Can’t Delete Apps on iPhone iPad in iOS 11/10/12? Get 7 Methods to Fix It

This post offers some tips to fix “can’t delete apps on iPhone iPad after iOS 11/12 update”. Just read it to know how to delete apps on iPhone iPad.

By Tom Boyer | Posted on: Sep. 12, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 12, 2018
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iOS 12 is coming, and if you plan to update your iPhone iPad to the iOS 12, you may like to read Should I Update to iOS 12. Of course, you may like to know whether there are some iOS 12 bugs and issues you may meet after iPhone iPad update.

After updating to the new released iOS 11, users reported they couldn’t delete apps on iPhone iPad. “I cannot delete apps from iPad Air 2 after updating to iOS 11.4.1. Tried to delete using iCloud but that didn’t work either.”

Actually, this is one of common iOS update problems you may meet after updating to iOS 11.4.1 or iOS 12. And in previous iOS 10 and iOS 11 update, some iPhone users have ever got the similar app deleting issue. In this post, we collected some methods to fix this issue, and help you siccessfully delete apps on iPhone iPad?

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How to Fix iOS 11/12 Can’t Delete Apps on iPhone iPad

1. Delete Apps on iPhone 6s/7 or iPhone 8/X.

You may have found you can’t delete apps easily on your iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 or other devices with 3D-Touch feature. Because when you press an app, it brings you to 3D touch menu, instead of showing you the “X”. In this situation, just gently put your finger on the icon without pressing down to delete or move apps.

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2. Remove Built-in Apps on iPhone iPad

Usually, we can tap and hold on apps to remove the apps on our iPhone iPad. And iOS 11/10/12  enable us to remove some built-in apps. But you should know there are still some default apps that you cannot delete, including Messages, Phone, Settings, Safari, Clock, Camera, Photos, App Store, Health, Wallet and Find iPhone.

Remove Built-in Apps on iOS 11/10

Remove Built-in Apps on iOS 11/10/12

3. Delete Waiting Apps

Sometimes, your apps may be stuck on waiting when you install or update it, and you cannot delete it. For this issue, you can refer to: how to remove waiting apps on iPhone.

4. Restriction for Deleting Apps

If you don’t allow “deleting apps” on Restrictions, nobody could remove apps on your device. You can go to check whether you allow “deleting apps” by going to Settings > General > Restrictions.

Restrictions of Deleting Apps – iOS 11/10

Restrictions of Deleting Apps – iOS 11/10/12

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5. Remove Apps on iOS 11/12 by Settings

You can remove apps on iOS 11/12 devices by Settings. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage, find the app you want to remove and tap on it, tap “Delete App”.

Remove Apps on iOS 11 by Settings

Remove Apps on iOS 11/12 by Settings

6. Remove Apps on iPhone iPad with PhoneClean

If all above methods can’t help you delete apps on your iOS device, you can have a try on PhoneClean. This tool enables you 1-click remove multiple apps on your iPhone X/8/7/SE/6s/6/5/4. Below are the steps that you can follow to manage your iPhone storage and delete apps with PhoneClean.

Step 1. Download and install PhoneClean on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iOS device to computer with cable, run PhoneClean and click Toolbox > App Clean.

Remove Apps on iOS 11/10 with PhoneClean - Step 2

Remove Apps on iOS 11/10 with PhoneClean – Step 2

Step 3. Select the unwanted apps, and click Trash icon on the top right corner to remove the selected apps from your iPhone.

Remove Apps on iOS 11/10 with PhoneClean - Step 3

Remove Apps on iOS 11/10/12 with PhoneClean – Step 3

7. Other Methods

You can try some basic tips to fix your “iOS app deleting” problems, such as restart your device or Force-Restart, restore your device and delete iPhone iPad apps with iTunes.

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The Bottom Line

If these tips don’t work on your issue, you can post yours on the comment section for help. Besides deleting apps, we provide you with some other tips to free up space on your iPhone iPad. And you can use some professional iOS app uninstallers. For example, PhoneClean is featured with app uninstaller.

Tom Boyer

A writer for iMobie, has been covering iOS, Mac and Android related How-to Articles / Apps Reviews for 3+ years. Like sharing something about data recovering knowledge and apps.