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:
- Reboot your iPhone normally. See this link for instructions on how to restart your iPhone.
- 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.
- 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.
Anonymous replied on Permalink
This worked - thanks so much!
Diamond replied on Permalink
I have a really simple way.
3)click on app and press delete app
Anonymous replied on Permalink
This works, thank you so much!
MinnKid replied on Permalink
Tried everything but could not delete it. Your method works like a champ. Thanks
Dave Frease replied on Permalink
There is no "USAGE" under settings???? Can you explain please?
Zion replied on Permalink
Settings -> General -> Storage & iCloud Usage -> Manage Storage -> [App you want to delete] > Delete App
G replied on Permalink
It worked! Thanks, Zion!
Sachin replied on Permalink
Thanks. It worked.
Emily replied on Permalink
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.
TheGamingPenguinYT replied on Permalink
Same, does anybody know how to fix this. This has been bugging me for 5 Months.
C replied on Permalink
I'm having the same issue. Anyone have a solution? Apple support was of no help here.
Yonatn replied on Permalink
Thank you, Zion. Finally it works!
VgK replied on Permalink
THAT worked - thank you!
Marija replied on Permalink
THANK YOU IT WORKED
Kim.. replied on Permalink
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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Bijay Laxmi replied on Permalink
Thanks it's works
Max replied on Permalink
that worked, thanks
dimitry replied on Permalink
Peter Zeevy replied on Permalink
Brilliant. It worked for me also when all else failed. Thank you.
SteveDadPops replied on Permalink
So simple - got rid of the stuck icon.
You'd think Apple would post that instead of the crap they do.
Ryan replied on Permalink
THANK YOU! Your method worked perfectly!
Koo replied on Permalink
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
RWinchester replied on Permalink
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!
Kristie Cook replied on Permalink
Thanks this was super easy
jill replied on Permalink
google is not in that list in usage?
Demi replied on Permalink
I can't even find useage on my iPhone. It's a 5s... Where am I looking for it?:s
mdfrank replied on Permalink
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.
Ditto replied on Permalink
Me too. And it is Uber and I just want it gone because it won't update.
Katie replied on Permalink
So simple and worked. Thanks so much Diamond!