How to Delete Apps on iPhone or iPad that Cannot be Deleted

If you are like most iOS users, you have lots of apps installed on your iPhone or iPad that you have hardly ever used and aren’t likely to use in the future. But, all those apps will start to crowd your iOS device, taking up space and requiring frequent updates. As storage space is often at a premium on iPhones and iPads, it makes sense to keep only those apps that you really want. That is why it’s a good idea to periodically get rid of the apps that you don’t use anymore.


By default, it is very easy to delete third-party apps on the iOS device. Just tap and hold any app icon until it begins to wiggle, tap the “X” that appears above it, and then tap “Delete” that appears in the dialog box.

But a common problem that occurs for users of the Apple iPhone or iPad is the inability to delete apps. When they tap and hold the screen, an ‘X’ doesn’t appear in the upper-left corner of the icon as expected. So here are some possible methods to fix your “iOS app deleting” problems.

  1. How to Delete Apps on iPhone/iPad that Cannot be Deleted:

  2. 1. Don’t activate 3D Touch menu

  3. 2. Turn off Restrictions for Deleting Apps

  4. 3. Delete Waiting apps that stuck on installation

  5. 4. Restart or force restart your iPhone/iPad

  6. 5. Delete apps using Settings

  7. 6.You cannot delete iOS built-in apps

How to Delete Apps on iPhone/iPad that Cannot be Deleted:

1. Don’t activate 3D Touch menu


As the 3D Touch feature is embedded in iPhone 6S and later devices, when you press the app for less than 2 seconds, the 3D Touch menu will be activated instead of showing you the “X”. Therefore, make sure that you gently press and hold the app icon for about 2 to 3 seconds when you want to delete it. If rightly done, the “X” should appear to allow you to remove the app.

2. Turn off Restrictions for Deleting Apps

Having restrictions enabled could prevent you from deleting apps. Make sure that’s disabled. Check that restriction is OFF.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Off. If Restrictions are ON, you need to enter your restrictions passcode to turn this feature off.

Another reason for why you can’t delete apps is the restriction setting for deleting apps is disabled. Perhaps this setting was accidentally set and forgotten about. So, modify the Restrictions allowed by toggling ‘Deleting Apps’ to the ON and allow position.

  1. Go to “Settings” > tap “General” > Choose “Restrictions”.

  2. Enter the password set for restrictions as required.

  3. Set the “Deleting Apps” setting to “On” so that it is enabled.