How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library on iPhone

Oct 7, 2020 - 46 Comments

How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library

One of the most interesting additions that come with the iOS 14 update is the new App Library. Within this feature, Apple gives its users the option to move, delete, and hide unwanted pages of apps and clean up their home screen.

App Library can be thought of as similar to Android’s app drawer, located right past the last home screen page on your iPhone. It automatically sorts all the apps by category and organizes them in folders. If you’ve been fiddling around with the new iOS 14 update, you may have seen it and tried to get a hang of it already. Perhaps, you may already know how to hide your pages or how you can automatically move downloaded apps to the App Library.

What if you want to move the apps stored in your App Library back to the home screen or what if you want to delete an app stored here? These are good questions, but we have the answer. In this article, we’ll cover how you can move and delete apps from App Library.

How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library

Moving apps back to the home screen and deleting apps directly from the App Library is not as complicated as you may think. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

  1. Head to the App Library section by scrolling past the last page on your home screen. Now long-press on an empty space in the App Library to enter jiggle mode or edit mode.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  2. Now, tap on the “X” icon next to any app here to delete it from your iPhone. When prompted, choose “Delete” to confirm. You won’t see the delete option next to smaller app icons in the App Library. This is because those apps are stored in folders, but we’ll get to them in a second.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  3. To move an app stored in the App Library back to the home screen, long-press on the app icon and choose “Add to Home Screen” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  4. Once you do this, you’ll be able to find and launch the app from your home screen.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  5. To delete an app stored in a folder, you’ll need to open the respective folder by tapping on the small app icons in the App Library. Next, long-press anywhere within the folder to enter jiggle or edit mode. Then, tap on the “X” icon to access the delete option. To move apps back to the home screen, you’ll need to manually drag and drop them on the home screen.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library

Now you’ve learned how to delete apps from the App Library or move them back to the home screen.

Although App Library serves as a quick and convenient way to keep your apps organized and properly sorted, it doesn’t do a great job if you want to open certain apps as fast as possible. For that, you’ll need to rely on Spotlight search.

If you haven’t set up App Library properly on your iPhone, you may want to learn how you can set your device to automatically move installed apps directly to the Recently Added section of your App Library. It’s something that’s not enabled by default.

Updated your iPhone to iOS 14 just recently? In that case, you may be interested in adding widgets to your home screen and give it a completely different look. Or, if you’re a multitasker, a feature like the new Picture in Picture video mode could come in handy quite often.

We hope you were able to get the most out of the App Library feature that iOS 14 has to offer. Have you been enjoying the new changes in iOS 14? What’s your favorite feature so far? Do share your valuable opinions and experiences in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Nick says:

    Deleting App from App Library DOES delete App from phone.

  2. Chelsea says:

    You need to go into screen time > content & privacy restrictions > iTunes & App Store purchases > deleting apps
    Make sure deleting apps says “allowed”

  3. Steve says:

    Thank you!
    What a sneaky way from apple! So hatefull. If not for your comment I wouldnt know! Again thanks for this information. So done with this, that you have zero control if you want to delete any apps from your own device!

  4. Erifili Kefala says:

    I had the same problem. This fixed it.

    Note that some built-in Apple apps cannot be deleted.
    If you cannot delete any apps from the App Library, there may be a restriction set on deleting apps. On an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes & App Store Purchases > Deleting Apps. See: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304#prevent-purchases

  5. Erifili Kefala says:

    Rob, thank you!!!!!

  6. DisgustedbyFruit says:

    This has got to be the most idiotic change Apple has done. “We’re gonna make it so you can’t quickly delete an app, so as long as you’re unaware it’s still there, it can keep feeding on usage data of the phone itself.” F’ing brilliant design Apple.

  7. Sherri says:

    I don’t see no x either. I’ve called the AT&T to fix my app so it will work right. They said delete and reload the app to my iPhone. I have a spare phone. No x on it either.

  8. Rhonda Monks says:

    Thank you!!!

  9. Rhonda Monks says:

    I get the jiggle, but no X to delete the app from the library. Help?

  10. Sandra says:

    I have apps in the library I want REMOVED totally from phone. I can get them to jiggle but NONE show able to delete. Help!!!

    • Brittney says:

      Did you get an answer to this? I am having the same issue and this list of instructions does not help.
      Thanks!

  11. Barb says:

    Thanks for the info … I’ve been flustered for weeks trying to figure out what was going on … I knew I couldn’t be that stupid but I guess I was 😂… thanks again !!! Wish Apple would leave well enough alone for now 😡… we get use to something n bam they change it up 😡

  12. Jake says:

    See how many people you’re pissing off Apple ? Why hide the option to delete apps in the most obscure location possible and make no obvious way to work this out ? Morons. And we’re well aware of your petty control game to stop Emergency Broadcast.

