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How To Delete All Apps on the iPhone

Posted by Arch on November 9, 2018

When it comes to iPhones and iPads, it’s pretty clear that storage is Apple’s main currency. Due to the lack of external storage support, internal storage is the main differentiator between the products of the same generation.

Going with more internal storage can cost you hundreds of dollars. Still, not doing this puts you at risk of not having enough of it for all your apps and media.

This is a struggle that many iPhone users who opt for a lower-storage model face. Eventually, they run out of space on their device, so they take every chance they get to free it up.

Deleting Apps to Free Up Storage

Obviously, deleting apps is the safest way to go, as they can often be very heavy on the storage they take up. With all the data that builds up over time, deleting apps is the most logical thing to do.

If you want to do this and are wondering what options are available, here are a few things that you should know.

Can You Delete All iPhone Apps at Once?

Well, yes and no. This is possible, but only if you have a jailbroken device. If you do, then you probably already know about Cydia. Essentially, it’s an App Store alternative for jailbroken iPhones and iPads.

If you’re running a jailbroken device, look for the MultiDelete app on the Cydia store. After you’ve found it, take the following steps:

  1. Once you’ve installed MultiDelete, you’ll see a new panel within the Settings menu. Open it, then toggle MultiDelete on.
  2. Go to your Home screen and press and hold on any app that you want to delete until all of them start wiggling. Tap on the middle of each app you want to delete to select it.
  3. Tap the X button on any of the selected apps and tap Delete when you see the pop-up menu.

If you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone and are considering it to get this tweak, you might want to think twice before you do it. Even though jailbreaking opens new possibilities, it voids your warranty, and paying for the repair if anything goes wrong can be quite costly.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t include the mass select option when it comes to apps. This means that you won’t be able to delete multiple apps at once. Your only option is to factory reset your iPhone and start fresh. If you don’t already know this, this will also remove everything else, so backing up your data would be a good idea. Let’s go over the necessary steps.

Factory Resetting an iPhone

As mentioned, the first thing you’ll want to do is to back up the device. However, if your backup includes all your apps, they will all automatically start downloading once you restart your phone and migrate the data back to it. You will thus end up where you began. This is why you should choose the data that you want to backup. Here’s how to do it:

On iOS 10.3 or later:

 

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud.

  2. If you’re using iOS 11, go to Manage Storage > Backups. If you’re using iOS 10.3, go to iCloud Storage > Manage Storage.

  3. Tap the name of your device.

  4. Tap Choose Data to Back Up, then turn off all apps that you won’t need.

  5. Select Turn Off & Delete.

On iOS 10.2 or earlier:

 

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.

  2. Tap the name of your device.

  3. Go to Backup Options, then turn off all apps that you don’t need to back up.

  4. Tap Turn Off & Delete.

 
Once you’ve done this, your data will be safe. After you’ve reset your iPhone, you’ll be able to migrate it back.

When you’re sure that the backup process is finished, you can go ahead and reset your device. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset

  2. Tap Erase All Content and Settings

  3. Type in your passcode (if you have one) to confirm this action.

  4. You’ll see a warning box with the Erase iPhone Tap on it.

  5. Type in your Apple ID password to finalize the process.

 

After you do this, all data from your device will be wiped, and you’ll see the setup screen that you first saw when you bought it. When prompted, choose the Restore from iCloud Backup option, and all your backed up data will be downloaded, while all the apps will be left behind.

The Wrap Up

Unless you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, deleting multiple apps isn’t the most convenient process. Apple is likely aware of this, so we might see this issue fixed in future software updates.

Until then, performing a selective backup and restoring only the data that you want is the way to go unless you want to delete each app manually. Jailbreaking to get this tweak alone might not be worth it, so it’s best that you play it safe.

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