You can uninstall Apple apps with iOS 10

Manny Pham
June 14, 2016

That’s right you can now uninstall those intrusive Apple apps with iOS 10. Libations for everyone!

Apple kept this feature quiet in their announcement of iOS 10. We’re now free from the Stock and Compass apps, still unbelievable isn’t it? Hope you were sitting down. For years we’ve had to hide them away in folders within folders, like a horrible shame that would’ve have brought dishonour to your app family.

Not only will this clear up space on your home screen, it will also reclaim back precious storage space as iOS devices of course do offer expandable memory. The Apple apps are now visible within the App Store, confirming their removal from deity status, rendering them mere mortals for you to strike down whenever you please.

Certain Apple apps will understandably remain untouchable; Camera, Messaging, Photos. Presumably these apps are tied deeper into the system to be uninstalled, which is no different to Android counterparts. There also might be a time when you would need to use these apps, so by keeping these apps at deity status, Apple are saving Apple Support from a lot of desperate tweets for help.

Before you start the purge, bear in mind once the apps are uninstalled you will LOSE user data. Removing the weather app will also remove it from your notifications centre and will not appear on your Apple Watch.

Apple Apps for the chopping block

Here is a full list of built-in apps that you can uninstall.

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCould Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music
  • News
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • Videos
  • Voice Memos
  • Watch app
  • Weather

The News app will be removable at a later date, removing certain app could render parts of iOS unusable so Apple will need time to sort out the code. Think of a Jenga tower with an anxious Genius slowly prodding at it.

It’s quite a big step for Apple to allow such customisation in their operating system. We could be seeing further customisation from the Cupertino company in future, perhaps selecting your own default apps? The future is going to be filled with surprises.

For more on iOS 10 and WWDC 2016 check out our round up.

For more on Apple visit What Mobile’s dedicated Apple page.   



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