How to delete apps on any device to free up storage space and extend battery life. You can delete unnecessary apps from any device in just a few simple steps.
You can delete apps on any device to save storage space and battery life while reducing clutter on your home screen.
- To delete apps on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Apple Watch, tap and hold the app icon.
- To delete or uninstall apps on a Mac or Windows 10 computer, you need to use Launchpad or Settings.
Deleting apps is a great way to clean up your digital space, although the methods for doing so will depend on the device you're using.
Here's a quick guide to deleting apps, whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, iCloud, Mac, Windows, Android, Apple Watch, Chromebook, or Apple TV.
How to delete apps on iPhone or iPad
To delete apps on iPhone, simply go to the home screen and touch and hold the desired app to access the “Remove app” option. Then, select “Delete app”. This will also delete any data associated with that app.
On an iPhone with iOS 14 or later, you can also hide an app from the home screen by saving it to the app library: after selecting “Remove app”, choose “Remove from home screen” instead of “Delete app”.
The process for deleting apps on an iPad is the same. But instead of selecting "Remove app" first, you will simply select "Delete app". Like on the iPhone, deleting an app on an iPad will also delete the data associated with the app.
To free up space in your iCloud account, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then select your name, press “iCloud” and “Manage Storage”. From there, go to the "Backup" section and you will see your list of apps, which you can then delete.
How to uninstall apps on a Mac
You can't delete some apps on your Mac, but for the ones you can, Launchpad is the easiest path to do it.
Just open it and then click and hold the app. An "x" should appear in the upper left corner of the app icon. Click the "x" to delete the app on your Mac.
How to delete apps on Windows 10
Deleting programs on Windows 10 is a bit more complicated as simply deleting the program folder or file can cause problems.
Instead, it's best to go through the “Apps & Features” page in the Settings app. Once there, simply select the app and click "Uninstall". Like Mac computers, however, some apps cannot be deleted.
How to uninstall apps on Android
To uninstall apps on Android, you can simply press and hold the app, then drag it to the “Uninstall” text at the top right of the screen (next to the trash can icon) to delete it.
How to delete apps on an Apple Watch
There are two ways to delete apps from your Apple Watch: from the Watch app on your iPhone or from the apps screen on your Apple Watch.
On your watch, you can touch and hold the app icon. An "x" will appear above the icon, which you can tap to remove the app from the device. If your apps are in a list view, you can swipe left on an app and tap the trash can icon to delete it.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app and, in the "Watch" tab, select the app and then turn off the "Show apps on Apple Watch" option. You can also disable the automatic app installation from there.
How to delete apps on a Chromebook
Deleting apps on a Chromebook is simple: select and open the launcher, then right-click the desired app and select “Uninstall” or “Remove from Chrome”.
On the other hand, if you want to delete apps from Google Chrome, go to "chrome: // apps" in the browser and, as with Chromebook, right click on the desired app icon and then select "Remove from Chrome ".
How to uninstall apps on Apple TV
You can only delete apps on the new Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models, otherwise you'll only have the option to hide them from the home screen.
But for those who can, the process is simple: swipe to the app on the home screen, then if you have a remote with a touchpad, press down in the center until the apps start wobbling. If you don't have a touchpad, press and hold the select button. Then press the Play / Pause button to open the menu to delete the app.
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