How To Get Rid Of Apps

There’s an App for just about everything these days, but what do you do with those pesky Apps that you no longer need?

When we download the newest, latest, must-have App, it joins all the other Apps we’ve downloaded and our homescreens start to get a bit crowded.

So how do we fix this?

First, do an App Audit!

Take a good hard look at those old Apps. Are they still useful or are they just clogging up space on your device (phone, ipad or tablet)?

If you haven’t used them in ages, are you likely to need them anytime soon?

If the answer is no, then you can safely delete them. And if you find you need them in the future, you can easily download them again (well, most of them….).

So how do I delete an App?

Well, that depends on the device you are using.

On an Apple iPhone (or iPad),

  • find the App you want to delete
  • hold your finger on the App icon (the picture of the App on the homescreen) until the App icon starts to wiggle
  • a dialogue box will appear that says “Remove App Share App Edit Home Screen”

Select ‘Remove App’ in the dialogue box


Continue to hold your finger on the App until a ‘Minus’ sign appears in the top left corner.

Tap the Minus sign and another dialogue box will appear.

Select ‘Delete App’ from the dialogue box.

Warning! Warning! Warning!

While the Apps are wobbling, make sure you only select an App that you want to delete.

Most Apps can be downloaded again, but I recently accidentally deleted one I downloaed in the US and now I can’t get it back again – and I NEED it!!!

Image by Wilson Joseph from Pixabay

How To Delete An App On An Android Phone or Tablet

Let’s start by saying that an Android device is any phone or tablet that isn’t made by Apple…

The following is quoted from

Delete or disable apps on Android

You can uninstall apps you’ve installed on your phone. If you remove an app you paid for, you can reinstall it later without buying it again. You can also disable system apps that came with your phone.Note: You’re using a custom Android version. If these steps don’t work for you, check with your device manufacturer.Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Delete apps that you installed

  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then My apps & games.
  3. Tap on the app or game.
  4. Tap Uninstall

Tip: If you delete or disable an app, you can add it back to your phone. If you bought an app, you can reinstall it without buying it again. Learn how to reinstall and re-enable apps.

Disable apps that came with your phone

You can’t delete some system apps that came pre-installed on your Android phone. But on some phones, you can turn them off so that they won’t show on the list of apps on your phone. To learn how to disable apps, contact your device manufacturer.

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