How to Stop Your iPhone from Deleting Apps Automatically

As new features and updates have been made to the iOS operating system, a lot of tools have been added which can help you to manage the storage space on the device. Media files and apps are getting bigger and bigger, so managing space is more crucial than ever. But you may be wondering how to stop your iPhone from deleting apps automatically if you are finding that it’s removing old apps on its own.

The iOS 11 update included many new features and changes, some of which offered options for helping to manage your storage space more effectively. One of these options lets you offload unused apps, which essentially means that your iPhone can delete apps from your device if they haven’t been used in a while and you are low on storage space. It does keep the data from those apps, however, if you decide later that you need to download the app from the App Store again.

But you may not like how the iPhone is choosing to delete these apps, and would prefer to manage it on your own. Our tutorial below will direct you to the menu where you can disable this option and stop your iPhone from deleting apps automatically.

How to Stop Deleting Apps Automatically on an iPhone in iOS 14

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose App Store.
  3. Turn off Offload Unused Apps.

Our article continues below with additional information on stopping your iPhone from deleting apps automatically, including information on how to perform these steps in older versions of iOS.

How to Disable the “Offload Unused Apps” Option in iOS 11 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.2. This guide assumes that you had previously enabled the Offload Unused Apps setting as a means to automatically manage your apps when you were running low on storage space. If you wish to disable this setting because you have found that it is deleting apps that you actually want, then continue below.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

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Step 2: Select the iTunes & App Store option.

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Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap the button to the right of Offload Unused Apps.

The feature is disabled when there is no green shading around the button. My iPhone is not automatically deleting apps in the picture below.

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If you no longer wish to let your iPhone automatically manage storage space, but still need to find ways to increase your available storage, then check out our guide to deleting iPhone items. It offers a number of suggestions for places to look where you can get rid of some stuff and increase your available storage.

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