I started downloading an app then realized that it's really big (over 600 MB) and that I don't want it anymore. Is there any way to cancel the installation?

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I just figured out one way to do this:

  1. Pause the download on the iPhone by tapping the icon.
  2. Connect the iPhone to iTunes. This will cause iTunes to start downloading the app.
  3. Go to the Downloads tab in iTunes and delete the download.
  • Yup, that's what I would have suggested. Blimey, 600MB? What app was that?
    – Ali
    Commented Jan 2, 2011 at 22:00
  • 2
    I was wondering how to do that about a week ago, so thanks first and foremost for the answer. The only commentary I really can't resist adding is why is this such a convoluted process? Couldn't Apple just as easily made it so the tapping-and-holding-to-get-them-wigglin' mechanic would permit you to 'delete' (cancel) the partially downloaded app? Commented Jan 3, 2011 at 0:15
  • As of September 2017, iTunes no longer supports downloading iPhone apps.
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 14:35
  1. Pause the download by tapping the icon
  2. Turn the phone completely off (with red slider) thus disconnecting the phone from the app store
  3. Turn the phone back on, when prompted to sign into the app store click cancel so that the download does not resume
  4. Press and hold an icon to enter "shakey" mode
  5. You should now be able to delete the icon/download by tapping it. I was prompted that I would still be able to down load from the app store

I found that turning off the iPhone,waiting 10 seconds,then turning it back on,and then deleting the app(holding it down till it shakes and then tapping the x) worked best. So that's what I recommend. But I also like trying different things to fiind the one that works for you!

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