iPhone: Can’t Delete Apps, ‘X’ Doesn’t Appear

A common problem that occurs for users of the Apple iPhone is the inability to delete apps. When you tap and hold the screen, an ‘X’ doesn’t appear in the upper-left corner of the icon as expected.

What usually causes this problem is a restriction setting. Perhaps this setting was accidentally set and forgotten about.

1. Open Settings.

2. Select General.

3. Choose Restrictions.

4. Enter the password set for restrictions.

5. Set the Deleting Apps setting to On so that it is allowed.

Deleting Apps restriction on iPhone

Once you ensure this setting is on, you should be able to remove apps without a problem.

Another reason the X may not appear is that it is an app that is built into Apple iOS. Apps such as Notes, Newsstand and Calendar cannot be removed.


  1. Sara says

    oh my goodness this is the most helpful thing I’ve found online! I’ve been driving myself nuts over not being able to delete my apps!!!!

  2. Tiffany says

    Thank you SO much! It had been driving me crazy. I somehow had the apps downloading on my iPad synching on my iPhone as well. Even after checking the settings on iCloud and on iTunes I couldn’t unsync them. This is the only thing that has worked for me. Thanks!!

  3. alican says

    hello guys i really need help i cannot remove and cannot move my aplications when i press and hold one of my app it dont shakes pleaze help me i also dont have restrictions and passcode lock PLEAZE HELP ME PLEAZEE!!! i have iphone 4s black ios6.1.3 pleazee

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