The iPhone and the iPad can house a fair number of apps across their multiple home screens. Given that you can create 11 pages of apps on the iPhone with each screen capable of displaying 16 apps, you can showcase 176 individual apps in full iconic glory. Or, if you go wild with app folders and stuff each one full with a dozen apps, there’s room to house 2,112 apps on the iPhone’s screens. On the iPad, the number is 4,400 (11 pages x 20 apps/page x 20 apps/group).
Now that sounds like a lot. It probably is more than sufficient for most people’s needs. However, if you’re a real app hog or if you’re merely a moderate app hog who prefers not to shove things into folders, Apple is happy to accommodate you. Ever since the 3.0 update of iOS, we’ve been able to install any number of apps on the iPhone or iPad, limited only by the available storage.
So once your idevice’s screens are chockablock with apps, there’s no need to uninstall an app before adding a new one to your collection. Just go ahead and install it. Of course, once all your app ‘slots’ have been taken up, there’ll be no way for your device to display the newly installed app’s icon. It’s on your device, but it’s hidden from view.
Running a hidden app
Running a hidden app is easy. Just use Spotlight search:
- From the Home screen, swipe right to display Spotlight search.
- Start typing the name of the app in the search box.
- Tap the app to run it.
Although this is easy, it’s not necessarily a convenient way to run an app, especially if that hidden app becomes one of your most-used apps. Or what if you want to delete the app? There’s no way to do that directly from your device because you can’t tap-and-hold the app’s icon, jiggle it and tap the delete button.
In both these cases, you’ll want to unhide the app.
Unhiding hidden apps
To make a hidden app visible:
- Create a place to display the app by either deleting another (visible) app, or by dragging an app into a new or existing folder.
- Switch your device off completely by holding the power button for a few seconds and swiping Slide to Power Off.
- Turn your device back on.
Your app will now appear in the slot you provided.
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.