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How to Delete and Restore Built-in iPhone Apps on iOS 14

iPhones don't have any bloatware problem as such. However, they do have preloaded apps from Apple that may not be useful for everyone. Hence, many of you may want to remove the unwanted stock apps to save storage or home screen space. In this article, let's have a brief look at how you can remove and delete built-in apps on iPhone running iOS 14. Besides, I've also mentioned reinstalling and restoring these deleted iPhone apps. Read on.

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Remove and Restore Built-in Apps on iPhone

iOS allows you to remove built-in Apple apps directly, similar to removing any other app on your phone. Below is a detailed guide on deleting and restoring preloaded apps on your iPhone.

1. Delete Preloaded Apple Apps on iPhone

  1. Long-press anywhere on your iPhone home screen to enter Jiggle mode.
  2. Click the remove icon (-) next to the app you want to delete.
  3. Click on the Delete App.
  4. OR, you can directly long-press and app icon, and tap Remove App > Delete App.

When you remove a built-in app from your Home Screen, it also removes any related user data and configuration files.

iPhone Apps You Can Remove

  1. Activity
  2. Apple Books
  3. Calculator
  4. Calendar
  5. Compass
  6. Contacts
  7. FaceTime
  8. Files
  9. Home
  10. iTunes Store
  11. Mail
  12. Maps
  13. Measure
  14. Apple Music
  15. News
  16. Notes
  17. Podcasts
  18. Reminders
  19. Stocks
  20. Shortcuts
  21. Tips
  22. TV
  23. Videos
  24. Voice Memos
  25. Watch
  26. Weather

Remove App from Home Screen, Move to App Library

If you want to remove an app from your iPhone home screen, you can simply move it to the app library instead of deleting it from your iPhone. To do so:

  1. Long-press anywhere on your home screen to enter Jiggle mode.
  2. Tap the remove icon (-) on the app.
  3. Click on Remove from HomeScreen.
  4. OR, directly long-press and app icon, tap Remove App > Remove from HomeScreen.

That's it. The app will be moved from your home screen to the app library. You can swipe to the right of the last home screen page to access the app library.

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2. Restore a Built-in App that You Deleted

  1. Open App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Search for the app you want to restore.
  3. Install it normally, like any other app.

Can't remember the apps you removed? You can directly visit the Apple apps page on App Store to check and restore all built-in on your iPhone.

Recover Apps from App Library

If you have moved apps to the app library, you can easily bring them back to your home screen, as follows:

  1. Swipe to the right of the last Home screen page.
  2. Here, you’ll find the App Library.
  3. Check the desired category folder or use the search bar to find your app.
  4. Long-press the app icon and click Add to Home Screen.
  5. You can also directly drag it from the app library to the home screen.

Wrapping Up

This was all about how you can delete and restore built-in apps on your iPhone running iOS 14. I hope you can now remove preloaded Apple apps on your iPhone like Maps, Mail, Music, Apple TV, News, and all others you don't require. Anyways, be careful with apps you remove- they can affect other system functionality.

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Ritik Singh

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