I am trying to remove the app completely as I do not want it as it takes up a third of my memory on my iPad. Is there any way of removing it altogether please??

  • 3
    You cannot remove the core Apple Apps - but what makes you think it's taking up a third of your memory? On my iPhone it's 7MB. Maybe you just need to delete some of your books?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 1, 2016 at 13:13
  • Possible duplicate of Is it possible to COMPLETELY delete an iBooks?
    – mgiordi
    Apr 1, 2016 at 13:58
  • @mgiordi It is not a duplicate as the other question's title was misleading - that question asks how to delete one book not the app
    – mmmmmm
    Apr 1, 2016 at 14:43
  • I have a 16gb iPad the iBooks app is 5gb therefore one third of the memory. I have deleted all books but still takes the memory space. Apr 1, 2016 at 22:49

1 Answer 1


Unfortunately Apple does not allow you to remove the app completely, however if you go inside the app and delete all the books and PDF's the app should be less than 5mb.

(Which even on a 16gb phone is negligible)

To delete all books/PDFs:

  1. Open iBooks
  2. Make sure all books is selected in the top dropdown menu.
  3. Click Select and select all books
  4. Then delete

Then go to Settings -> General -> Storage and iCloud Usage -> Storage: Manage storage -> Find iBooks and it should be <5mb

If you would like to hide the app completely iOS 9.3 has a new glitch that allows you to do this, video for that is HERE.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .