Surely, every owner of an iPhone or iPad knows a problem when unused applications occupy an invaluable place on the phone. Fortunately, it’s practically “possible to forget about it” – starting with iOS 11, a feature has appeared in the Apple mobile operating system that will automatically delete unused programs.
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What is the difference between deletion and upload?
To begin with, note that deletion and unloading are slightly different processes. When uninstalling a program all data related to it is deleted, while when unloading the application related information, settings and documents saved on device. The downloaded application can be easily restored if it is available on the App Store. Upload feature is available in iOS 11 and later OS versions.
Data associated with downloaded applications is also stored in backups that users automatically or manually save to iCloud or iTunes. When restoring a device from a backup, settings and data will also be restored. In some cases, when restoring from a backup, iOS may require you to enter an unused Apple ID for a long time if the user has switched from an earlier device model to the current one. This may mean that the backup includes the downloaded applications tied to the old identifier.
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Delete or unload – advantages and disadvantages
Unloading. When unloading, the original application file is deleted, but all documents and data associated with it are saved. Also, the program icon remains on the home screen, so restoring it will not be difficult. Compared to deletion, unloading is not so effective in terms of freeing up space, but the data associated with the unloaded application is stored on the device.
Removal. When you delete applications from the device, the application file, data and documents associated with it are completely deleted, which allows you to clear more space. The application icon will also be removed from the home screen and if you want to reinstall it, you will need to download the program from the App Store and reconfigure it.
The main advantage of uploading is to save time – you do not need to reconfigure the application. This functionality will be useful to owners of iOS devices who do not resort to iCloud Drive to organize files or use applications with the ability to store documents in the “apple” cloud.
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How to understand that the application has been downloaded
An icon with the image of a “cloud and arrows” will appear next to the name of the application, which was automatically downloaded. If you saw such an icon, be aware that the application has been unloaded and its data is still stored on the device.
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How to manually download unnecessary applications on iOS
As mentioned above, the unloading process is different from the removal process. In order to remove the program from iPhone or iPad, you need to press and hold its icon on the home screen until it starts to vibrate, and then click on the “x” in the upper left corner of the icon.
In order to download the application, follow the instructions below:
1. Open “Settings” on the device.
2. Click “Basic”.
3. Select from the list IPhone Storage.
4. Click on the application you want to download.
Prompt: For greater user convenience, the applications in the list are organized in order of decreasing size.
5. Click “Download the program”.
6. Confirm the action by selecting “Download the program” in the popup menu.
Prompt: If the application is marked as “Not used”, you can safely delete it without worrying about data loss, since they were never created.
As an unwritten rule, it is recommended to remove applications that have not been used for more than six months or never at all.
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How to reinstall unloaded applications
Icons of downloaded applications are saved on the home screen. Reinstalling them returns all the data associated with the application. If the program is not available on the App Store, you will not be able to install it again.
There are several ways to install previously downloaded applications:
Method 1: Home Screen
Icons of downloaded applications are marked with a small cloud on the home screen.
1. Go to the home screen.
2. Click the icon of the downloaded application.
That’s all, the application will load again.
Method 2: Search
Downloaded applications are displayed in iOS search.
1. Go to any home screen.
2. Swipe down anywhere on the display to call up the search function.
3. Enter the first letters of the application name, and then select it in the search results. iOS will automatically reload the selected program from the App Store, and then the application will automatically synchronize with the saved data.
Method 3: Storage Settings
You can restore the downloaded application through the storage settings.
1. Open the section “Settings” on the device.
2. Click “Basic”.
3. Select from the list IPhone Storage.
4. Click on the downloaded application that you want to reinstall.
5. Click Reinstall Application.
The application will restart. If it is no longer available on the App Store, you will not be able to re-download the program.
Method 4: App Store / Siri
Finally, reinstalling the application is possible directly through the App Store.
1. Open the App Store on the device.
2. Find the application you need.
3. Tap on the application, and then click on the pause icon.
Prompt: Just ask Siri to download the app. If you ask the assistant to open the program, an error will be displayed on the screen.
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How to set up automatic unloading of unnecessary applications on iPhone and iPad
iOS offers the ability to configure automatic unloading of applications when there is not enough storage space. To do this, open “Settings” → “ITunes and the App Store” → “Unload unused” and move the slider to the on position.
There are other ways to reduce memory consumption on an iOS device. In many cases, the system itself takes care of this. For example, iOS periodically deletes various temporary files and cache, and also offers recommendations for saving storage space. You can get acquainted with them in “Settings” → “Basic” → IPhone Storage → “Recommendations”.
The download option does not apply to native Apple applications, although iOS also allows you to remove and reinstall regular programs. However, you can view information on Apple applications in the settings. For example, the Music application contains a list of all media content stored on the device, so that you can easily delete space-consuming music albums or individual songs.
Many owners of iOS devices have probably noticed that the storage space is running out pretty quickly. The reason is that many modern applications require more resources, but many developers are lazy or do not want to optimize their programs for iOS.
If you decide to use the ability to download applications, remember that program-related data and documents are stored on the device and continue to occupy precious space. To remove them, press and hold the icon of the downloaded application on the home screen until it starts to “vibrate”, and then press “×” and select Delete in the menu (in detail).