How to Temporarily Delete & Restore Apps in an iPhone

Reinstall iPhone apps using iTunes or the App Store app.
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If you need to reclaim space on your iPhone, you have the option of temporarily uninstalling apps. After you have deleted an app, you can restore the software using one of two methods. You can simply reinstall the app from the App Store or other source. The App Store app provides a list of previously purchased apps. You can reinstall a purchased app from the list without being charged for the second installation. You can also reinstall the app from iTunes if the app was previously synced in iTunes.

1 App Store - Reinstall

2 To launch the app

Tap the "App Store" icon in the iPhone home screen to launch the app. The Apple ID prompt displays.

3 Type your Apple ID

Type your Apple ID, then tap "OK" to enter the store.

4 Tap Search

Tap "Search," then type the name of the app to reinstall. As you type, matching entries display under the Search box.

5 Tap the entry

Tap the entry for the app to open the app's details page. Tap the "Free" or "Buy" option, depending on whether the app is a free or paid app. Complete the purchase for the paid app, if applicable.

6 Tap the Install or Install App option

Tap the "Install" or "Install App" option. The Apple ID prompt may reappear. Type your Apple ID, then tap "OK." The app downloads and installs over the air to your iPhone.

7 iTunes - Reinstall

8 Connect your iPhone

Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB data cable. Launch iTunes if the application does not start automatically.

9 Click the name

Click the name of your device in the “Devices” menu, then click the “Apps” tab.

10 Click the app to reinstall

Click the app to reinstall, then click “Sync.” The app is restored to the iPhone.

  • Reinstalling an app does not restore the app settings and files you saved with the previous installation.
  • Be sure to back up your data and settings using iCloud or iTunes backup and restore features prior to deleting an app. If all else fails, you can restore a backup of your data that includes the removed app.
  • Information provided in this article applies to iTunes 11 and iOS 7. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of iTunes or iOS.
  • Note that if you have apps running in the background and you simply want to close them, open the Multitasking menu by double-pressing the “Home” button. Tap and hold the entry for the app to close, then swipe upward to close the app.

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.