How to Delete Apps in iOS 13 & iPadOS 13

Oct 6, 2019 - 6 Comments

How to delete apps in iOS 13

You might be asking yourself how to delete apps in iOS 13, now that when you long-press on an app icon you see a contextual menu. The functionality for deleting apps and removing them from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch remains in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, but it’s just slightly different enough than it was before to possibly cause people to wonder how it works, or even if deleting apps is still possible.

Read on to learn how to delete apps in iOS 13 and later on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to Delete Apps from iOS 13 & iPadOS 13

Here is how you delete apps in iOS 13 and later on the iPhone or iPod touch, and iPadOS 13 or later on iPad:

  1. From the Home Screen, navigate to the app you want to delete
  2. Tap and hold on the app icon that you want to delete, continue holding until a pop-up menu appears
  3. How to delete apps in iOS 13  step 1

  4. Continue holding the tap until the pop-up menu vanishes and all the app icons start to wiggle, do not let go of the tap until the icons wiggle
  5. How to delete apps in iOS 13 step 2

  6. Tap the “(X)” button on the app you want to delete
  7. How to delete apps in iOS 13  step 3

  8. Tap to confirm that you want to delete the app in question
  9. How to delete apps in iOS 13  step 4

  10. When finished deleting apps, tap the “Done” button in the corner, or use the Home gesture to stop the apps jiggling
  11. How to delete apps in iOS 13  step 5

That’s all there is to it, slightly different from before, but not too different.

The main thing to keep in mind with deleting apps from iOS 13 is that you have to keep holding the tap until the icons start jiggling, which is just as it was before except now there’s a little contextual pop-up menu that shows up first. This can be a little confusing at first, but with practice you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Just keep holding on that app icon tap and ignore the contextual popup menu (or choose “Rearrange apps” from that menu), then in a moment the icons will wiggle and you can delete the app as usual.

You can also delete apps by choosing “Rearrange apps” from the pop-up menu that shows up, and likewise you can rearrange apps in iOS 13.x and iPadOS 13.x using the same method by tapping and holding on an app icon until they jiggle and then move the apps around as usual.

The very short video embedded below demonstrates how to delete apps on iOS 13 and later on iPhone, the entire process of deleting an app from start to finish is seconds long as you can see in the video itself:

You can also delete apps directly from within the App Store too now, through the Updates section, allowing you to easily uninstall apps from the same place you installed them from originally. Speaking of the App Store, if you’re wondering how to update apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS with App Store and where the Updates tab went, you can learn about that here.

Are you having issues deleting apps in iOS 13 and ipadOS, or do you find it to be just as easy as it was before? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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

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  1. Keno Wairmle says:

    You can also long-press the app icon, then choose “Rearrange Apps” and then delete apps after the icons start jiggling.

    iOS 13 is weird!

  2. L HEYBOER says:

    I’m hoping you’ll have an article soon about how quickly batteries are used up with the new system. I’ve done all the “Tips” things, which I used in the previous one too. But now I’m often finding I need to recharge Both my iPhone and my iPad half way through the Day. I’m retired so don’t need them for work, just reading or Solitaire. Will there be a fix for this soon?

  3. blogofapps says:

    haha, I don’t know that apple have changed the way of app deletion until I see this and see that by my self…

  4. Thompson says:

    How do you hide an app that contains private information no one should see? Are there other apps that can do that?

  5. zeek says:

    How do you delete applications without finding them on the display? One way is to go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and scroll down. The apps are listed down the screen. They aren’t alphabetized (that’d be nice) so you have to look for it to appear randomly. Selecting an app’s name brings up a screen with an option to offload it or to delete it. Anyone know of any other methods? While I’m at it, is there a way to alphabetize that list of app names? Thanks.

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