Up until iOS 9, Apple disallowed users from removing or hiding stock apps from the Home screen. With iOS 10, this restriction seems to have been removed as it is now possible to remove a select number of stock apps from your device with ease.
By updating to iOS 10 beta, some built-in apps can be removed from the Home screen, and by removing any of these apps, you will also delete the user related data and configuration files of that app.
On Apple Support page, you’ll find a list of all the stock apps that can be removed from iOS 10. These apps include:
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
- Watch app
By removing some of these apps, there’s also drawbacks as mentioned on the Support page:
- You can remove the Contacts app from an iPhone only. If you remove Contacts, you won’t lose your contact information. You can still find all of that information in the Phone app.
- If you remove the Music app, it won’t be available to use with CarPlay.
- The News app will be removable in a later version of iOS 10 beta.
- If you try to remove the Watch app from an iPhone that’s paired with an Apple Watch, an alert asks you to unpair your Apple Watch before you can remove the app.
Meanwhile, Apple restricts some stock apps from being deleted:
- App Store
- Find My iPhone
- Game Center
How to Remove Stock Apple Apps from iOS 10
Step 1: Unlock your device and go to the Home screen.
Step 2: Tap and hold on a stock iOS app that is removable until it jiggles.
Step 3: Press the X button on the app and then choose Remove.
How to Add a Previously Removed Stock App
Step 1: Go to the App Store and search for the app that you’d like to add again.
Step 2: Press the download button for the app (represented by a cloud icon).
Step 3: Wait until the app is downloaded to your device. Once done, you’ll see it again on your Home screen.
It’s great to see that Apple has finally lifted the restriction for removing stock iOS apps. The company says that these apps are designed to be very space efficient and all of them together consume less than 150MB.