AppDelete prevents you from accidentally deleting iOS apps

By , Aug 6, 2016

AppDelete Example

Those of you who are familiar with the new iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak that was just recently patched by Apple in the iOS 9.3.4 release know that the jailbreak installs an app on your Home screen that is easily deleted if you’re not careful.

A new free jailbreak tweak called AppDelete helps prevent you from accidentally deleting apps from your Home screen, including but not limited to the Pangu app.

Preventing accidental app deletions in iOS

AppDelete is actually a pretty convenient little tweak, because it prevents you from accidentally deleting apps that you don’t really want to delete. It happens from time to time, you might have your mind somewhere else while you’re doing a little spring cleaning, and you delete an app you didn’t mean to delete, which means you have to re-download it.

For most apps, this isn’t a problem because the App Store is just a launch away, but for the Pangu jailbreak app, this means re-connecting to a computer and re-side-loading the app again because you deleted it, which isn’t always a convenient thing to do.

AppDelete can not only be used to prevent App Store-downloaded apps from being deleted, but you can also use it for the Pangu app. As shown above, when the tweak is configured to prevent an app from being deleted, the ‘X’ button won’t even appear when you enter ‘jiggle’ mode on your device.

Configuring the tweak

After you install AppDelete, you can go into the preferences pane from the Settings app.

AppDelete preferences pane

When you open the Applications cell, you’re presented with a list of all of the user-installed apps on your device. By default, they’re all turned off, and this means they can all be deleted from the Home screen by entering ‘jiggle’ mode.

On the other hand, if you turn any of the apps to the on position, the tweak will prevent those apps from ever being deleted while you’re in ‘jiggle’ mode.

The changes you make here happen on the fly, so there’s no reason to respring your device every time you change the settings.

My thoughts on AppDelete

I think that AppDelete is a must-have for those with the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, because it helps keep you from making the silly mistake of deleting the Pangu jailbreak app, which is an essential tool to booting semi-untethered after every reboot.

If you don’t have the Pangu app because you accidentally deleted it, you will be unable to boot semi-untethered again until after you re-side-load the app from your computer with Cydia Impactor.

This tweak is cheap insurance for that, but keep in mind that the tweak can also be used for other third-party apps that you download from the App Store, which means you can also protect those larger apps on your device that would take forever to download again if you accidentally deleted any of them.

Even if you’re not that clumsy, if someone else picks up your device, this tweak prevents that person from deleting your important apps as well.

Wrapping up

If you’re clumsy, AppDelete might be a good tweak to have just so you can prevent yourself from deleting any of your apps by mistake. The tweak is available for free in Cydia’s BigBoss repository and works with all jailbroken iOS 9 devices.

What are your thoughts on using a tweak like AppDelete to prevent accidental uninstallations of apps like Pangu? Share below!

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  • somaxd

    do people exist who accidentally delete apps? never in the history of owning an iphone since the iphone 3g, have i accidentally deleted an app… but i guess if you have sausage fingers… this is good?

    • Leslie B

      Well then, give yourself a big pat on the back and an atta boy, Mr. Perfect.

    • I don’t get your point, other than to call people who make accidents stupid. For the record, there were a lot of reports of people accidentally deleting the Pangu app on /r/jailbreak the day of release for the jailbreak.

      • somaxd

        Yeah, accidentally they deleted it on purpose thinking they didnt need it after the jailbreak… Its very different from accidentally pressing the x in jiggle mode.

      • No it isn’t different, because jiggle mode is exactly how they deleted it, on accident.

      • somaxd

        No, the accident was that they purposefully deleted it thinking they didnt need it. They didnt accidentally hit the x… They purposefully hit the x.

      • Jayy

        What Bill said.

      • Bill

        Yup. One would need to accidentally activate jiggle mode, then accidentally press the x, then accidentally press delete on the popup that appears asking if you’re sure you want to delete the app.

      • Bill

        Yup. One would need to accidentally activate jiggle mode, then accidentally press the x to delete, then accidentally confirm deletion via the popup that stock iOS already activates before an app would be deleted.

        I don’t know why my comment was deleted the first time I said this. I don’t remember saying anything against any rules. Maybe someone just really hated that I said the truth and it caused them some little microaggression. I dunno.


  • Timothy

    How is this better than the native Restrictions setting to disable app deletion?
    edit: oh, I see, you can select specific apps to protect, not just all of them

  • come on @anthonybouchard:disqus – seriously… the most important phrase in the entire article is this:
    “…if you turn any of the apps to the on position, the tweak will prevent those apps from ever being deleted while you’re in ‘jiggle’ mode.”

    and it’s buried/sandwiched among endless paragraphs of useless, 8th grade level writing.

    You need to open your articles with what it does AND HOW it does it so we can decide more quickly if the article is of use to us.