For long I had been waiting for the option to get rid of the less-used stock apps just like millions of iPhone users around the world. Some built-in apps like Find My Friend and Compass seem to be a burden on the Home screen. Hence, deleting them is a much better idea to free up some precious space on the iOS device.
Finally, Apple has allowed iPhone users to delete the stock apps like FaceTime, Calendar and more in iOS 10. However, removing them can disturb system functionalities on your device. As for instance, if you remove the podcasts from your phone, it won't be available with the CarPlay. Hence, you must think twice before deleting any app.
Reasons why you should not delete built-in Apps on iPhone/iPad
#1. When you get rid of a stock app from your iOS device, it will be removed from your Apple Watch as well.
#2. If you delete Stocks or Weather, stocks and weather information won't be seen on your phone. Their Complications or Glances will also be removed from your wearable device.
#3. If you delete the Calculator app, it won't appear in Control Center.
#4. Contacts app can be removed from an iPhone only. If you remove Contacts, you will not lose your contact information as all the information will still be available in the Phone app.
#5. If you get rid of the Music app, you won't be available to use it with CarPlay.
#6. When you try to delete the Watch app from an iPhone paired with an Apple Watch, an alert asks you to unpair your smartwatch before you can get rid of the app.
Below are the Stock apps Which You can Remove from your Home screen
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
- Watch app
How to Delete Stock apps on iPhone or iPad Running iOS 10
The process is no different than deleting other apps.
Step #1. First up, just tap and hold the app until it starts wiggling.
Step #2. Next up, tap on “X” sign to Remove.
Step #3. Tap on Remove in Pop-up to confirm.
Step #4. Finally, you have to press the Home button.
How to Reinstall Any Deleted Stock App in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad
Launch the App Store and search for the app you want to reinstall. Tap on the cloud icon.