Is it safe to remove stock apps from my iPhone?

How do I remove iBooks, Game Center and other built-in apps from my iPhone?

It only took 9 years, but Apple has finally allowed iPhone and iPad users to remove some built-in apps from their Home screens. Users running iOS 10 or later can delete apps they do not use, such as iBooks, News and more. Here's a list of stock Apple apps you can remove from your iPhone or iPad when running the iOS 10 beta or later.

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music
  • News
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • Videos
  • Voice Memos
  • Watch app
  • Weather

Removing a built-in app from your device will also remove any related user data and configuration files. Removing your Contacts app will not remove your individual contacts. They can still be accessed in the Phone app under the Contacts tab.

You will need to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone before removing the Watch app.

You can remove these stock apps like you delete any third-party app from your device.