    You’re on your last legs just like any business seeking to exploit not serve humanities best interests

  13. Damien Howard says:

    If you dont get the X, this fixed it. Bravo!

  14. Rob says:

    I had the same problem. This fixed it.

    Note that some built-in Apple apps cannot be deleted.
    If you cannot delete any apps from the App Library, there may be a restriction set on deleting apps. On an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes & App Store Purchases > Deleting Apps. See: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304#prevent-purchases

    • Brian says:

      Rob, thanks for the step by step! Been searching for a few days to free up some storage. This gave back the delete “X” to the process. Sheesh what a pain.

    • John says:

      This STILL did not fix the issue. There is no X on apps in App Library after allowing delete in Screen Time.

  15. Jk says:

    I agree, what a pain

  16. Jamie says:

    I’m having same issue. But I am also not in current version. I refuse to download it.

  17. James says:

    My phone does not show the X in the corner of the apps, I still can’t delete anything

  18. Paul W says:

    Seab Hunt. You sir are a legend. Been trying to figure this out for days. Was ready to go to the dark side but now I can remain clear of Android.

  19. Ben says:

    I followed these directions but I don’t get the X to permanently delete the app.

  20. Ruth says:

    This morning I found that sometime in the night Apple “cleaned” up my library and they are no longer in the folders they were originally in. What happened? How can I move apps to a different folder in the library?

  21. Nicole F says:

    Thankyou so much your comment has been a lifesaver apparently mine was on this setting too and it drove me crazy nothing was working until I turned on the delete apps button

  22. Bev Lyman says:

    Thank you for your post informing how to remove apps from the App Library! I have been struggling for days to figure it out. Finally ran across your post….. and it worked! I have remove several apps already and will remove others in the future, I am sure. Again, thank you very much!!!

  23. Angela says:

    Does the new update delete the Emergency Alerts?

  24. Jenn says:

    Thank you soooo much! I was going crazy trying to figure out how to do this, then I ran upon your comment.

  25. p s councill says:

    DO NOT LIKE OR WANT APP LIBRARIES att AT ALL. WAS FINE WITH OUT IT.HOW DO I PERMANENTLY GET RID OF IT
    FOREVER

  26. D says:

    We need a new OS and new phones that respect privacy. Apple has become too invasive. Big Tech = Big Brother = Thought Police = Censorship

  27. Bterclinger says:

    Thank you for the tip on how to delete the apps I am done with.

    Now this 30 year Apple customer needs to find the resources to delete Apple,
    b/c Tim Cook is a totalitarian techno-fascist.

  28. Morgan says:

    I CANT DELETE ANY APPS AT ALL NOW SINCE I GOT THE LATEST UPDATE!!!!! THANKS ALOT FOR SCREWING THINGS UP APPLE!!!!!

  29. Seab Hunt says:

    I had the same issue. Figured out my iPhone was set to Not allow app deletion. Changed that permission and now I can delete unwanted apps. Settings-Screen Time- Content & Privacy Restrictions- iTune and App Store purchases- Deleting Apps- Allow

  30. Ben says:

    Why can’t I delete some apps I downloaded but decided I don’t want? Now my phone is telling me it will move it to the library but won’t delete the app! Argh!

  31. Harry Thomas says:

    Did it occur to you folks that there might be some apps we would prefer to hide from prying eyes? We can bury them in Home Screen folders, but the App Folder displays them even if we turn off all references in Settings>{App name}>Siri & Search.

    Strangely enough, this approach worked on my iPhone XS Max, but not on my iPhone 12 Pro.

  32. Mark Bergthold says:

    I am sick of Apple & Microsoft telling you how to do things. Over the past 13 years I have refined my app organization and in one split second Apple erased that. Make the damn thing configurable in settings. Theres Apple apps I don’t need or want, ie stocks & game center, and since they’re not part of the os, I s/b able to delete them.

  33. Tim says:

    I have seen this attitude of Apple with other organizations: “We pretty much know what’s best for you.” I’m getting tired of it. I realize Apple owns the phone and the software, but you know what? They can have both!

  34. John Latham says:

    Don,

    Couldn’t agree more !

    I can no longer find where my Apps are …. aggghhh !

  35. Arama says:

    Great tips as always! The newest update drove me crazy! Now I can get rid of useless apps. Thanks!

  36. Don says:

    Disgusting intrusion on users ability and desire to organise their own workspace in whatever way they choose – wish I’d never downloaded the update – took nearly two hours to get “MY” Home Screen organised in the way I use “MY” phone

    Big brother Apple

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