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How to delete content you've downloaded from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store

You can delete items that you bought from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store from your iOS device, Mac, or PC. Because Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) plays content from the cloud, you don't need to delete items from your Apple TV.

Before you delete an item, make sure you can download it again. If you can't or need to pay to download it again, back up the item before you delete it.

After you delete an item, it might still be visible if you can download it again from iTunes in the Cloud. The Download icon will appear next to these items. You can hide items available in iCloud and purchases from the Mac App Store.

Apps

Open the section below for the device you're using.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to delete.
  2. The apps will begin to jiggle.
  3. Tap the X on the app.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Apps.
  3. Click the app you want to delete.
  4. Press Delete on your keyboard.

Audiobooks

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone or iPod touch

You can't delete an audiobook directly from your iPhone or iPod touch. But you can delete one by syncing to a computer with iTunes, then following the instructions for Mac or PC below.

Make sure you back up the audiobook. You will need to purchase it again if you want to download it.

iPad

Before you delete, back up the audiobook. You will need to purchase it again if you want to download it.

  1. Tap the Music app.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Audiobooks.
  4. Tap and hold the audiobook you want to delete.
  5. Tap the X that appears.

Mac or PC

Before you delete, back up the audiobook. You will need to purchase it again if you want to download it.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Books.
  3. Click Audiobooks in the navigation bar.
  4. Click the audiobook you want to delete.
  5. Press Delete on your keyboard.

Books

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap the iBooks app.
  2. View your Purchased Books collection.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap any books you want to delete.
  5. Tap Delete.

You'll have the option to delete your book on all your devices.

Mac or PC

If you're using OS X Mavericks or later, you can delete books from iBooks:

  1. Open iBooks.
  2. Click the book you want to delete.
  3. Press Delete on your keyboard.

If you're using an earlier version of OS X, you can delete books from iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Books.
  3. Click Books in the navigation bar.
  4. Click the book you want to delete.
  5. Press Delete on your keyboard.

iTunes U courses

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap the iTunes U app.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap the course you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose iTunes U.
  3. Click the course you want to delete.
  4. Press Delete on your keyboard.

Mac Apps

  1. Click the Launchpad in the Dock.
  2. Click and hold the app you want to delete.
  3. The apps will begin to jiggle.
  4. Click the X that appears.

If you change your mind after deleting a Mac app, you can download the app again if it's still available in the Mac app store.

Magazines and newspapers

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Newsstand.
  2. Tap and hold the magazine or newspaper you want to delete.
  3. Tap the X that appears.

Deleting a magazine or newspaper app doesn't delete a paid subscription that you may have. Learn how to cancel a paid subscription.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Apps.
  3. Click the magazine or newspaper app you want to delete.
  4. Press Delete on your keyboard.

Deleting a magazine or newspaper app doesn't delete a paid subscription that you may have. Learn how to cancel a paid subscription.

Movies

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Swipe left over the movie you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.

iPad

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap the X on the movie you want to delete.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Movies.
  3. Click Movies in the navigation bar.
  4. Click the movie you want to delete.
  5. Press Delete on your keyboard.

In iTunes 11 or later, the movie cover art will remain visible, but a Download  icon will appear on it to allow you to download the item again (in countries that support this).

Movie rentals

Open the section below for the device you are using. If you delete a movie rental, you'll have to pay to rent it again—unless, of course, you rented the movie on your Mac or PC using iTunes and synced it over to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Swipe left over the movie rental you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.

iPad

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap the X on the movie rental you want to delete.

Mac or PC

If you delete a movie rental, you'll have to pay to rent it again.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Movies.
  3. Click Rented in the navigation bar.
  4. Click the movie rental you want to delete.
  5. Press Delete on your keyboard.

Music

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap the Music app.
  2. Tap the Songs category.
  3. Swipe left over the song you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Music.
  3. Click Songs in the navigation bar.
  4. Click the song you want to delete.
  5. Press Delete on your keyboard.

In iTunes 11 or later, the album cover art will remain visible, but a Download  icon will appear on it to allow you to download the item again (in countries that support this).

Note: If you didn't purchase a song from the iTunes Store, you can't download it again for free from iTunes in the Cloud. You might want to back it up somewhere on your computer.

Music videos

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Swipe left over the music video you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.

iPad

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap the X on the music video you want to delete.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Music.
  3. Click Videos in the navigation bar.
  4. Click the music video you want to delete.
  5. Press Delete on your keyboard.

In iTunes 11 or later, the music video will remain visible, but a Download  icon will appear on it to allow you to download the item again (in countries that support this).

Ringtones/Tones

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can't delete purchased ringtones or tones directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But you can delete them by syncing to a computer with iTunes, then following the instructions for Mac or PC below.

Mac or PC

If you delete a ringtone or tone from iTunes, you'll have to pay again to download it from the iTunes Store. Just to be safe, back it up somewhere on your computer.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose Tones.
  3. Click the ringtone or tone you want to delete.
  4. Press Delete on your keyboard.

TV shows

Open the section below for the device you are using.

iPhone or iPod touch

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Tap a TV show.
  3. Swipe left over the episode you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.

iPad

  1. Tap the Videos app.
  2. Tap a TV Show.
  3. Swipe left over the episode you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.

Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Library pop-up menu, choose TV Shows.
  3. Click Shows in the navigation bar.
  4. Click a TV show.
  5. Click a TV episode you want to delete.
  6. Press Delete on your keyboard.

In iTunes 11 or later, the TV show cover art will remain visible, but a Download  icon appear on it to allow you to download the item again (in countries that support this).

 

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