Deleting an app on an iPhone is a walk in the park. You lightly press on the app you want to get rid of and all the apps start to wobble, you press the “x” icon and the unwanted app disappears.
But is there a way to keep track of all the apps you’ve uninstalled?
Yes, there is, and it’s very easy to do. The following sections show you how to view deleted apps and also restore them if you wish. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Preview of remote applications
Once you click on the “x” icon and confirm by clicking “Uninstall”, the app along with its data will be gone. However, this has not gone away forever. Remember that all your apps (whether removed or installed) are in the App Store. You are just a few steps away from accessing them at any time.
To view previous downloads, follow these steps:
- Open the App Store and click on your profile picture in the top right corner.
- Click Purchases .
- Touch My purchases .
- Tap Not on this iPhone .
If you select the All tab, you will see all the apps in your account. Those that are installed have an “Open” button on the right, and those that you have removed have a small cloud icon.
How to restore applications
After a while, you may realize that you want to go back to some of the apps that you have uninstalled. Unsurprisingly, there are several different ways to restore apps on iPhone, and they are all easy.
You already know how to navigate to the Not on This iPhone tab, so you don’t have to repeat the steps. Once on the tab, view the list of uninstalled apps and tap on the cloud icon to reinstall it. You will need to enter your Apple ID password to verify and download the app.
The small blue circle shows the download status. When you’re done, you’ll see an “Open” button next to the app. The great thing about this feature is that you don’t have to pay twice for purchased apps. It is enough to restore the application.
Search by name
It may be faster to enter the name of the app in the App Store search bar and find the app that way. The store remembers your purchases, of course, and the process is pretty similar to the one above. Click the magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner of the App Store, enter a name, and select an app from the results.
The cloud icon appears below the application name; just click on it to reinstall the app.
Restore with iTunes
For some reason, Apple decided to remove the “Apps” tab/icon from iTunes 12.7 and up. But if you haven’t updated iTunes in a while, you can still restore apps. In this case, click on your iPhone, select “Apps” and click “Install” next to the ones you want to use again.
On the other hand, you can use the “Restore from Backup” feature in any version of iTunes. However, this may be too much to get multiple applications. You must keep your iPhone up to date and there is always a risk of losing some of your data. Therefore, it is best to stick to the previously described methods.
Apps are missing
You may notice that some of your apps are not found anywhere, even if you haven’t uninstalled them. But there is nothing to worry about – these applications are not gone forever. Starting with iOS 11.0, Apple introduced the “Offload Unused Apps” feature, which removes apps you don’t use.
All downloaded applications can be reinstalled through the App Store. If you don’t like this automatic feature, just turn it off. All you have to do is:
- Go to ” Settings ” and click on ” iTunes & App Store “.
- Scroll down to offload unused apps .
- Toggle the switch to disable the feature.
Advice. Use Spotlight search to find missing or removed apps. Enter an app name and select the App Store icon if the app has been downloaded or uploaded.
Frequently asked Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions about finding deleted apps on iPhone.
If I remove an app from my phone that I paid for, will I have to pay to download it again?
As long as you use the same Apple ID and password, you won’t have to pay to re-download the app. Just go to the App Store on your phone, click on the cloud icon and download the content.
You may see a button that says “Buy” instead of a cloud. If you use the same Apple ID and password, you don’t have to pay for the app. If it’s an inexpensive app and you don’t mind downloading it, because often you’ll get a popup saying “You already purchased this app”. Unfortunately, this is not a guarantee, so you may need to contact Apple.
How do I know if I have downloaded an app before?
Some apps give you special privileges to create an account. Others are apps we don’t use often, so we only re-add them when needed. Luckily, there’s an easy way to find out if you’ve ever installed a particular app before.
Go to the App Store and enter the name of the app. If it has a cloud icon, you’ve already downloaded it using your iCloud account. If it says “Get” or “Buy”, you haven’t had the app yet.
If I change my Apple ID, can I restore my apps?
Unfortunately no. If you delete or lose access to your Apple ID, you will also lose access to all saved information and your purchases. The only workaround is if you have family sharing set up.
Reactivate Family Sharing with your new Apple ID and see if your purchases become available. If you have deleted your Apple ID, this may not work because you have also deleted all purchases. Alternatively, if you or someone in your family has made purchases and your account is still active, this is definitely worth a try.
How to return the downloaded application?
Whether you manually unloaded the app or iOS did it for you, you can easily restore the app. Unlike deleting an app, unloading it means the app icon is still on the home screen. Here is what you can do to identify and return an unloaded application:
1. Scroll through the home screen looking for an app with a download icon.
2. Tap the app and wait for it to download again.
Applications are always there
In short, the easiest way to see deleted apps is through the Purchased tab in the App Store. From there, you can quickly restore multiple apps at the same time by clicking on the cloud icon. Another important takeaway is that the Unload Unused Apps feature automatically uninstalls apps. Disable it to avoid temporary loss of some of your applications.