When you delete a built-in app from your device, you also delete any related user data and configuration files. This can affect things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch.
Built-in apps you can delete from your device
If you have iOS 12 or later, you can delete1 these apps from your device:
- Apple Books4
- Find My Friends
- iTunes Store
- News (where available)
- Photo Booth
- TV (where available)
- Voice Memos
- Watch app5
- With iOS 10, you can remove built-in apps from the Home screen on your device, but you can't delete them. See this article for more information on built-in apps in iOS 10.
- If you delete the Contacts app, all of your contact information will remain in the Phone app.
- If you delete the FaceTime app, you can still make and receive FaceTime calls in Contacts and the Phone app.
- If you delete the Apple Books, Maps, Music, or Podcast apps, they won’t be available to use with CarPlay. If you delete the Music app, you'll be unable to play audio content in its library using Apple apps or third-party apps on some car stereos or stereo receivers.
- If you try to delete the Watch app from an iPhone that’s paired with an Apple Watch, an alert asks you to unpair your Apple Watch before you can delete the app.
Delete a built-in app from your device
- On your iOS device, touch and hold the app lightly until it jiggles. If the app doesn't jiggle, make sure that you're not pressing too hard.
- Tap on the app, then tap Delete.
- Press the Home button to finish.
If you have an Apple Watch, deleting an app from your iPhone also deletes that app from your Apple Watch.
Restore a built-in app that you deleted
- On your iOS device, go to the App Store.
- Search for the app. Make sure that you use the exact name of the app. Find the correct name of built-in apps.
- Tap to restore the app.
- Wait for the app to restore, then open it from your Home screen.
If you have an Apple Watch, restoring an app to your iPhone also restores that app to your Apple Watch.
What happens when you delete built-in apps from your device
Deleting built-in apps from your device can affect other system functionalities. Here are some examples:
- If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, deleting an app from your iPhone also deletes that app from your Apple Watch Home screen.
- If you delete the Podcasts app from your device, Podcasts won’t be available with CarPlay.
- If you delete the Stocks or Weather app from your device, stocks and weather won’t be available elsewhere. For example, you won’t see stocks and weather information in Notification Center on your iPhone or as Complications or Glances on your Apple Watch.
- If you delete the Calculator app, the calculator won’t appear in Control Center.
To restore an affected functionality, you can add built-in apps back to your device.