How do I delete / remove an iPhone app that is stuck installing?

How do I delete / remove an iPhone app that is stuck installing?

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Sometimes iPhone applications get stuck waiting or loading when installing. These apps might be frozen with a blank icon and no way to remove them for days. Holding down on the home screen to delete the stuck app won't even show the black circle with an "x" that appears on other icons. Here are instructions on how to delete these waiting applications:

1. Reboot your iPhone normally. See this link for instructions on how to restart your iPhone.

2. If the apps are still stuck on the home screen, try logging out of the App Store temporarily. Navigate to Settings -> Store -> Apple ID -> Sign Out. Now open the App Store and Navigate to the Featured section. Scroll to the bottom of the page and touch the Sign In -> Use Existing Apple ID. Log in and the stuck apps should reset.

3. Still have strange icons on the screen or frozen downloading apps? Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes. Navigate to the app store. Install the apps you are having a problem with on the computer then sync your iPhone.


This worked - thanks so much!

tried all three steps, darn app still there... pls help

Maybe u should turn off and on?

I tried that with the twitter app, and now I can't download my twitter app again because AppStore says I already have it downloaded which I don't so :(

Hey did you ever figure out how to fix that because I'm having the same problem right now but for kik messenger

Me too!!! I can't delete Kik it's been stuck downloading for 2 days!!!

I had same problem, held the home & power button to restart iPad, then signed out then back in iTunes account, and redownloaded that app, worked for me.

Tried everything to get rid of app, it'll jiggle show the X choose delete but it just sits there! Getting frustrated, done soft reset and signed in and out of iTunes, can't get rid of it? Any help mate

Can't play Pokemon go because of it :(

Same ;(

Settings > General > Storage & iCloud > Manage Storage > Find app and delete > Reinstall. Worked for me!!

Wow thank you! That was a great solution. It was nagging me for a long time.

Wow thank you! That was a great solution. It was nagging me for a long time.

I've struggled for answer to this for months and nothing has worked till now. This worked !!!

Thank you!!!!

This worked! Settings- general- storage and iCloud- delete! Thank you!

Yep it work.. Thank u so much..

Install vshare open vshare and than install Twitter. How to install it: open safari and type and choose jailbroken or unnjeibroken version and hit install. Also vshare lets you install any paid app free.

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I installed vshare and it froze installing now I hit delete and it won't go away and I can't install it to get it back either

I have the same problem with twitter

Go to settings then usage then click on the stalled apps then press delete then re download .

Thank you so much, that worked a treat.

You need to specify the actual path. There is no "settings, usage". It is settings, general, usage, storage, show all apps..... Then click on desired app to delete. Thanks for comin.

it works!thank you!

Thanks so much! That worked a treat!

I delete the apps. But when I try redownload it... Same things happened ! It stuck on waiting again!

some apps/ updates on apps are only compatible with some versions of iphone. if you have a 4 and are no longer able to update any further ie. 7.1.2 then the app may need the newest update on the phone for it to work. the app when updating may not work because the new update on the app needs the newest iphone update and if the iphone you have can only update so far there will be confusion between the two and the phone will start to act up, glitch, shut down randomly.

it works... thanks a lot.

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