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iOS 10 finally lets you delete stock iPhone apps

by Jacob Kleinman | June 13, 2016June 13, 2016 3:15 pm PDT

Good news if you hate Apple’s pre-installed apps. The newly released iOS 10 beta lets you delete many of them from the device just as easily as you’d remove a third-party application. However, some necessary apps, like the Camera, Settings, Phone and Health still can’t be removed.

Apple didn’t mention this new feature during its keynote presentation, but people began to notice it pretty quickly once the beta arrived. The company also published a special support page to walk you through the option.

To delete any of Apple’s apps just hold down on one until it starts to jiggle. Then press the “x” and confirm you want to remove it. If you want to re-download any of those apps you’ll be able to find them in the App Store for free.

Here’s a list of all the Apple apps that can be deleted with iOS 10:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts (iPhone only)
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music (means you can’t use it in CarPlay)
  • News (not yet, but in a later iOS 10 beta)
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • Videos
  • Voice Memos
  • Watch app
  • Weather

Apple notes that you may want to think twice before deleting any apps, especially if you have an Apple Watch relying on your iPhone for information. The company also notes that all its pre-installed apps take up just 150MB of storage space combined. So it won’t make a huge difference, but if you’re desperate for free space this might help.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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