How to Remove iPhone Apps From Phone Applications Library

by Spanner Spencer

Any games or apps you download to your iPhone are linked to your iTunes account, rather than a specific device, so there is no danger in removing unwanted applications at any time. Some apps may no longer be of use, or you may find your iPhone becoming disorganized and want to remove those apps that get little use. Unwanted apps are deleted individually directly from your iPhone's Home screen or you can determine which apps to keep on your iPhone by selecting them in iTunes and syncing with your computer.

Removing Apps from the IPhone's Home Screen


Press the Home button on your iPhone to close any games or apps that are currently running and to return you to the Home screen.


Press and hold any app icon until all your apps begin to shake.


Tap the small "X" button on the icon of any apps that you want to remove from your iPhone's library, followed by the "Delete" button in the dialog box that appears.


Press the Home button to lock the remaining apps back in place once you have finished removing your unwanted apps.

Removing Apps Via ITunes


Connect your iPhone to your computer using its USB cable and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.


Select your iPhone from the "Devices" list in iTunes and open the "Apps" tab.


Scroll through the list of apps in the "Sync Apps" section and uncheck the boxes of any apps you want to remove from your iPhone.


Click the "Sync" button, followed by the "Remove" button in the dialog box that appears. Your unwanted apps are removed from the iPhone during synchronization.


  • check Checking the box next to an app in the iTunes "Sync Apps" section installs that app on your iPhone during sync, while removing any that are unchecked.
  • check You can redownload any apps that have been deleted from your iPhone or from iTunes at any time from the iTunes App Store without charge.

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About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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