The most user-requested feature comes to iOS 10 – the ability to delete built-in apps from the Home screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
The following apps can be removed:
- Contacts (only from the iPhone)
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- News (will be removable in a later beta version)
- Voice Memos
- Watch app
You delete them just as you would delete any other app – press and hold on the app until it begins to jiggle, tap the X on the app followed by Remove, and then press the Home button to complete the process.
Deleting the app also removes any data associated with the app.
Deleted apps can be redownloaded from the App Store.
But don’t expect this to free up a lot of storage space on your device. According to Apple, if you delete all of them you only free up 150 megabytes.
Apple outlines a few possible caveats you need to bear in mind:
- If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, removing an app from your iPhone Home screen also removes that app from your Apple Watch Home screen.
- If you remove the Podcasts app from your Home screen, Podcasts won’t be available with CarPlay.
- If you remove the Stocks or Weather app from your Home screen, stocks and weather won’t be available elsewhere. For example, you won’t see stocks and weather information in Notification Center on your iPhone or as Complications or Glances on your Apple Watch.
- If you remove the Calculator app, the calculator won’t appear in Control Center.