Prevent Apps from Being Deleted on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

Jul 23, 2012 - 2 Comments

Prevent the Deletion of Apps in iOS

If you want to prevent someone from deleting apps on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone, all you need to do is flick a Restrictions setting in iOS:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “General”
  2. Go to “Restrictions” and enter your pin code, locate “Deleting Apps” and switch to OFF
  3. Exit out of Settings

You can confirm apps are no longer able to be deleted by tapping and holding on an apps icon to make them jiggle, where you’ll discover the (x) is now missing.

This is one of those must-have restrictions along with disabling in-app purchases if you’re letting little kids use an iPad or iPhone because it’ll stop them from accidentally deleting anything, but it’s also helpful for iOS devices that get public usage, or if you’re brave enough to let your dog or cat play games on the thing.

While you’re in the Restrictions menu it can also be a good idea to prevent the installation of new apps.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. John Zakowski says:

    Now maybe if the iPad 7″ comes I can get one for the little ones and not be worried about them messing it up!

  2. Floris says:

    This is an excellent reminder, and a great way to prevent those smarty pants from pranking me with removing an app thinking it’s funny. It also prevents accidental abuse by a cat that requires more petting time and therefor ruins the iPad setup (I am on to you kittycat!)

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