How To Remove Icons From the iPad Home Screen

Deleting Apps On Ipad

Every iOS iteration gets significant improvements from Apple. When iOS 14 was released, users found a crucial improvement. Previously, removing an icon from the home screen would delete the app from your iPad.

But, with the introduction of Apple’s new App Library, you can now remove apps from your iPad’s home screen without completely removing them from your system.

Quick Answer

You can remove the app from the home screen by opening the context menu or holding it long enough to bulk delete. Alternatively, you can go to Settings to remove them.

There are a few steps to do it. All of them are easy and don’t need technical supervision. This article will teach you all the methods to remove icons from the iPad home screen. Let’s dive right into it. 

How To Remove Icons From the iPad Home Screen

There are a few proven ways to remove app icons from your iPad’s home screen. Also, you can contain newly installed app icons on your iPad’s home screen. All of these methods are pretty much straightforward. Let’s learn about them.

Method #1: From the Home Screen

Removing the app icons from your iPad home screen is easy. You need to perform the below-mentioned steps to accomplish that. Whether you are running iOS 13/14/15, these easy steps will help you to declutter your iPad home screen.

  1. Unlock your iPad.
  2. Locate the app you want to remove from the home screen.
  3. Tap and hold on to the icon of the respected app and let the context menu open.
  4. You’ll notice a cross (“x”) sign just above the icon. Press it, and the icon will disappear.
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Keep in Mind

If the app icon you’re removing from the home screen is linked to iTunes, it will reappear once it is synced with iOS devices.

Method #2: From the Settings

Alternatively, you can also delete unwanted app icons from the Settings app. Just like the above method, it combines a few steps. Here are the steps.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Open “General” > “Usage” section.
  3. Open “Show All Apps”. It will display all the apps on your iPad.
  4. Scroll down and find the app you want to remove.
  5. Press the “Delete App” button.
  6. A pop-up dialog box will open, asking you to confirm the deletion. Choose “Delete” to remove the icon from your home screen.
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Method #3: Mass Delete From the Home Screen

Going app-by-app while removing them from your home screen takes a lot of time. But don’t worry! There’s also a way to remove multiple icons at one go. Follow the steps below to mass delete apps from your iPad’s home screen.

  1. Unlock your iPad. 
  2. Go to the home screen and press and hold in an empty space. You’ll notice all the apps start to jiggle.
  3. Click on the cross (“x”) sign next to the icons to bear the apps you don’t want to see on your iPad.
  4. You can also hide an entire page from the home screen from here.
  5. Once you are done with the changes, click “Done” in the top-right corner.
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How To Prevent New Apps From Appearing on Your Home Screen

You can easily remove the icons from your iPad home screen from the three methods mentioned above. However, when you install a new application on your iPad, its icons appear on your home screen. Since you know how to remove them, it won’t be an issue.

Still, you can prevent the new app icons from occurring on the home screen in the first place. With a few simple tweaks in the Settings, you can prevent apps from appearing on your iPad’s home screen. Here are the steps to do it.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Scroll down, and select “Home Screen”.
  3. Find the “New Apps Download” section.
  4. Select “Only App Library”, and you’re done.

With these easy steps, you can prevent your home screen from getting clustered with new apps.

Don’t worry! Your apps won’t be deleted from your iPad completely. They would still be available in the App Drawer. So you can access them from the App Drawer. If you use new apps more frequently, you can add them to your iPad home screen.

Quick Tip

There is a dedicated folder in the App Drawer labeled “Recently Added”. Here you will have all the recently installed apps on your iPad.

Wrapping Up

Overall, all the methods mentioned above are simple. You can easily remove the app and make your home screen attractive. Make sure to remove the apps that have a connection with iTunes. Otherwise, syncing with your iPhone will reinstate the icon on your home screen.

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