To tell you the truth, there is no way to permanently remove the App Store form the iPhone. Remember, this is one of the essential native apps that cannot be deleted and there is no “x” icon once you initiate the delete app wobble. So is there anything you can do?
Of course, there is. But it might not be the removal you’d expect. After all, the App Store acts like a bloodline that supplies the necessary app updates to ensure your iPhone doesn’t become too buggy or slows down. Anyway, we’ll present you with some great tips and tricks to hide or restrict the App Store, rather than remove it completely.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The easiest way to get rid of the App Store is to remove it from the iPhone dock or your Home screen. Admittedly, this is not much but it might prevent you from overloading your iPhone’s screen with the apps you don’t want to see.
Tap and hold the App Store or any other app icon until they all start wobbling. Then, move the App Store icon to a location that’s not exactly always at your fingertips. For example, group folders or the last app screen are a good place to hide it.
The App Store Restrictions
There is a neat trick to make the App Store disappear from the iPhone. This can come in handy if you want to prevent your children or family members from making in-app purchases and deleting/installing apps. Here are the necessary steps.
Launch the Settings app, navigate to Screen Time, and tap to access the menu. Select “Content & Privacy Restrictions” under Screen Time and make sure the option is toggled on.
Tap “iTunes & App Store Purchases,” then select “Don’t Allow next to all the options under “Store Purchases & Redownloading.” There is no master switch, so you’ll need to manually tap and select each option – Installing Apps, Deleting Apps, and In-app Purchases.
After you do this, go back to your Home screen and you’ll realize App Store is nowhere to be found. Some users might find this as an extreme measure since you need to reverse the changes to update your apps or download new ones.
To keep the App Store and still have a decent security level, enable the Apple ID password. While still in the “iTunes & App Store Purchases” menu, tap on “Always Require” under Require Password. Now, whenever someone wants to make a purchase he or she will be requested to provide your Apple ID password.
These steps have been tried and tested on iPhone 6s+ that runs iOS 12.4 and they don’t apply for iPhones that run iOS older than 12. However, there is an alternative method.
Access Settings, tap General, and select Restrictions. To enter the Restrictions window, you’ll be required to provide the Restrictions passcode. It’s a 4-digit PIN you entered when you enabled Restrictions in the first place and it might be different from the passcode that unlocks your iPhone.
Once inside the menu, you should tap on the button next to the options under Allow to remove/block the App Store on your iPhone. Again, you can choose Installing Apps, In-App Purchases, and Deleting Apps.
Can You Remove Other Native Apps?
Aside from the App Store, there is also an option to remove or block other native apps, even the ones you cannot uninstall. This is also done via the Screen Time menu. You should select “Content & Privacy Restrictions,” then enter Allowed Apps.
Now, you should tap on the button next to the app to temporarily remove it from the iPhone. This menu doesn’t feature the App Store but you can remove Camera, Wallet, iTunes Store, and more. Plus, you are not required to provide any passwords to initiate the actions.
Is There a Way to Uninstall Native Apps?
Since the launch of iOS 10, you can uninstall many native apps. These include AppleBooks, News, Files, Mail, Notes, FaceTime, etc. In total, you can remove 25 preinstalled apps.
The quick way to do it is to tap and hold an app to make all of them wobble. Then, just x away the ones that take up unnecessary space. For example, you don’t need the Watch app if you don’t own the iWatch. And when you get one, you can always reinstall the app from the App Store (if you haven’t removed it, of course).
Put It on Auto
You can automatically uninstall/offload the apps you don’t use. This features deals with both the apps that come preinstalled and the ones you’ve installed.
Access Settings, swipe down to “iTunes & App Store,” and tap to enter. The “Offload Unused Apps” option is at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the button to toggle it on and that’s it. You should know that this action doesn’t delete the app data. Instead, it will be completely restored after you reinstall the app.
Where Did the App Store Go?
Certain jailbreak methods claim to help you remove the App Store altogether. However, you should refrain from using those methods because they might jeopardize iOS integrity. After all, you still need the store for most of the apps on your phone and the native removal methods are more than sufficient.
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