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

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

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!

I have a really simple way.
1) settings
3)click on app and press delete app

This works, thank you so much!

Tried everything but could not delete it. Your method works like a champ. Thanks

There is no "USAGE" under settings???? Can you explain please?

Settings -> General -> Storage & iCloud Usage -> Manage Storage -> [App you want to delete] > Delete App

It worked! Thanks, Zion!

Thanks. It worked.

My problem is that it is an app that is downloading, that I never wanted but somehow it is downloading anyway. I try to go into the settings to get rid of it, but since it has not finished downloading, it doesnt register in the settings as being there.

Same, does anybody know how to fix this. This has been bugging me for 5 Months.

I'm having the same issue. Anyone have a solution? Apple support was of no help here.

Thank you, Zion. Finally it works!

THAT worked - thank you!


So glad I found this. I have had this issue for months and it has been driving me nuts. Thanks this fixed it!

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Brilliant. It worked for me also when all else failed. Thank you.

So simple - got rid of the stuck icon.

You'd think Apple would post that instead of the crap they do.


THANK YOU! Your method worked perfectly!

Yeahy thanks so much :) finally managed to delete my much loved app as just wasn't updating and I no longer can use. Will now try reinstalling it, fingers cross lol

Thank you so much! This was the only thing that worked. And i tried EVERYTHING!! from restarting my phone to resetting my settings and logging out of my itunes account!

You're amazing!

Thanks this was super easy

google is not in that list in usage?

I can't even find useage on my iPhone. It's a 5s... Where am I looking for it?:s

the apps that are stuck on "waiting" aren't showing up under my usage. there are 4 total, and I've tried everything, and still cannot delete them.

Me too. And it is Uber and I just want it gone because it won't update.

So simple and worked. Thanks so much Diamond!