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Beginners Guide: How to Delete Apps in Android and iOS

Editorial by Luke Jones on Tuesday December 09, 2014.

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Dedicated app memory is not the problem it once was with most modern smartphones, but those rocking budget or older handsets will know all too well about running out of space for apps while still having gigs of storage available. Most of us clog our devices with apps we never use (that's a statistical fact by the way) and worse than that, manufacturers litter their smartphones with apps we never look at but take up space.

So, you have a bunch of mobile applications stopping you downloading something else, getting in the way, and generally just being a nuisance. You want to get rid of those apps, but don't know how. Follow the MobileBurn guide below and zap those apps from your device. In this beginners guide we will focus on Android, but as an extra treat we will show you how to delete apps on iOS, but we'll clue you in now... it's easy.

Delete Apps in Android

Begin by heading to the Settings area of your device. Before moving on, Android has gone through some radical changes even from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to 5.0 Lollipop, but the menu system is very much the same. With that in mind, the following tips are universal to whatever build you are running.

Once in the Setting menu navigate to the apps section and click it. The next default screen should show all of your downloaded apps. If you feel confident you can go to all apps and delete from there, but that section also holds apps integral to the system, so tread with caution. For beginners it is best to stay in the downloaded apps section.

You can now scroll through the apps and find the one/s that you want to get rid of, once you do, click the desired app. At the top of the App Info screen that follows you will see "Force Stop" and "Uninstall" go ahead and click Uninstall.

And that's it. It really is as simple as that.

Delete Apps in iOS

If you thought the Android method was easy, wait until you see the way to delete apps in iOS. Simply long press any app on the screen and watch as all the apps start jiggling. You will notice some have an "x" in the top left corner of the app icon, these are the apps you have downloaded and can delete. Click the x to remove the app (the device will ask if you are sure) and then click the home button to stop the apps jiggling.

Note: When the apps are jiggling, you will see some without the x delete sign. Those are Apple's own pre-loaded apps and cannot be deleted.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.

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