There is little doubt that the apps installed on your iPad define the level of entertainment, productivity and general usefulness Apple‘s tablet has in your life. With the great number of apps available, sometimes we install something that we then want uninstalled, we’re here to help, this is how you delete apps on iPad.
Note: as with our tutorial on closing apps that was recently published, this tutorial is designed for the beginning user of the iPad.
Uninstalling apps on iPad
I was going to explain a few things about why you might want to uninstall, or delete, an app from your iPad, but the truth is, you can answer that better than I can. Whether you are no longer using an app, or it is just taking up too much space on your device, this is how you delete apps on iPad.
Part 1: delete the app from your home screen
You may have had the chance to follow along our iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 tips and tricks article from a while back, in which we pretty near cover what you need to do here. It was item #4, but don’t worry, I’ll explain again:
While viewing your large stack of app icons on the home screen of your device, simply tap and hold on the icon of the app that you wish to delete. Or, to be honest, tap and hold on any app on the screen, if that is more convenient, either way will get you to the next step.
This will enter an edit mode in which you can rearrange app icons, or, very simply, tap the ‘X’ in the top right corner of the icon to delete the app and its data.
A small pop up window will ask you to confirm your actions, answer in the affirmative and reclaim that space on you iPad.
When complete, hit the Home button to exit the editing mode.
Part 2 (optional): delete the app from iTunes on your connected PC
The days of needing to use iTunes on a connected PC to control the apps on your iOS device are long passed, but that does not mean we are fully clear of them. Many users report that after deleting the app by uninstalling from the home screen of their iPad, it just keeps coming back, like that cat nobody wants to speak of.
If your app continues to re-appear after deleting from your iPad, check that your device is not still set to sync to iTunes on your PC. If it is, go through iTunes to delete the app from the sync settings and your device.
If for some reason you do not see the “X” on the app icon when it is wobbling on your screen, there are two possible causes. The most common cause for difficulty in uninstalling apps from the iPad is the unfortunate fact that you cannot uninstall system apps. Those are the ones that were installed when you first turned on your new iPad.
The second common reason you may not be able to uninstall is in the security settings of the device. Head into your system Settings -> General -> Restrictions to see if restrictions are turned on, then turn them off, at least temporarily, until the uninstall is complete.
We covered a lot of extras and ‘what if’ scenarios today, I hope deleting apps from your iPad is as easy as our first steps described.
Have you had any strange app uninstall hiccups worth sharing?