iOS 16 lets you delete even more of Apple's default apps

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What you need to know

  • iOS 16 has added additional default apps that can be uninstalled from the iPhone.
  • Users can uninstall the Find My, Health, and Clock app.
  • The same goes for iPadOS 16.

Apple is giving users even more control over the built-in apps on iPhone and iPad.

Spotted by 9to5Mac, the iOS 16 developer beta allows users to uninstall even more of the default apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone. Users can now, if they wish, uninstall the Find My, Health, and Clock apps. According to the report, they will be able to do the same with the iPadOS 16 software update as well.

While it's unclear exactly what kind of functionality you might lose when uninstalling the Clock or Health app, the outlet has noticed that removing the Find My app doesn't necessarily turn off the built-in Find My features.

When it comes to Find My, deleting the app doesn't turn off built-in Find My features, such as Find My Friends. A message alerts the user that any people, devices, or items associated with their Apple ID will still be there after uninstalling the app and that users can still manage these options in the Settings app.However, as you might expect, you won't be able to locate your devices and accessories like AirTag without having the app installed. Apps removed from iOS can be reinstalled at any time through the App Store. Now there are only a few native Apple apps that still can't be uninstalled, such as Phone, Safari, Messages, and the App Store.

There are now a ton of default Apple apps that can be uninstalled from the iPhone, including the Mail, Calendar, Notes, Music, Maps, Reminders, and Podcasts app.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.