If you have an iPhone you can undoubtedly relate to the following:
You open your email and there’s a great review of an app that you just need to have. It’s the app that will change your life for the better. The app that will make you wonder how you’ve managed to survive this long without it. You go to the app store on your phone and press “Get” only to be told you don’t have enough storage space. So you throw a fist in the air and angrily shake it while shouting, “Damn you, stocks app!”
Well, if you have an iPhone 5 or later, an iPad Pro, iPad 4 or later, a 6th generation iPod Touch, and/or an iPad mini 2 or newer, those days are officially over. You can finally delete those built-in Apple apps you never use.
Here’s how to reach that promised land of much needed storage space:
- Back up your device either to your computer (by plugging it in and following the prompts when iTunes opens) or to iCloud (by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup > On).
Download iOS 10. If you’re near your computer, plug your device in, open iTunes, go to Summary and click Check for Update. If you’re not, you can download wirelessly by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install.
Once iOS 10 is installed, press and hold your least favourite app until it shakes and marvel in the fact that a little x is now available.
You can now chose whether or not to say so long to the Calculator, Calendar, Compass and Contacts. Sayonara FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, and iBooks. Adios iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, and Maps. Auf Wiedersehen Music, News, Notes, and Podcasts. Arrivederci Reminders, Stocks, Tips, and Videos. And see you in hell, Voice Memos, Watch app, and Weather.
We have entered a new age. An age free of shame over not caring about the stock market. A new dawn where we can trust Google Maps to tells us which direction we're heading in over the Maps app without fear of judgement. An age where our iPhones can be the extensions of ourselves they were always meant to be.
An age where you now have room to download the Mamamia podcast app.