Cannot Delete Apps on iPhone and iPad in iOS 12

We love apps but sometimes, they do end up hogging a lot of space. It’s great to opt for a cleanup drive, but you might run into a problem where you are unable to delete apps on iPhone.

In edit mode, the apps may wiggle, but the remove button (X) can be missing. We did a bit of digging and discovered that it happens due to a “Parental Control” feature that may have been accidentally toggled on. So now that we’ve identified the culprit, let’s fix the problem.

Can’t Delete Apps on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 13? Here is the Fix

If you have also found yourself on the same pitch, bringing back the normalcy won’t be a big deal. Let me show you how it works!

Step #1. Open Settings on your iOS device → Screen Time.

Tap on Settings then Screen Time in iOS 12 on iPhone

Step #2. Now, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions. And then enter your Screen Time Passcode.

Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time

Step #3. Next, tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.

Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases in iOS 12 Restrictions Settings

Step #4. Next up, tap on Deleting Apps.

Tap on Deleting Apps Under iTunes & App Store Purchases in iOS 12

Step #5. Up next, select Allow.

Select Allow to Delete Apps on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 12

Now, head over to the Home screen and try to delete the apps on your device. Simply touch and hold any app, you will now see the “X” remove button. Hit it and confirm to delete the app. Then, you are ready to go!

Side Note: At any time you want to prevent anyone from deleting apps on your iOS device, follow the same steps, and then select Don’t Allow in the end.

Unable to Delete Apps in iOS 11 or Earlier? Here is the How to

With iOS 12 or later, Restrictions has become the part of Screen Time. However, the process of stopping anyone from removing apps on the iPhone remains almost the same in iOS 11 or earlier.

Step #1. Open SettingsGeneral → Tap on Restrictions.

Tap on General and Select Restrictions in iOS 11 Settings

Step #2. Enter your Restrictions passcode.

Enter Restrictions Passcode in iOS 11 Settings

Step #3. Now, turn on the switch next to Deleting Apps under Allow section.

Turn on Switch next to Deleting Apps in iOS 11 Restrictions Settings

That’s it! You can now get rid of unwanted apps on your iPhone without any issue. Later, if you happen to change your mind and restrict others from deleting apps on your iOS device, follow the same steps, and then turn off the switch in the end.

Wrapping up

iOS 12 comes with an advanced parental control feature called Screen Time. It offers you several handy means and ways to get rid of the smartphone addiction. Features like the option to set the time limit for the individual app and keep track of the device usage make it highly-user-friendly. You can take full advantage of it to not just secure your content but also prevent your kid from going overboard.

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