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How do I delete the Apple apps that come installed by default with the iPhone, like Podcasts, iBooks or Game Center app?

It appears that these apps take up a lot of storage space on my iPhone 4s. I don't know for sure if one can or can't remove them.

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It is not possible to delete/remove the unneeded built-in, Apple provided iOS apps from a device running iOS 9 or earlier.

In iOS 10, it became possible to remove a selection of Apple's built-in apps, but only from the Springboard (Home screen). The apps weren't really removed from the device, but simply hidden from view (thereby reducing clutter). They continue to persist on device, thereby consuming storage space. (Technically, this was due to the reason iOS 10 was built. Apple's built-in apps were part of the iOS itself, rather than installable from the App Store).

Starting with iOS 11, Apple changed the way it built iOS and shipped first party apps such that it finally became possible to fully delete a selection of built-in apps and reclaim the storage space occupied by them. The same can be installed later from the App Store if need be.

For more information, refer to the helpful support article from Apple, Remove built-in Apple apps from the Home screen on your iOS 10 device or Apple Watch

  • its ios 9.3.5 so... – user50780 Nov 5 '18 at 21:48
  • i mean is there a difference? – user50780 Nov 5 '18 at 21:49
  • maybe your right – user50780 Nov 5 '18 at 21:49
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    @user50780 Updated the answer to provide the complete picture. – Nimesh Neema Nov 5 '18 at 21:59
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    ok thanks i like this answer and will accept it in 43 seconds – user50780 Nov 5 '18 at 22:00

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