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Abracadabra: How to make iOS 9 default apps disappear
Currently, there is no official way to remove default apps on iOS 9. But ironically, there is a glitch with the platform in iOS 9.1 and 9.2 that will allow users to temporarily get rid of unwanted default apps. The video embedded below shows the process. You take all of the apps that you don't want, and put them into a single folder.  Once you've done that, get your magic wand ready.

Grab the first app in the folder that you want to get rid off. Slide it as far right inside the folder as possible. With your finger still on the app, tap the home button and the app should magically vanish. Apple CEO Tim Cook said last September that the company is working on a way to allow iOS users to remove some of these apps. Not all of them can be eliminated, even temporarily, since some of them are important to the workings of iOS.

The apps aren't really disappearing permanently. They will remain off the grid, so to speak, when the phone wakes up after a restful sleep. But if you reboot the device, the apps will then reappear.  But you can repeat the process again.

If you're looking to get rid of some unwanted default apps on your iOS device, simply click on the video below and follow what you see on the clip.



source: videosdebarraquito via AppleInsider

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posted on 03 Jan 2016, 00:02 3

1. ibend (Posts: 3195; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


meanwhile some ancient version of android already doing that since last decade

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 00:14 9

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You can delete all Verizon and AT&T bloat ware? Cool! Show me how!

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 07:22 2

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3703; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


We all know that was a post simply for thumbs, Smurf. These Apple bashers stay thirsty.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 09:55

9. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I think this is what ibend means:

Root your Android phone and install Titinium Backup and you're all set to remove what ever (bloat)app you want ;-)

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 10:04 1

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10586; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't need to root, aka jailbreak, the iPhone to remove bloatware.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:39

15. drifter77 (Posts: 177; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)


The only app that I found that can disable system apps / bloatware WITHOUT root is Package Disabler Pro (‎$1.95). Can't delete these apps though, only freeze them.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 12:20

11. Awalker (Posts: 1367; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


You can disable them so at least they're in your app drawer or you can hide them with a custom launcher. The best way to get rid of them though is to buy unlocked phones.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 16:27

14. AlikMalix (Posts: 4849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Well we can make a separate "app drawer" or as many different as we want place it there and forget it exists. And as far as space taken on memory - 1. iOS apps don't start on their own for no reason, 2. iOS9 is the smallest OS size known to men (overexaggerating a bit, but still iOS 9 leaves a very very small footprint).

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 00:25 1

3. AlikMalix (Posts: 4849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


There is an official way to remove lots of native apps using accessibility and restriction options. Like safari, camera (if you prefer another camera app), iTunes, podcast app, AppStore (for the kids), news, iCloud Drive, iBooks, and it even removes them from control center of its there. You can also make airdrop, Siri (locked screen, home screen, both) disabled, you can disable control center from locked screen, or inside apps and games or altogether. You can also get rid of Apple Music and just use the native music app like a regular MP3 player and iTunes Radio - that's what I do, because I do not pay for Apple Music or care for it. Removing these apps or features also will/can disable it throughout the OS - so there's no options that don't do anything.

Just saying.

But this news is old and I've been hiding a few things like camera - because I use it exclusively from control center.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 15:51 1

13. medicci37 (Posts: 1269; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Not on any current version so who cares

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 00:39

4. RuneMaster (Posts: 75; Member since: 31 May 2015)


Good one.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 02:41 1

5. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


the bloatware on iOS is minimal anyway, not really necessary to do that.
it won't run itself in the background, so just put them in one "trash" folder is enough, for me.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 13:35

12. Yousefjaber (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


Thnx !!

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