Yes, you can delete most stock apps in iOS 10: here's a list with the ones you can do away with


We've been playing with the developer preview of iOS 10 for a while now, and so far we're enjoying the interface touch-ups despite the occasional bug or issue. One of the features that we couldn't wait to try was the long-anticipated ability to get rid of Apple's stock iOS apps. 

Indeed, the feature's on board and it's more than welcome, but there are a few things you should know about it.

First of all, it seems that the apps are actually not getting uninstalled, but merely get disabled. That's why re-enabling any of the apps by visiting the App Store takes only a moment, with no downloading of assets being involved in the process.

Secondly, not all apps are user-removable. Users won't be able to get rid some essential ones come hell or high water. These are some essential apps that make sure your device functions as intended, like Phone, Safari, the App Store, Messages, and others. Actually, here's a table that will show you which ones could be removed and which ones not.

Stock iOS appRemovableNon-removable
App Store
Apple Music
Calculator
Calendar
Camera
Clock
Compass
Contacts
FaceTime
Find Friends
Find my iPhone
Health
Home
iBooks
iMovie
iTunes Store
Mail
Maps
Messages
News
Notes
Phone
Photos
Podcasts
Reminders
Safari
Settings
Stocks
Tips
Videos
Voice memos
Wallet
Watch
Weather

Confused? Let us throw in an example.

If you delete Apple's own Calendar app, your personal calendars and calendar data is going nowhere - you will receive alerts for your upcoming scheduled events even though the app is no longer on your iPhone.

Tapping on the alert in question will prompt you to re-enable the Calendar app by visiting the App Store. 

Hopefully, this helpful feature will remain an integral part of the public release of iOS 10 later this fall - after all, nobody likes missing important events!

Actually, the same applies to most stock apps - deleting them won't affect your synced data, the one that gets stored on your iCloud account by default. Deleting Notes, for example, will remove your local notes, but the ones saved in iCloud will remain intact. 

Uninstalling Reminders and Mail also won't affect your synced data. Getting rid of Apple Music will not tamper with your purchased or synced tunes.

Our full preview of iOS 10 is on its way, but until then, feel free to check out our extensive coverage about the new iOS on the block.

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27 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You not delete them, you just hide them that's all. If you want you can try download one of them without Wifi, and you'll see back in your home screen.

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

A nice catch.

19. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Does iOS10 has option to set google maps as default after disabling apple maps?

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Peter it also helps to mention that that ones that cannot be "deleted" on the list above can be disabled/hidden in the "restrictions menu": App Store, camera, news, and safari. You can also disable Siri all together or just from lock screen, disable iMessage (making messenger like a regular texting app without the features)... There are plenty of tweaks to really clean up iOS. Some of the apps on the "can be deleted" list can be disabled in iOS 9 and prior.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Hide apps? innovation...

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It's more like the apps you always disable, like some Google apps.

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's only you who keeps going on about innovation you know? No-one else has said this is an innovative feature. Just you. In your own head.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's just calling attention to it, because of Apple had done it first, they're world be cries of copying when Android adopted it.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh, both sides do it. This site's comments sections is reminiscent of juvenile school yard skirmishes. And yes, I know I contribute to it.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If this were true, it wouldn't ask to reinstall the app when you click on a link that needs that app (like maps) just ask to re-enable the app. And you can download apps without wifi, it's called mobile broadband ;) You can also check if the storage differs when the app is uninstalled https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ArmandoFerreira/posts/GRcjFBCimcN?pid=6295901462003809954&oid=113385956777514004917

2. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Awesome!! Finally Can get rid of the Stocks application!

3. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Not sure why you'd want to delete the contacts app. Besides, all the data remains, and is accessible via the dialer. But I do appreciate the ability to remove the apps you would never use.

8. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I am not a great fan of deleting stock apps. Especially the ones that use your personal information. I know everything is trackable or traceable. Still, Its the trust on Companies like Apple,Google and MSFT. Phone makers can dump any application they want. They know very well which app people going to use. its FBCK, TWTR, INTGM and it goes on etc.. However, these stock apps are most optimised and tested. So 9 out of 10, You wont have any problems at all. Though I dont see its a big step forward, my take on hiding/deleting stock apps makes no difference!

9. Basharhd99

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

So you can delete contacts but you can't delete wallet? Literally what?

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I was wondering about that too, same goes for health and news.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I imagine anything that they can make money off of or strictly regulate they want to lock down.

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

If only I can delete G-Bloats on my phone

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This. Is. Awesome!!

13. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Why can't we delete the health app? Thats's odd...

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... I imagine that it's because there are some aspects of the iPhone that Apple wants to force as a global standard and personal health is one of those features. I think that there's a lot of money to be made by marketing the smartphone as a fitness tool, not so much as a way to sell more handsets, but a way to sell complementary items that link up to it.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well it's a bit disappointing that you don't actually delete the apps. It would be nice to clear up the space on your phone's storage... and yet I do not understand, if sip1995 is correct in the first comment that you actually hide or disable apps and not delete them outright, why would Apple bother to include them in the App Store as the apps will forever remain on your device?... unless that's their method of simply re-enabling them. It's so strange.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For updates. Now those apps can be updated at any time, no need for an OS update. It's how Android handles it.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, well that's the biggest change to the system if you ask me, and no one is even talking about it. Google Maps gets updates all year long, maybe once every week or two. Apple Maps on the other hand only had updates when the system is updated causing it to fall behind. This is a massive change.

18. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I can live with disabled app...but can I set google maps as default after disabling apple maps?

21. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A good list. The only ones you can't delete but I think your should be allowed to are Safari, Health, News and maybe wallet. But this is a serious step forward, and listening to your consumers. I don't think this would ever have happened under Jobs.

26. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

@PeterK What was the point of your chart's Non-removable column? Just trying to take up empty space, or do you think your readers are so dumb that they can't discern what an empty 'Removable' box means?

27. AlikMalix unregistered

What they should have done is made a third table to show which apps can already be disabled (iOS 9 and older) in the restrictions menu which really takes it down to like 3 apps that cannot be removed/hidden. (See my post #25 above) @Peter you reading this? What you think?

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