2018-07-17 11:15 am Tips & Tricks by 10 reviews
This is a guide on how to delete your App Store history on your iPhone, iPad or computer or selectively hide purchases you would like to keep private. Especially when using family sharing, users may want to keep some app purchases to themselves or simply hide unneeded old purchases from their history. Hidden apps will not be displayed in the Purchased list and won’t be available to view for family members who are sharing your account’s purchases.
TouchRetouch is a great photo retouching app, and the one I use the most. Editing falls under four categories: object removal, quick repair, line removal, and clone stamp. Object removal lets you remove multiple objects from an image. You brush over the areas, then tap the Go button. Next, quick repair lets you make small, fast repairs one at a time. Line removal lets you quickly swipe over fences, power lines, or other straight elements to remove them. Finally, clone stamp lets you select a part of your image as a source, then brush over another area. Think of it as a copy and paste. It matches the area you selected, and is usually more subtle. For such a power app, TouchRetouch is US$1.99.
Pixelmator is an alternative to Photoshop, and it has great editing tools. In my use of it, Pixelmator’s repair tool is excellent. There is a basic repair tool that lets you brush over unwanted things in a photo. And there is a clone stamp that lets you copy a certain area of an image and brush that area over a different area. Pixelmator is a great app for graphic designers, artists, and photographers. On iOS, Pixelmator is US$4.99.
Snapseed is a great multi-purpose photo editor by Google. Among a big selection of tools, Snapseed has a healing brush. Now, in my experience, I’ll say it up front: it’s not very good for removing large objects. If you want to remove a small pimple, piece of dust, or anything else, it’s fine. But for bigger things, you’ll find that the heal screws up the image. Thankfully, there is an undo button. There are no advanced healing tools either, such as a clone stamp or lasso. But Snapseed has other good tools, and that’s why I’ve kept it in my iPhone. Snapseed is Free.
Enlight is another multi-purpose editing tool. I’ve moved away from it over the past year, but it’s still a great app to edit your photos. It combines Photoshop-esque tools with the filters of a more basic editing app. I didn’t find Enlight’s heal tool particularly great, but it is a bit better than Snapseed’s tool. Enlight has a heal brush, and a patch tool, which is essentially a clone stamp. The heal tool is awkward to use. You don’t brush over an element. Instead, there is a circular window that you can resize and place it on the image. It doesn’t match the surrounding area very well; it’s more like a blur. So each heal is noticeable unless they are small. The patch tool is only slightly better. Enlight is US$3.99.
Adobe Photoshop Fix
Like TouchRetouch, Photoshop Fix is a dedicated retouching tool. Adobe knows photos, and that experience shows in each app. I would rate Photoshop Fix’s healing tools on par with TouchRetouch. You can adjust the size and hardness of the spot heal, and brush over unwanted elements as you’d expect. Additionally, there is both a patch tool and a clone stamp. Adobe Photoshop Fix is Free, although you’ll have to create an Adobe ID to use it.
Potential Solutions and Recommended Workarounds
Before you perform any of the following troubleshooting procedures, verify and ensure that the app you are trying to delete is not an iOS built-in app. Some or most Apple built-in apps are not removable or cannot be uninstalled.
Working Solution: Turn Off Restrictions
Marked among the best and working solutions to the same problem raised on the Apple Support forum is on re-configuring restrictions. It turns out that the update has changed the iPhone restrictions, which was found enabled after the update implementation. And so to clear the issue, you will need to disable this option on your iPhone again.
With that said, you can try to go to your iPhone Settings-> General-> Restrictions menu and make sure that the option to delete apps is enabled. To check on it, go to Settings-> General-> Restrictions-> Deleting Apps, then make sure the switch next to it is turned ON. Otherwise, you can toggle the switch to disable or turn off restrictions completely. You may be required to enter a passcode to turn this feature off.
If that won’t help, then you may consider giving any of the following workarounds a try and see what happens.
First Method: Reboot your iPhone 6s one more time.
In most cases, your device will automatically reboot after the update installation is complete. But there are also times when it won’t and you need to reboot it manually instead. Minor glitches on the software that trigger the same problem are often remedied by a reboot so make sure you don’t miss doing so.
- You can reboot your iPhone the usual way by pressing and holding the Power button, slide to power off, wait for about 30 seconds, then press and hold the Power button again until the Apple logo appears.
Alternatively, you can do a force restart by pressing and holding the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for a few seconds and then release both buttons when the Apple logo appears. A force reboot would be necessary if your iPhone is unresponsive and the usual reboot is not possible.
