How do I delete an app?

 

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How do I delete an app?

A message from an app asking for confirmation that you wish to delete it

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Is there an app on your phone you don’t use? Are you running out of storage on your device?

In this activity, you will learn how to delete apps, and why there are some apps you can’t delete.

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Why delete an app?

There are many good reasons to delete an app. You might want to get rid of apps you don’t use, or simply make storage space on your phone for music and photos.

An icon of a rubbish bin
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eSafety Tip: check before you delete

Deleting an app can also erase all the information it contains. So be sure to consider this before deleting apps that store calendars and contacts, or social media and billing details.

Delete an app on an iPhone or iPad

Deleting an app on an iPhone or iPad is easy. On the next slide is a video that will show you how to delete an app on an Apple device such as an iPad or iPhone.

On the next slide, click the ‘play’ button on the video to watch it. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

Delete an app on an Android phone or tablet

The steps for deleting Android apps differ slightly, depending on the model you have. On the next slide is a video that will show you how to delete an app on an Android phone – a Samsung smartphone in this example.

On the next slide, click the ‘play’ button on the video to watch it. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

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eSafety Tip

The App Store and Play Store remember the apps you’ve purchased, so that if you delete an app you have purchased, you can download it again later without having to pay twice.

Why can’t I delete some apps?

There are some apps that you just can’t delete because the device won’t allow it. Those types of apps might be an important part of the operating system, such as the Settings app or the Wallet app.

Other apps might be those the phone maker considers so important it won’t let you delete them… although you might not agree.

Two apps on a smartphone screen, one with an 'x' indicating it can be deleted, and the other without an 'x' indicating it is essential to the phone so cannot be deleted
A smartphone screen with apps showing they can be deleted

Well done

Well done. You’ve reached the end of the How do I delete an app? activity. You've learned how to delete apps and why you might want to do so.

Next up, we'll get into making sure your apps are in tip top condition in the activity Do I need to update my apps?