Delete stock iPhone apps?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Aj2488, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Aj2488 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2007
    Chicago Suburbs
    I already searched this topic but did not find anything. Does anyone know if there is a way to delete the applications that come stock on the iPhone? Mine is running 2.2.1 and is not jailbroken. Anything would help, thanks.
  2. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    There is no way to delete them AFAIK. I think you can hide them from your Home screen if you jailbreak, but I'm not sure.

    EDIT: you can try this:
    If you jailbreak, i think the app POOF will remove them.
  3. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    It is currently not possible and probably never will be. Apple wants people using their standard apps that come on the iPod Touch and iPhone instead of other alternatives like other web browsers and stuff like that.
  4. Aj2488 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2007
    Chicago Suburbs
    The info on that website seemed to work just fine, Thanks macbookairman!

    Alexbates, that makes perfect sense.... However some of the apps the phone comes with are completely useless to me and I'm sure other iPhone users feel the same way toward others. You are correct though no matter how bad I wish it were possible to delete them.

    Thanks guys! :)
  5. RamonMiRey macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2010
    ssh or use iphone explorer

    SSH into the iPhone and delete the folder that stocks are in, or use iphone explorer to do the same. I did and it worked.
  6. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Thank You, 2 years later.

  7. neetielou macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    iphone apps

    Well my daughter somehow deleted my stock iphone apps and now I don't know where to find them:mad:! I've lost the weather app (which I used alot) and youtube. If anyone knows how to retrieve them that would be great!
  8. LHurtadoJr macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2011
    haha LUCKY!:D
  9. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Does Apple has need for control?

    Very soberly asking, on the note of the above: Can it be possible that Apple has a somewhat too invading need for control over the product that in fact is sold to the user, and which the user then owns, to speak it out clearly? And: Is this a reasonable practice from Apple?
  10. DolphTX macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2011
    Resetting Your Iphone

    Have you tried resetting your iphone. Go to "Settings," "General," and at the bottom select "Reset."

    If you want to restore your iPhone to factory state, then:

    1.Dock iphone on PC and load iTunes.
    2.Once iTunes recognizes the phone, select the phone
    3.Click the restore button and agree to the prompts. iTunes will download the latest firmware and restore your device.

    If you need to restore a specific version of firmware onto your device, rather than click restore, hold shift (PC) or option (MAC) and click restore. This will bring up a browse box where you can select the firmware you wish to program.

    Hope This Helped
  11. dvdgremlin, Jan 8, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012

    dvdgremlin macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    the suggestions here dont work

    the idea of manually deleting with iexplorer the stock and other apps manually doesnt work. the folders go but the springboard is totally messed up and reports are produced for apple.

    POOF doesnt exist now and only hid the icons not deleting the app.

    SB Settings if you are JB'd will hide the icons but not delete the apps.
  12. jacob11 macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2012
    Connect the iPhone to your computer that has iTunes installed. When you connect the iPhone, the computer takes a few minutes to register the connection and open iTunes. The iPhone also syncs with iTunes, so all applications, songs and settings are shown.
    View the left side of the iTunes window and locate the list of applications. Locate the stock app you wish to remove. Right-click the icon and select "Delete." Click the "Remove" button on the confirmation screen.
    Select "Move to Trash" when you are prompted to permanently remove the application. Once you click this button, the icon is removed from your list. The iPhone syncs with iTunes and the application is removed from the phone as well.
    Right-click the iPhone icon on the left side of iTunes. Select the "Eject" menu option. This will safely disconnect the iPhone from the computer.
    Remove the USB connector from the computer. View the iPhone and the application should no longer be listed on the iPhone home screen.
  13. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    This only works with applications from the App Store. This topic is about removing the apps that come preinstalled on a brand new device (YouTube, Weather, Stocks, Notes, etc). So far there is no way to remove them that doesn't involve jailbreaking.
  14. jacob11 macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2012
    When you jailbreak your phone, you can install an app called poof from cydia. This does not delete your apps but it enables you to hide icons from your home screen, that way you can hide the stock app and it will not bother you anymore.
  15. Mkostera16 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2012
  16. eschw95458 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    While I don't know of a way to delete them, you can put them in a folder. To create a folder, simply drag one app onto another. Then you can name the folder whatever you wish, like "Useless Apps"

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