You can delete stock Apple apps in iOS 10

By , Jun 13, 2016

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Several stock iOS apps turned up in the App Store this morning, inciting speculation that you will soon be allowed to delete them. Apple didn’t mention anything about this during the keynote, but after installing the initial iOS 10 beta, we can confirm that many stock apps are deletable in Wiggle mode.

These apps include Calendar, Weather, Maps, Videos, Notes, Reminders, Stocks, iTunes Store, Home, FaceTime and others that currently come pre-installed on iOS devices, and are not eligible to be deleted or even hidden. We’re guessing important apps like Phone and Messages are still mandatory.

This is a big deal for a few reasons. For one, it will allow users to clear up extra space on their devices if their storage becomes full. And two, those who don’t like the stock apps can now delete them and use third-party options. The inability to remove stock apps has long been a pain point for iOS users.

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Again Apple hasn’t said anything publicly about this yet, so there’s a few things we don’t know. Perhaps the biggest issue concerns default customization. So for instance, if I were to delete the Mail app, what happens when I open email links? In the iOS 10 beta, the option to send via Mail just disappears.

We’ll keep you updated on this as we learn more, and be sure to stay tuned to iDB for more iOS 10 and WWDC coverage!

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  • wow finally

  • John Kerby

    None of these apps are available in the Canadian app stores

    • N1TeSH1FT

      As I read on some pages: Some say they’re only available on the web-view of iTunes-Store right now some say only if you have the 10 beta installed.

      • John Kerby

        I haven’t seen them on the web-view eather

  • James G

    This is big news. I hope that means updates to these apps can come from App Store as well instead of full on iOS releases.

    • haridsv

      Yep… finally caching up to Google on this.

      • Scott

        It seems like a whole slew of the iOS 10 changes are intended to catch up…not a bad thing.

      • ravinigga

        Google?

      • haridsv

        Yep, Google started with the strategy of moving all core Android apps to the Play Store so that their release cycle can be different and faster than the core OS cycle. They also needed this because Android OS updates don’t get pushed by 3rd parties, so unless they deliver app updates via Play Store, there is no chance for them to reach most users.

        However, Apple did something more here for iOS. For Android, you can only disable stock apps, not delete them, but in iOS, one seem to be able to delete these apps such that the space is reclaimed.

        Also, in Android even if you delete the stock apps via root (jailbreak), it will only release space on the system partition which can’t readily be reused for other purposes. I am not sure how iOS manages to release the space though, perhaps iOS doesn’t have a system partition, or the stock apps come installed on the user partition.

    • techfreak23

      Nope. Turns out that this only hides the apps, doesn’t actually delete them from the device. Those app store links only restore the icon back to your home screen.

  • Sailor_V90

    Praise Steve Jobs! lol

  • onesimpleclik

    About damn time!

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    News still can not be deleted.

    • 9to5Slavery

      lol!

    • techfreak23

      It will be in later betas. Not available on the first one.

  • Ds

    “So for instance, if I were to delete the Mail app, what happens when I open email links? In the iOS 10 beta, the option to send via Mail just disappears.”

    Sounds like iOS 10 is going to have to get a lot smarter to detect downloaded apps that people use to replace stock OS apps. That or Apple will have to outline how devs make their apps now to replace stock OS apps.

    • therealjjohnson

      You mean if you delete Safari?

      • Ds

        or if you delete Mail and you try and go and share something through the “Share Sheet”.

      • therealjjohnson

        Ahh, I see…

      • Ds

        yeah.. unless they have thought of all of that. biggest one I’m wondering about if Music. like how will iTunes detect if you delete the stock OS music app and use a different app to play music.

      • :D

        Yeah that would make sense. And if you don’t have a certain type of app installed when you need it (e.g. when you tap an email address), maybe you’ll be directed to the App Store with a page dedicated to all the apps available for that certain category/function.

        And maybe you could change the defaults, e.g. Spark Mail for emails by default without having to remove the stock Mail app. That would be pretty awesome.

    • TJ

      I have several email apps installed on my iPhone and some have access from the Share Sheet. Spark and Airmail can easily be accessed from the Share Sheet, so deleting the stock Mail app shouldn’t be a problem. I guess it all depends on the email app you use and if the developer has chosen to give it Share Sheet access.

      • :D

        What about when you tap an email address though? Something would need to be done there by Apple.

