When iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are released later this year, iPhone and iPad users will be able to remove even more system apps from the phone. Users first got this opportunity in 2016 with iOS 10. Since then, several system apps have been added to the list of native apps that could be uninstalled. If you have the same app on your Apple Watch, deleting your iPhone or iPad will also delete it from your timepiece.
- Find my friends.
- iCloud drive.
- itunes store.
- News. (where available)
- Videos or television.
- Voice Memos.
- Watch app.
Over the years, the list of system apps that can be uninstalled on iOS and iPadOS has grown, and iOS and iPadOS 16 also allow users to uninstall Find My, Health, and Clock apps from their iPhones and iPads. Keep in mind that uninstalling these apps will also remove some functionality from iPhone and iPad models.
The Clock app is one of the system apps that can be uninstalled
Reinstalling a system app that you deleted is a breeze.
To remove an app from your iPhone or iPad, gently press the screen until the app icons shake like Jello. Tap the “-” associated with the icon for the app you’re uninstalling and tap Uninstall app.
For example, let’s say you delete the clock app from iOS system. You can always replace it by adding a third-party clock app from the App Store.
Since it is always possible that deleting a system app will seriously disrupt the operation of your iPhone or iPad, make sure that you definitely want to delete the system apps that you delete. And keep in mind that uninstalling a system app won’t add much extra storage to your device, so don’t take such a step just because you’re running out of native storage space.
Apple says, “The apps built into iOS are designed to be very space-efficient, so they all use less than 200MB together. Removing built-in iOS apps won’t free up storage space on your device.” However, it is important to remember that “when you delete a built-in app from your home screen, you also delete all related user data and configuration files.”