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Q: OK, I know how to delete apps on my iPhone. At least I used to:

I tap and hold on an icon until a menu appears and I choose ‘Delete App’. Except there’s no delete app anymore. There’s remove app, but that just hides it – it’s still there in the App Library. What’s going on?

A: Don’t you just love it when things used to ‘just work’?  You’ll find the culprit is called ‘Screen Time’.  This is a feature that analyses your phone use. You might’ve seen weekly reports telling you how often you’ve used your phone.

Pop on over to ‘Settings’, and do a search for ‘Screen Time’. First, visit the ‘Content and Privacy Restrictions’ menu. If it’s enabled you’ll find you can control many aspects of your phone, including restricting deletion. Re-enable that control, and you’re good to go.

However, sometimes, this menu is switched off and you still can’t delete apps.

In that case, scroll down and tap on ‘Turn Off Screen Time’. When you’ll get

back to your icons, you’ll be able to delete all those you fancy.

If you enjoy Screen Time, you can turn it on again. I also found after that I can still delete apps from then on. It’s a weird glitch.


Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and provides consultancy, training and trouble-shooting services to the Swansea area.  You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.



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