With the release of iOS 14 and the new App Library, which functions as an app tray that stores all the apps installed on your phone, the process of deleting apps has changed. So below we guide you through the process of deleting an app or moving an app to the App Library.
Delete apps on your home screen
There are different ways to delete an app. To get started, you can long-press on an app icon until you see a pop-up menu. Depending on the app, the menu might have actions you can take. For example, the Mail app will have a shortcut to writing a new email. In addition to the app-specific actions, iOS includes two system options: Remove App and Edit Home Screen.
You can also long-press on the app icon for a few seconds until the app icons start to shake.
Whether you select Remove App from the pop-up menu or tap the “-” sign on the app icon while it is shaking, you will see that you will be asked if you want to delete the app or move it to the App Library.
Deleting the app will remove all its data from your phone, freeing up storage space. If you move it to your App Library, only the app icon will be removed from your home screen. The app will remain installed and you can access it at any time by swiping from right to left on your home screen until you reach your App Library.
If you’re opting for the app-shaking mode, repeat the same steps until you’re done, then tap Done or tap an empty space on the screen.
Delete the apps in your App Library
You don’t have to take an app out of your App Library and place it on the home screen to delete it from your phone. In fact, there are several ways to delete an application from the App Library.
The first option is to tap on the search bar at the top of the App Library and search for the app you want to delete, or you can also scroll down until you find it. Long press on the app icon until you see the pop-up menu, and then select Delete App.
The other option is to find the app in the categories folder, long press on it, and then select Delete App. You can continue to delete apps by tapping the “X” after activating shake mode. Tap Done or exit the folder when you’re done.