How to delete Stocks and other Apple apps in iOS 10
If you want to cut down on the apps you don't use in order to keep your iPhone organized, Apple has a solution for you: In iOS 10, you can easily remove unwanted pre-installed apps. Here's how.
- Which stock Apple apps can I delete from my iPhone and iPad?
- How to remove a pre-installed Apple app
- How to re-install a deleted Apple app
Which pre-installed Apple apps can I delete from my iPhone and iPad?
- Contacts (iPhone only, contact information is retained in the Phone app)
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Music (if removed, you won't be able to use it with CarPlay)
- Voice Memos
- Watch app (you'll have to unpair your Apple Watch before deleting it)
How to delete a pre-installed Apple app
Deleting a pre-installed Apple app is as easy as removing any other app on your home screen. Here's how.
- Open a folder or locate an Apple app you want to delete.
- Push down lightly on the app icon until it starts to dance.
- Tap the small x icon that appears on the top left.
- Tap Remove.
After removing the app, its icon will disappear from the folder or home screen.
One note on removing pre-installed apps: Don't do this if you need to free up some storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Because stock apps are part of the system bundle — some of them are deeply integrated with Siri, in fact — when you delete them, they aren't actually removed — they're just being hidden from the home screen. (It's very similar to the toggle for Apple's iCloud Drive app in iOS 9.)
How to re-install a hidden Apple app
- Launch the App Store from your Home screen.
- Tap the Search tab on the lower portion of screen.
- Enter the name of the app into the search bar. If that doesn't work, you can also search for Apple, then select the developer's page to see a list of all pre-installed apps.
- Tap Search in the bottom right corner.
- Tap the download button next to the result from Apple. It looks like a cloud with a downward arrow inside it.
That's it! Right now, it's a bit difficult to find Apple's first-party apps through search, but that should get easier after iOS 10 has been released to the public. In the meantime, searching for a well-known Apple app like the Apple Store app and getting the company's listings through there is the easiest way.
Can't find an app you uninstalled? Having problems with the process? Let us know in the comments!
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Tips (totally useless)
Podcasts (there are plenty if better ones.)
Apple Watch (u less you have one) I actually use stocks. Sent from the iMore App
Anyone can invest, and most people's retirement accounts (401(k), IRA, etc. - for those who are smart enough to contribute) are matched to certain indexes. It never hurts to keep track of how they are doing either. Not that it really matters for me. I have at least 35 years before I can touch those funds, haha.
As Rene says iPhone is the best phone since everyone brings their 'A' game. Hopefully Apple steps up their game with some of their apps.
The change on iOS10 is therefore welcomed!
Does it allow us to specify our preferred third party app (eg; email) as default now or do we still get a prompt to reinstall the stock app we deleted? Yes, it's great that I can remove apps I don't need at all like Tips and Watch, but I fail to see how this will work for stuff like email, unless Apple allows me to set a different client as default - eg; tapping an email address on a web page or text message.
Does it allow us to specify our preferred third party app (eg; email) as default now or do we still get a prompt to reinstall the stock app we deleted? Yes, it's great that I can remove apps I don't need at all like Tips and Watch, but I fail to see how this will work for stuff like email, unless Apple allows me to set a different client as default so that I can tap on addresses on web sites or text messages and be taken straight to a compose screen within my preferred client.