Find Friends? Nope, don’t want that. The Watch companion app? I don’t own an Apple Watch. Stocks? Game Center? Tips? Are you joking? When you upgrade to iOS 9 and reboot your device, you’ll notice there are even more apps that you can’t get rid of. Along with essential stuff like Messages and Safari, Apple “pre-installs” a half-dozen or so apps that help only a tiny sliver of its customers. But it serves the company’s business interests to put them on your iPhone or iPad, so there they are.
These Apple apps can’t be deleted like third-party apps. You’re stuck with them unless you jump through some hoops. Here are your options:
Jailbreak your phone. Not recommended (at all!) but if you do jailbreak your iOS device, one advantage is that you will be able to delete any apps you don’t want.
Hide them on your homescreen. This is our recommended method—it’s the easiest, and it doesn’t involve jailbreaking your phone and putting your device’s health, security, and warranty at risk.
The process is stupid-simple: just make a folder for the unwanted apps on your homescreen, give it a visually unobtrusive name like “.”, then stick that folder in the worst piece of real estate on your phone. The best place to put it is alone on a second, third, or fourth homescreen where you have to swipe beyond your most-used apps to see it. If you keep all your apps on a single homescreen, put it in the place that’s most difficult to tap with your thumb. Stretch your thumb around to different parts of the screen to find the zone that’s toughest to reach, then put your folder of unwanted apps there. The advantages are two-fold: you stash the apps out of reach, and it brings all the apps you do use closer to your most overworked digit.Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.