Both reboot methods won’t affect your iPhone data and so either way is safe to try. Wait until your iPhone reboots completely and then try deleting the app again.
Second Method: Manage 3D Touch Settings
On iPhones with 3D Touch, deleting an app seems to become a hassle because there is a higher chance that you will accidentally trigger the 3D Touch peek-and-pop widgets when you press and hold on an app icon to delete. This means that you have to be careful. To make sure you do it right, lightly place your finger on the app but don’t press down on it. If you get it right, you will see the delete button after about a second.
- If you still couldn’t get that to work, then you may resort to adjusting or turning off 3D Touch temporarily. To do so, go to Settings-> Accessibility-> 3D Touch.
You can either adjust 3D Touch Sensitivity from light to firm. Light sensitivity reduces the amount of pressure required while Firm sensitivity increases it. Or if you find 3D Touch more frustrating than it is worth, then you can just disable or turn off 3D Touch entirely and then try to delete the app while this feature is off.
You can adjust the 3D Touch settings back to its previous configuration once you’re finished deleting all the apps you want to get rid of.
Third Method: Try to delete the app through Settings app.
There are other ways for you to delete an app on your iPhone 6s and one of these is through the Settings app. Here’s how it’s done:
- Tap Settings to launch the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap iPhone Storage.
- Select the app you want to delete.
- Tap the option to Delete app.
- Tap Delete to confirm action.
If this too won’t work, try the next workaround.
Fourth Method: Try to delete the app through iTunes.
If the usual apps deletion methods won’t work, then you can try using iTunes and delete the apps from your Apps library. In this case, you will need to use a Windows or Mac computer that has the latest version of iTunes installed and then proceed with the following steps:
- Open iTunes on the computer.
- Connect your iPhone 6s to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
- Wait until your iPhone is recognized in iTunes or tap the option to Trust This Computer to continue.
- Select your iPhone 6s from the list of iTunes devices.
- Navigate to your Apps library (iPhone Apps).
- Select the app you want to remove and then press the Delete key on your keyboard.
- If asked, tap the option to Delete from Library to confirm action.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the app you want to remove from your iTunes library and then select Delete.
How to remove Safari from iPhone or iPad
As previously noted, you cannot delete Safari from your device because it is deeply integrated into iOS, but you can easily remove it from your home screen. However, it should be pointed out that removing the icon doesn’t mean you delete the actual contents, e.g., your browsing data, logins, etc. So before deleting Safari, you may also want to do some clean-up.
Erase your browsing history and data
Follow these steps to delete all your browsing history, cookies, and other Safari-related information:
1. From your main screen, choose “Settings” and then tap “Safari”.
2. Scroll down and click on “Clear History and Website Data”.
3. Once again, tap “Clear History and Website Data” to confirm your choice.
Now that all your searches, logins and other browsing data are gone for good, let’s move further to turn Safari off. To do this:
1. Go back to your “Settings” and tap “General”.
2. Click to enable “Restrictions”.
3. After entering your four-digit passcode, you will see a list of all active restrictions. Left-slide Safari and that’s it – the browser is no longer active.
Once you are finished with this procedure, you will no longer see the Safari icon on your home screen and won’t be able to use it. But if you ever change your mind, you can bring it back anytime by going to Settings->General->Restrictions.
One final note: keep it or delete it?
If you are satisfied with this browser and are not sure whether to delete it or not, the answer is: don’t. Safari has long been one of the most popular browsers for a good reason. It does what a browser is supposed to do, including the ability to surf in private mode, ask websites not to track you, and even block some annoying advertisements. Some may say it’s a little boring, but honestly – do you really expect a browser to be exciting?
However, if you are up for some changes and looking for secure browser alternatives, here’s a few worth trying:
- Brave – this free, lightweight and open-source browser automatically blocks intrusive and malicious ads, cookies, tracking pixels and redirects sites to HTTPS.
- Onion Browser directs and encrypts your web traffic through the Tor network (anonymity network), giving you maximum privacy and security while browsing.
- Endless Browser – one more reliable browser to the list. Like Brave, it includes HTTPS Everywhere, blocks weak SSL/TLS encryption ciphers, pop-up ads and cookies.
And last but not least – whichever tool you may choose, a reliable VPN service is a must. It hides your IP address and encrypts all your internet traffic with strong protocols so that you can be sure – your private data stays private no matter what.
Happy secure browsing!