(Recommended) How to Permanently Remove Apps from iPhone?

How to permanently remove apps from iPhone? To avoid data loss, learn how to backup iPhone to PC, remove apps from iPhone permanently, and restore iPhone on this page.


By Penny / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Is it possible to remove apps from iPhone permanently?

There are two main reasons for users to remove apps from iPhone permanently. Generally speaking, the desire to sell iPhones is the first reason. Second, you’re going to run out of iPhone storage.

To sell your iPhone, you need to permanently delete everything saved on it. If not, you just want to release the limited storage by removing unnecessary apps from iPhone.

Thus, some users are wondering is it possible to remove apps from iPhone permanently? It is proven to be possible. To prevent iPhone data loss, you could backup iPhone to PC first. Naturally, this backup makes it possible for you to restore your iOS device after removing apps.

Part 1. Backup iPhone to PC via FoneTool

Given that the iPhone app will be removed permanently, it is strongly advised that you’d better backup iPhone to PC. Apple users usually make backups using iCloud/iTunes, in this case, these backups cannot work after removing the data saved in iCloud/iTunes.

Here comes a free backup & transfer software, FoneTool. As the name suggests, one of the highlights of this leading utility is backup and restore. Besides, it is also a professional iOS eraser, which could be applied to the second part.

It is a practical assistant to make a full iPhone backup (apps, Safari history/bookmarks, system settings, photos, contacts, text messages, music, video, etc.   

If you only want to backup iPhone videos, photos, songs, contacts, and messages, select the “Custom Backup” option.
 It is compatible with the latest iOS 17/16 and iPhone 15/14.

Please download and install it on your computer. Let’s show how it works.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC and tap “Trust This Computer” on your iOS device.

Step 2. Launch FoneTool on your PC. Then click the “Full Backup” option on the home main.


Step 3. If you need, enable “Backup encryption”. Then select a storage place to save this full backup, and click the “Start Backup” button to begin the backup process.


Part 2. How to permanently remove apps from iPhone?

The second part offers three feasible solutions for you. If you only want to delete an app from iPhone, the first method is the best option for you. Apart from that, another two methods can help you remove app from iPhone permanently.

Although the second traditional method is effective, it needs you to wipe out all the existing data on your iOS device. If you don’t backup iPhone to PC in advance, you may suffer data loss. Luckily, this drawback is not involved in the last method.

Solution 1. Delete an app on iPhone

“How do you delete an app from an iPhone?” Easy two steps help you out. Please note that it is impossible for you to delete some built-in Apple apps.

Step 1. Touch and hold the app. Then click the “Remove App” option.


Step 2. Click “Delete App”, and tap “Delete” again.

Solution 2. Erase all content and settings

Please pay attention that this solution needs to erase all content and settings on your iPhone. You can refer to the following steps if you can accept this disadvantage.

Step 1. Open “Settings” on your iPhone, then select “General” > “Reset”.

Step 2. Select “Erase All Content and Settings”. If you’re prompted to enter the passcode, please input the passcode to permanently remove iPhone data.


Solution 3. Remove apps from iPhone permanently via FoneTool

As stated earlier, the second solution is to utilize FoneTool because this professional can permanently wipe out the iPhone data. And it’s impossible to execute iPhone data recovery performance.

It seems that this software could be the best option for an iPhone seller. Why not give this freeware a shot? The following steps describe how to permanently remove apps from iPhone.

Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your PC and select the “iPhone Eraser” option on the home screen.


Step 2. Check “I have understood the consequences of erasing data, and I am sure to erase it” on the window.


Step 3. Click the “Erase iPhone” button to erase all data on the iPhone. Undoubtedly, this step could help you remove apps from iPhone permanently.


Part 3. Restore iPhone without losing data via FoneTool

Restoring iPhone with iCloud/iTunes backups needs you to erase all the existing data on the iPhone. It does not appear to be an ideal method.

Want to restore your iPhone without losing data? FoneTool is ideal for filling this gap because this software enables you to restore the backup to an iOS device without data erasing. Please note that you cannot restore other deleted data.

Supposed that you’ve followed the steps of part 1, then you can click the “Full Restore” button directly.


In conclusion

How to permanently remove apps from iPhone? The best way is to utilize FoneTool to erase iPhone data to tackle this issue.

In addition, you’re supposed to backup iPhone to computers via FoneTool in case you lose data. If there’s an accessible full backup for you, you can restore your iPhone safely without data erasing.

Meanwhile, this free backup & transfer software also can transfer apps from iPhone to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/PC.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.