your iPhone, you can enable automatic offloading of apps by following these steps:

Step 1: Open iPhone or iPad Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Step 2: Tap “Offload Unused apps.”

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Enabling offload is crucial for saving storage space. Apps that haven’t been used in a while are automatically removed, making it similar to deleting them. The data that is kept is usually limited to kilobytes, even for big files like games. However, some apps, such as music players and photo editors, may store large files when offloaded. In those cases, it’s more effective to delete them.

Bonus Tip: Remove Multiple Apps from the iPhone’s Home Screen

To remove multiple apps from your iPhone’s home screen without deleting them, you have two options.

1. Long-press on an app you want to remove and drag it to the bottom-right corner, above the dock. Keep your finger on the icon without lifting it. Then, with your other hand, tap on additional apps to select them. The apps will bundle together.

That’s it! You’ve successfully removed multiple apps from your home screen.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Now, drag these apps to the App Library and leave them there. Lift your finger only when you reach the App Library. You can swipe between home screens to reach the App Library using your other hand.

How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Put the apps you want to remove from your home screen into a folder. Then long press on the folder and select Remove Folder. This will remove multiple apps from the home screen, but you can still access them from the App Library.

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How to Bulk Delete Multiple Apps on iPhone or iPad

Get Rid of Apps

There are a few third-party apps that you might prefer, such as iMazing and iCareFone Cleaner. Even though you have to pay, both seem to be decent alternatives to iTunes.

Also, don’t worry about losing money when you remove a non-free app. You can safely uninstall and reinstall paid apps because your payment data is attached to your Apple ID. However, in-app purchases may or may not disappear.

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Mehvish Mushtaq, a computer engineer, developed the first Android app for Kashmir, called Dial Kashmir. She received the prestigious Nari Shakti award from the President of India for this achievement. With a passion for technology, she has been writing for over 6 years, focusing on how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, social media, and web apps. Her posts can be found on MakeTechEasier, TechWiser, and NerdsChalk.

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