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It's Official: You Can Delete Certain Stock Apple Apps in iOS 10

All of the apps can also be redownloaded from the App Store
Apple's Software
June 13, 2016

Apple didn’t mention one of the nicest iOS 10 features in the jam-packed WWDC 2016 keynote that wrapped up earlier this afternoon. Starting with iOS 10 beta 1, users can delete certain stock apps. That news was first reported by MacRumors.

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The deletable apps are now available individually on the App Store.

The deletable apps are now available individually on the App Store.

Back in April, we told you that certain code inside iTunes hinted at the change. Here’s the complete list of apps that can be deleted:

  • Weather
  • Stocks
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Notes
  • Voice Memos
  • Watch
  • Music
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes Store
  • Calendar
  • Videos
  • Calculator
  • Compass
  • Tips
  • Contacts
  • Find my Friends
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • Podcasts

According to Apple, the News app can be deleted starting with a later beta version of iOS 10. The Home app, which is new to iOS 10, can also be deleted.

To help facilitate the change, those apps are available to download individually from the App Store. For example, if you delete Weather and want it back on your iOS device, you’ll simply download it like any other app.

Just to note, this change is only available in iOS 10. The first beta version of the software was released to developers today. A public beta will land sometime next month. The software will arrive to the general public sometime this fall.

For all the new features, take a look at our complete rundown.