How to remove root certificates from your iPhone or iPad

Apple has removed root certificate-based ad blockers from the App Store, like Been Choice, because they pose a potential privacy and security risk. To get the root certificates off your iPhone or iPad, however, you need to dive into Settings. Here's how to do it!

How to delete root certificates from your iPhone or iPad

Removing a root certificate—sometimes conflated with VPN profile—isn't obvious, but it is easy once you know how.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Profile. (If you don't see Profile it means you have nothing to delete or worry about!)
  4. Tap on the profile you want to delete.

  1. Tap Delete profile.
  2. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. Tap Delete to confirm.

That's it. The root certificate is now deleted and will no longer be able to do any deep packet inspection of your web activity, secure transactions, private communications, or anything else of the kind.

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  • I made it as far as Step 2, but when I got to Step 3, there was no "Profile" button to tap?
    iPhone 6 w/ iOS 9.0.2
  • Same here. Does that mean there are no profiles installed? Hence we can't see the profiles setting?
  • Yes, if there's no Profiles, there's nothing to delete or worry about!
  • Rene, are you sure about your terminology here? I would call those iOS management profiles, personally. A root certificate, in my experience, is for trusted websites in the browser.
  • Yeah, that's the proper iOS terminology. They're done through VPN Profiles and it's how they intercept and decrypt SSL/TLS traffic.
  • I tried the Been Choice app for a few hours and it was horrible. Really slowed down the phone. Deleted app and was left with the VPN still active. Called tech support but I ultimately figured it out when I was on hold for the second time. You have to delete the Been mode profile. Not all ad blockers are the same. I told her what I did and told her Apple should take this app out. Good move Apple but it shouldn't have been approved to begin with.