      • RayRayBeav

        I tested that actually. I deleted the default ‘Mail” app and then put a fake email into the notes app and clicked on it. It opened a “Compose Email” sheet. Although the ‘Send’ button is greyed out and will not let you click on it.

      • :D

        Interesting; thanks for sharing. Hopefully Apple will open things up a little more in the betas and let email app devs integrate their apps. We should be able to either set a default client or have the regular share sheet show up for us to select an email app imo.

      • Raymond Beavers
  • Mike M. Powell

    good its going to b downloadable form the app store like i hoped/predicted, nice move apple 🙂

    • techfreak23

      Doesn’t actually delete the apps, it only hides them from the home screen. The app store download just restores the icon.

  • Scott Curry

    Finally…..after all of these years….

    STOCKS BE GONE!!!!!!!!!!

    • ready1take1

      RIP Stocks!

  • Troy

    Apple removed the queue on the music app

    • ready1take1

      What? WHY?

      • Troy

        False alarm it was just hidden lol

  • Rowan09

    Interesting. They might remove this option in the public release.

    • I don’t see why, Tim Cook himself said he was looking into making it possible.

      • Rowan09

        True, but that would mean you can use other apps as default apps and that’s why I say it’s interesting. We’ll see when they release it in September. I have the beta on my Pro but didn’t try it out yet

  • Jon20

    So if you remove the alarm app lets just say, does it erase from CC?

    • Kay Dhaliwal

      Yes it does.
      I removed Calculator and it was gone from CC

      • askep3

        so is there just a gap or do the other icons spread out

      • :D

        I want to know too; I wonder if you could fill those gaps with third party apps. That would be AWESOME!

      • Kay Dhaliwal

        It just increases the space between icons.

  • Obaid Yasin

    Why din’t they announce the iPhone 7?

    • nyangejr

      IDB already did that a while back

      • Obaid Yasin

        Ohh right!! They do it in September i forgot!! Lol
        Anyways iOS 10 is too good
        Really looking forward to try it

    • September. As always

  • :D

    It would’ve been really cool if app icons could be updated too without having to go through the App Store, e.g. date on Fantastical icon. Sorry this is completely unrelated lol I was just thinking about deleting the calendar app.

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    Finally

  • Mahmood Al-Shafai

    Can we now download FaceTime on non-supported iPhones in Middle East?

    • 9to5Slavery

      you don’t have facetime there?

      • Mahmood Al-Shafai

        No it’s blocked by apple

      • 9to5Slavery

        Dang.. VPN download the firmware to get it on?

      • Mahmood Al-Shafai

        The block is not done on the provider’s side, but by apple. They have a set of Serial Numbers, which are all intended for the Middle East, and the OS has it blocked by default.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Wow… That’s very hardcore.. You’d have to buy device out of country then?

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    This is great! Now Apple can update these apps through the app store without having to do complete IOS upgrades. Exactly what google does on android.

    • 9to5Slavery

      more often as well.

  • 9to5Slavery

    What happens when the “default” gets removed… wouldn’t it cause glitches in the system? Would the default be able to choose from which app? What if the default app gets removed and then reinstalled again somehow someway, would the default still be default?

  • Desmond

    FINALLY!! GOODBYE to Stocks, Tips, Voice Memos, Compass, Podcast(i dont listen to podcast), Watch(i don’t own apple watch).
    Hello to more storage space:)

    • TJ

      those apps take up so little space anyway I doubt you’d be able to tell the difference once deleted.

      • Desmond

        Ohh. Haha thanks for sharing. But can’t wait for iOS10

      • still. theres no need for them if we dont use them. :-). options are always good.

  • LARRY

    Is apple def?? You can do this on iOS 9 too there are 6 of them garage band, numbers, pages, I tunes you, key note, and I movie that frees 3 gb memory, if you wipe aka delete iPhone in settings than reset them apps are gone but in App Store if you choose to reput them back.. There are many ways to delete them too just push and hold each app when screen jiggles and tap the X on each app and than gone!!

    • SkyFall

      Those apps weren’t pre installed in the first place…

      • LARRY

        That’s what Apple Store says??

    • First off search what “def” actually means. Second off, those apps are not stock. You have to dl them in the first place so no shit you can delete an app you dl’d from the App Store.

      • LARRY

        Def can’t hear, them apps can be deleted actually since iOS 8 only the 6 I listed

      • I told you to search it not tell me what you THINK it means. And again, everyone and their mama knows you are allowed to delete apps that you yourself have downloaded from the App Store. You have brought no revelation to this topic at all.