Fix: Can't Delete iPhone, iPad Apps – X Symbol does not Appear

Learn to delete apps on iPhone, iPad that won’t delete. Lot of iPhone users reported, when they try to delete apps (Press and hold the App icon) X symbol does not appear on the upper left corner of the app icon.

Solution 1: Try the to delete App

  1. Lightly press and hold the app icon you want to delete (not the screen). Hold 3 to 4 seconds until app icons wiggling and X symbol appear.
  2. Click the x symbol to delete the app.
  3. The press the Home button to return iPhone home screen.

Solution 2: Turn off Restrictions or only Enable Deleting Apps option in Restrictions

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions.
  2. Type the passcode.
  3. Disable Restrictions.
  4. Again type the passcode.


  1. Navigate to Settings -> General -> Restrictions
  2. Type the passcode.
  3. Check if the “Deleting Apps” option is turned off or not. If its turned off, turn it on.

Solution 3: If you have to 2 icons for one app and you can’t delete one of the icon
I faced same issue. My iPhone home screen have 2 icons for Evernote app. I can delete one off them. but i cannot delete another one.
To fix this problem, reboot your iPhone.

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/wake button until “Slide to power off” option appears.
  2. Drag the slider to right to turn off your device.
  3. Wait 15 seconds and turn on your iOS device again by pressing sleep/wake button.

Note: You can’t delete built-in iOS apps like ┬áNews stand, calendar, phone etc.
Solution 4: Delete apps using another method
On your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch,

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Storage & iCloud Usage -> Manage storage.
  2. Choose the app you need to delete.
  3. Select Delete App option.
  4. Confirm the Delete app option.

Thats all.
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