How to Delete Apps on iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Deleting apps on an iPad is a simple process that can help free up storage space and declutter your home screen. By following a few quick steps, you can remove any unwanted or unused apps in no time.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Delete Apps on iPad

Before we dive into the step-by-step process, it’s important to note that deleting apps will remove them from your iPad, along with all their data. If you think you might want to use the app again in the future, consider offloading it instead, which will keep its documents and data.

Step 1: Find the app you want to delete

Locate the app on your home screen or in your app library.

It’s important to remember that some pre-installed apps cannot be deleted.

Step 2: Press and hold the app icon

Tap and hold the app until a menu appears or the icons start jiggling.

If you press too lightly, you might open the app instead of getting the delete option.

Step 3: Tap "Remove App" or "Delete App"

Select the "Remove App" or "Delete App" option from the menu or tap the ‘x’ on the app icon if they’re jiggling.

Make sure not to accidentally select "Share App" or any other options that may appear.

Step 4: Confirm the deletion

Confirm you want to delete the app when prompted.

Remember, this action cannot be undone, and all app data will be lost.

After completing these steps, the app will be deleted from your iPad, and the icon will disappear from your home screen.

Tips for Deleting Apps on iPad

  • You can delete multiple apps at once by entering "jiggle mode" and tapping the ‘x’ on each app.
  • To quickly stop the icons from jiggling, press the home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • If you’re unable to delete an app, check if it’s part of a managed profile or parental controls are set up.
  • Deleted apps can always be re-downloaded from the App Store if you change your mind.
  • If you only want to hide an app rather than delete it, you can move it to the App Library instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I delete apps on my iPad without the ‘x’?

Go to Settings > General > iPad Storage, find the app you want to delete, tap on it, and then select "Delete App."

Can I recover an app after deleting it?

Yes, as long as the app is still available on the App Store, you can re-download it at any time.

Why can’t I delete some apps on my iPad?

Some apps are essential to the iPad’s functionality and cannot be deleted, but they can be removed from the home screen.

How do I delete app data along with the app?

When you delete an app, its data is usually deleted automatically. However, some data might be stored in iCloud, which you can manage separately.

Can I delete an app from all my devices at once?

No, you need to delete apps individually on each device unless you’re using a management tool for multiple devices.


  1. Find the app you want to delete.
  2. Press and hold the app icon.
  3. Tap "Remove App" or "Delete App."
  4. Confirm the deletion.


Deleting apps on your iPad is a breeze once you know the steps. Whether you’re decluttering your device, making room for new apps, or just wanting to get rid of something you no longer use, the process is straightforward and quick. Remember, once an app is deleted, its data is gone too, so be sure to back up any important information before you hit that delete button. And don’t worry, if you have second thoughts, the App Store is always there for you to retrieve any app you’ve said goodbye to. Happy decluttering, and enjoy the newfound space on your iPad!