Apple's iOS 16 lets you remove 30 stock apps

in iOS edited June 2022
Apple is increasing the number of pre-installed iPhone apps that can be removed, with the beta of iOS 16 now allowing 30 to be deleted.

As Apple releases the first beta of iOS 16, developers have been finding what unannounced new features are being added -- and now removed. After some years of increasing how many of its own apps can now be removed, Apple's iOS 16 brings the total to 30.

The iOS 16 apps that can be removed may change over the course of the beta, though it's likely the total will either increase or stay the same.
  • Books

  • Camera - removable in iOS 16

  • Calculator

  • Calendar

  • Clock - removable in iOS 16

  • Compass

  • Contacts

  • FaceTime

  • Files

  • Find My - removable in iOS 16

  • Fitness

  • Health - removable in iOS 16

  • Home

  • iTunes Store

  • Mail

  • Maps

  • Mail

  • Measure

  • Music

  • News

  • Notes

  • Podcasts

  • Reminders

  • Shortcuts

  • Stocks

  • Tips

  • Translate

  • TV

  • Voice Memos

  • Watch

  • Weather

Removing apps doesn't always remove functionality

Apple has not commented, and is unlikely to before iOS 16 is publicly released. However, it has previously commented on how removing certain apps, does not necessarily mean that this app's whole functionality is gone.

For instance, you can remove the Contacts app but according to an Apple support document, "all of your contact information will remain in the Phone app." Apple does separately say that contact information also "remains available through Phone, Messages, Mail, FaceTime," and more, but to "remove a contact, you must restore Contacts."

Similarly, even if users delete the FaceTime app, they can still make a receive FaceTime calls via the Contacts or Phone apps. Deleting Apple Books, Maps, Music, or Podcasts apps means "they won't be available to use with CarPlay."

The procedure for uninstalling an app in iOS 16 remains as it was.

Read on AppleInsider


  • Reply 1 of 5
    boboliciousbobolicious Posts: 1,135member 'deleted' app data will still sync to iCloud servers, hopefully with warnings to customers...?

    ... more on AI, IP, 'machine learning'and derivative work authorship and ownership:

  • Reply 2 of 5
    Nick23Nick23 Posts: 1member
    With this major advancement in computer programing , it's time for Apple to allow us to AT LEAST move the default apps in OS X to a subfolder in Applications!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,681member
    Sounds like Windows…
  • Reply 4 of 5
    markbyrnmarkbyrn Posts: 661member
    danox said:
    Sounds like Windows…

    In Windows, you can remove the bloatware apps but they often reinstall when doing Windows updates.  And Windows bloat includes apps like Facebook and TikTok.

  • Reply 5 of 5
    urashidurashid Posts: 127member
    Can this be done on Apple watch also?
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