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Remove Default Apps from iPhone

Apples Stocks app is one of the default appIt was a long ordeal that iPhone users had to bear with. Finally, it is possible to completely remove preinstalled apps in iOS 10. Up until now you could only hide the apps. Learn more about how to remove preinstalled apps and how to get back deleted apps.

Requirements

You need iOS 10.0 or newer to remove preinstalled apps from your iPhone.

We recommend a trick to users of older iOS versions. The trick at least allows you to hide preinstalled apps. Unfortunately, it won’t increase storage space with this method. Read more… 

Default apps that can be removed

Since iOS 10, most of the default apps that are preinstalled on your iPhone can be removed completely. It also means that linked user data and configuration files will be lost as well.

At the same time you will gain storage space, although all of the following apps take only 150 Megabyte in total according to Apple. This trick works only partially to save storage space.

You can remove the following apps:
Calculator
Calendar
Compass
Contacts
FaceTime
Find Friends
Home
iBooks
iCloud Drive
iTunes Store
Mail
Maps
Music
News
Notes
Podcasts
Reminders
Stocks
Tips
Videos
Voice Memos
Watch
Weather

Removing default apps

There is no difference between removing preinstalled apps with iOS 10 (or newer) and removing other downloaded apps from the App Store.

Here is what you do:

Press and hold a random app icon on your Home Screen until all icons are shaking.

Tap the x mark on the default app that you want to remove.

Confirm by pressing “Remove”.

Press the Home button to return to the normal display.

Two screenshots show how you can remove the default apps on the Home Screen

Reinstall the deleted default apps

To reinstall a deleted default app, you have to open the App Store and type in the name of the app in the search box. Then just download the app again.