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Removing Unwanted Apps from the iPad

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 by | Filed Under: iOS

Rose from LA writes:

On iPad – how do I delete apps I no longer want?

With more than half a million applications available on the iTunes App Store, it’s tempting — and easy — to fill up your iPad with apps you use once or twice and quickly lose interest in. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to delete unwanted apps and free up space for the killer apps you can’t live without.

Make sure the iPad is turned on and unlocked. On the home screen, or the screen containing the app you want to delete, touch and hold your finger on an app until all the apps onscreen start shaking. You’ll see an “X” in the upper left corner of each app. It will look like this:

Deleting an app

Touch the “X” on the application you want to delete. A message will appear, asking you to confirm that you want to delete the app. Tap “Delete” to delete the app from your iPad, or “Cancel” to change your mind. Deleting the app also removes all associated data, such as saved games or documents, from your iPad.

Delete App Confirmation

When you’re finished deleting apps, press the “Home” button to return to your home screen and stop the icons from wiggling.

If you later change your mind about an application that you’ve deleted, you can redownload it from the App Store without having to pay for it again.

~ Jacqui Lane,26911/

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7 Responses to “Removing Unwanted Apps from the iPad”

  1. Brenda Angell says:

    I love your tips, always have. This is a good one.

  2. Libby says:

    The problem I find though its when I sync my iphone with the cable to my itunes on my PC, the apps that I’ve deleted (using the same method as you describe for ipad); the apps are still there in my itunes.

    Is there a way to delete them from my itunes interface?


  3. Nancy Scott says:

    Will this work the same way for a tablet using Android such as Asus eee Transformer?

  4. Colby says:

    Similar question as Libby’s. To completely remove the app from the library and all devices, what is the correct order to delete? Thanks. I love these tips.

  5. Libby says:

    Thanks for these tips, love them— except, there is never a reply to Comments. As you can see, I posted a question to this same tip that was previously posted on May 15, 2012, and have yet to received any response. Too bad no one monitors these at Worldstart to provide follow up. :(

  6. Jesse W Isaac says:

    Please tell how to delete unwanted apps with unwanted storage shown in settings?

  7. Lenore scott says:

    I have an app called Ecard: Birt…I hit the app x its ask do I.Want to delete it ? I hit yes but it does not delete the app is in waiting it gray not finish totally completely

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