Manage the built-in Apple apps on your iOS 12 or later device or Apple Watch

With iOS 12 and later, the following apps from Apple are built-in on your iPhone* and provided as part of the overall iOS experience.

  • Activity
  • App Store
  • Apple Books
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Files
  • Find iPhone
  • Find My Friends
  • Health
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Measure
  • Messages
  • Music
  • Notes
  • Phone
  • Photos
  • Photo Booth
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Safari
  • Settings
  • Siri
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • TV (where available)
  • Videos
  • Voice Memos
  • Wallet
  • Watch
  • Weather

* iPad and iPod touch have a subset of these built-in apps. For example, the Phone and Watch apps are only built-in on iPhone.

Delete built-in Apple apps from your iOS device

With iOS 12 and later, you can delete some built-in Apple apps from your device.

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:

  • Activity
  • Apple Books4
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts2
  • FaceTime3
  • Files
  • Find My Friends 
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps4
  • Measure
  • Music4
  • Notes
  • Photo Booth
  • Podcasts4
  • Reminders 
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • Videos or TV
  • Voice Memos
  • Watch app5
  • Weather

  1. 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.
  2. If you delete the Contacts app, all of your contact information will remain in the Phone app.
  3. If you delete the FaceTime app, you can still make and receive FaceTime calls in Contacts and the Phone app.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 on your device

  1. 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.
  2. Tap on the app, then tap Delete. 
  3. 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

  1. On your iOS device, go to the App Store. 
  2. Search for the app. Make sure that you use the exact name of the app. Find the correct name of built-in apps.
  3. Tap Download to restore the app.
  4. 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 Home screen

Deleting built-in apps from your Home screen 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 Music app, you may be unable to play some audio content using Apple apps or third-party apps on some car stereos or stereo receivers.
  • 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 Home screen.

Which built-in apps have access to user data

These built-in apps from Apple have access to the following user data in order to provide you with related features and functionality:

  • Activity: Calendar, Contacts, Photos, and HealthKit
  • App Store: Camera, Contacts, and Media & Apple Music
  • Apple Books: Media & Apple Music
  • Calendar: Calendar, Contacts, Photos, and Reminders
  • Camera: Camera, Contacts, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, and Photos
  • Clock: Media & Apple Music, Motion & Fitness, and Health app sleep analysis data
  • Contacts: Camera, Calendar, Contacts, and Photos
  • FaceTime: Camera, Calendar, Contacts, Microphone, and Photos
  • Files: Contacts and Photos
  • Find my Friends: Contacts
  • Health: Camera, Contacts, Health, Motion & Fitness, and Photos
  • Home: Camera, Contacts, HomeKit, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, and Photos
  • iTunes Store: Camera, Contacts, and Media & Apple Music
  • Mail: Calendar, Contacts, Photos, and Reminders
  • Maps: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Photos, and Reminders
  • Measure: Camera
  • Messages: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Health app heartbeat data, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, Photos, and Reminders
  • Music: Camera, Contacts, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, and Photos
  • Notes: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Microphone, and Photos
  • Phone: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, Photos, and Reminders
  • Photos: Contacts, Media & Apple Music, and Photos
  • Podcasts: Camera, Contacts, and Media & Apple Music
  • Reminders: Calendar, Contacts, and Reminders
  • Safari: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Face ID, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, and Photos
  • Settings: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Face ID, HomeKit, Media & Apple Music, Microphone, Photos, Reminders, and Speech Recognition
  • Stocks: Contacts
  • Tips: Media & Apple Music and HomeKit
  • TV: Media & Apple Music
  • Videos: Media & Apple Music
  • Voice Memos: Microphone
  • Wallet: Camera, Contacts, and Face ID
  • Watch: Calendar, Camera, Contacts, HealthKit, Media & Apple Music, Photos, and Reminders

By default, these built-in apps don't have access to user data:

  • Calculator
  • Compass
  • Find iPhone
  • Weather
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