Prevent Apps from Being Deleted on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
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:
- Open “Settings” and tap on “General”
- Go to “Restrictions” and enter your pin code, locate “Deleting Apps” and switch to OFF
- 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.