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I finally upgraded to iOS 11 and when I go to Settings > General > About > Applications I have 105 incompatible apps listed.

Is there a way for me to delete all these in bulk?

I really don't want to have to go and find these apps one by one to delete them!

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    I highly suspect the answer will be "you can't". That's how things go on iOS—if Apple doesn't specifically add a feature to support a use case, that use case is impossible. Maybe there's some hidden functionality deep in the settings, but I doubt it. – Wowfunhappy Oct 2 '17 at 19:16
  • I would love a follow on question explaining what the issue is. These apps don’t take up space on the device and you had them all before. Deleting them now means when the developer releases an update you will be able to resume automatically. Perhaps I’m missing the need to remove these, though. – bmike Nov 5 '17 at 19:59
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As far as I know, there's no button to simply "Delete all 32-bit apps", but you can delete large numbers of apps quite quickly using iTunes.

This won't work with the latest versions of iTunes (12.7+), so if you've updated you will need to download an older version.

  1. Select your device next to the media type selection menu near the top of the screen.
  2. Go to the Apps section.
  3. For each app you would like to remove, click the X on its icon or find it in the list and click Remove. (iTunes won't show you which are incompatible there, but you can cross-reference with the list on your device and knock them out in a relatively speedy way.)
  4. When you've finished, click the Apply button at the bottom right.
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Both iTunes 12.6.x and Apple Configurator allow management remotely from a computer. As suggested in timothymh's answer, but this is the perfect use case for the Offload Unused Apps feature.

This feature is designed to automatically remove apps you're not using. It's a low risk approach because even though the apps are removed, any documents and data are still kept in case you want to re-install the apps later (assuming they're still available/compatible).

To enable this feature, go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and then swipe up to reveal the Offload Unused Apps option at the bottom. Tap the switch to enable it.

NOTES:

  • I'm not exactly sure how this feature works when first enabled. More specifically, I don't know if once you've enabled it, it will wait a period of time to determine what apps you don't use, or whether it will check your past app usage to determine what you haven't been using.
  • If it was me, and just to be on the safe side, I would use your iPhone for a while before enabling this. Or, depending on the number of apps you have installed, spend a day or so making sure you've opened all of them up (at least the ones you want to keep) and then enable this option.
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    I've never seen that option before. I guess if the apps are no longer compatible that I can't use them and so they become 'unused apps'. But then I may lose track of which other apps are uninstalled because I haven't used them in a while, and it's not like I can just go into iTunes to check. – user205310 Oct 5 '17 at 4:46
  • Two things: (1) Yes, that's my thinking. Your 105 incompatible apps can't be used anymore and will therefore be deleted by enabling this option. It's not so much a bulk delete as much as an automated delete you don't have to think about! (2) As for worrying about losing track of other apps that may get offloaded, well, two things come to mind: (a) if they've been removed then you weren't really using them anyway, but (b) assuming they're still available, all you need to do is launch the App Store app and tap on your account icon (top-right) and then tap on Purchased > My Purchases. – Monomeeth Oct 5 '17 at 5:06
  • Actually, the icon is still kept where it was, it's just greyed out with a little cloud icon next to its name. So if you need the app again, you tap it and it will download. In the context of this question, that means there will still be over 100 app icons that are still present around the home screen, which you can't use and are taking up space. Personally, that would be unappealing to me, but YMMV. – Timothy Mueller-Harder Oct 5 '17 at 17:12
  • Many of these apps have been deleted from the App Store as well. So do those apps get removed from the phone as well? – Calion Apr 17 '18 at 22:19
  • @Calion Just to clarify, are you asking that if you choose to enable the Offload Unused Apps feature, will iOS remove the app if it's no longer available in the App Store? Or are you asking something else? – Monomeeth Apr 17 '18 at 23:13
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If you have a Mac, you can download an app called ‘Apple Configurator 2’ where you can manage far more than you can/could in iTunes. Including bulk deleting apps.

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