How to move and delete apps on iPhone and iPad

Deleting apps on iPhone
Deleting apps on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

As of iOS 13.2, the method for deleting an app has changed across the board. It's not exclusive to iPhones with 3D Touch. It's not only for the iPad Pro. If you've installed iOS 13.2 (or iPadOS 13.2), no matter what device you're using, there's a different method for deleting apps.

Note: You must be running iOS 13.2 in order to see the "delete" option on an app icon. Otherwise, you can simply trigger jiggle mode to delete an app.

How to delete one app at a time on iPhone and iPad

Similar to how you'd enter "jiggle mode" on devices with 3D Touch in the past, the key is to rest your finger on an app (no need to press down hard) for about one second.

  1. Find the app you want to delete on your Home screen.
  2. Press and hold on the app icon for one second.
  3. Tap Delete App when the menu options appear.

Press and hold on an app, then tap Delete

Press and hold on an app, then tap Delete (Image credit: iMore)

This will delete the single app. There is a way to delete multiple apps at the same time, too. Read on to find out how.

How to delete multiple apps on iPhone and iPad (jiggle mode)

Miss the good old days of "jiggle mode" on your Home screen? It's actually still there. You just have to be a little more patient.

  1. Select an app on your Home screen (it doesn't matter which one you select).
  2. Press and hold on the app icon for two seconds.
  3. Tap the X in the upper-left corner of each app icon you want to remove.
  4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of your iPhone (or press the Home button on iPhones with one) when you're done.

Press and hold on an app, then tap the X to delete it, then tap Done

Press and hold on an app, then tap the X to delete it, then tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

Ah, the warm, comforting familiarity of jiggle mode.

How to move an app on your iPhone and iPad Home screen

Press and hold on an app, then tap Edit Home Screen to enter jiggle mode and move app icons

Press and hold on an app, then tap Edit Home Screen to enter jiggle mode and move app icons (Image credit: iMore)

There are two ways to move apps around on the Home screen. You can either open the app icon menu or jump into jiggle mode.

  1. Select an app on your Home screen (it doesn't matter which one you select).
  2. Press and hold on the app icon for one second.
  3. Tap Edit Home Screen.

You'll now be back in that familiar jiggle mode interface, at which point you can move apps around to whichever page or folder you want. Just tap Done in the upper-right corner of your iPhone when you're done.

The faster way to get there, however, is simply to enter jiggle mode by pressing and holding an app for two seconds.

What to do if your motor skills make it difficult to delete an app

If you're unable to perform the gestures needed to trigger "jiggly" mode on your iPhone or iPad, you can delete them from the Settings app instead.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap [Device] Storage.

Tap Settings, then tap General, then tap Device Storage
  1. Select the app you want to delete.
  2. Tap Delete app.
  3. Tap Delete to confirm that you want to delete the app.

Tap the app you want to delete, then tap Delete App

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to delete apps on your iPhone or iPad? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Updated October 2019: Updated for iOS 13.

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

8 Comments
  • "Strangely, apps don't seem to jiggle anymore on 3D Touch supported devices. Maybe that's a glitch?" My apps are still a jigglin' on my iPhone 7 Plus running ios 11.
  • Never mind
  • Is there still no way to delete an App by name? I've got hundreds of apps and I cannot find the location of the App in the springboard.
  • My apps are wiggly jiggly 😃
  • Wiggly Jiggly. Me likes. That is kinda funny.
  • It's interesting how this isn't used anywhere else in iOS, it's almost like it was only designed just to make people laugh when it was first introduced, and it just stuck. It's technically not necessary because the "X" appears on the app icons, but I'm not complaining, it's one of those things that reminds me it's still an iPhone. As well as the silent switch
  • Many people still struggle or forgetting some basic things. (Like my wife) I made a fun video about deleting apps. Just posted it today on youtube.
  • I followed your steps to remove app ( I am running 12.1.4 (16D57) on an iPhone 5S) and all is fine through settings - General - iPhone storage and I click on the app I wish to remove. When I do that, the app appears and shows version and documents and data storage usage. There is no delete option on the screen. I have gone through the struggle of working with iPhone support and they told me the multitude of convoluted steps to set back to the old restrictions options. Unfortunately I didn't write them down. Any suggestions?