Abracadabra: How to make iOS 9 default apps disappear

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



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

9. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 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 ;-)

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

15. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 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.

11. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

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).

3. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

13. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not on any current version so who cares

4. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Good one.

5. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

12. Yousefjaber

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Thnx !!

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