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How To Stop Your iPhone From Deleting Apps

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A smartphone storage space is essential for its function. When the storage space is almost filled, the available memory becomes insufficient to carry out the essential operation of the apps themselves.

An iPhone eliminates this insufficient storage space issue by automatically deleting unused apps. However, this feature is not always beneficial. It requires us to redownload the app repeatedly when we want to use it. Hence, there is a need to stop the iPhone from deleting apps automatically.

Quick Answer

To stop the iPhone from uninstalling your app automatically, you should disable automatic uninstall from Settings. Also, you can delete your apps yourself before running out of phone space.

Continue reading this article to learn why and how to stop your iPhone from deleting apps automatically. 

How To Stop an iPhone From Deleting Apps

There are several ways to stop your iPhone from deleting apps automatically.

First, you can turn off unused app settings. Secondly, you can manually delete apps to prevent the iPhone from doing it for you. Lastly, you can increase the storage space on your iPhone to stop the prompt that allows your iPhone to delete apps automatically. 

Method #1: Disable the Offload Unused Apps Settings

Here is how to turn off offload new app settings.

  1. Go to your Settings app.
  2. Click “App Store”.
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  3. Turn off the “Offload Unused Apps” option.
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Keep in Mind

If you witness that your iPhone has automatically deleted your apps, you shouldn’t panic about your data. Your data will be saved in iCloud. Hence, you can always go back to iCloud to download your app data.

Method #2: Manage Your Apps Yourself

Here is how to delete your app before running out of phone storage.

  1. Go to Settings > “General” > “iPhone Storage”.
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  2. Choose the app you want to delete and uninstall it.
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You will also have the option to retain the app data while still deleting the app. Keeping the app’s memory will help when you reinstall the app later.

Method #3: Delete Unneeded Files

Manage your apps effectively to save space by deleting unneeded pictures, videos, documents, and other files.

Why Are My Apps Deleted on iPhone?

If your apps get automatically deleted on your iPhone, you must redownload them repeatedly. They automatically delete because the Settings is set to automatic deletion of unused apps.

The automatic deletion occurs when your iPhone internal storage or your iCloud storage space is insufficient.

iCloud Storage Space

Every iCloud account has free 5 GB storage. However, when we move data from our apps to the iCloud to save space on our phone memory, the iCloud storage may get filled up.

If you don’t want to change your iPhone to a larger phone size, you can upgrade your iCloud storage plan to iCloud+. You can use any device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC) to upgrade to iCloud+.

iCloud+ is a premium cloud subscription for more storage space for your photos, files, and backups.

There are 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB iCloud+ plans. Each storage plan also comes with its rules. You will be charged based on a prorated cost if you change one premium plan to another.

How To Increase iCloud Storage Space

You can increase iPhone storage by upgrading to iCloud+. Here is how to upgrade to iCloud+.

Using an iPhone

  1. Using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings.
  2. Tap your iCloud name.
  3. Click “iCloud” > “Manage Storage” or “iCloud Storage”. You will see an option to buy more.
  4. Tap the “Buy More Storage” or “Change Storage Plan” option.
  5. Select your desired plan.

Using a Mac Computer

  1. Choose the Apple menu  > System Preferences > “Apple ID” >  “iCloud”.
  2. Click “Manage” > “Change Storage Plan” or “Buy More Storage”.
  3. Select your desired plan.
  4. Tap the “Next” button and input your Apple ID password.

Using a Windows PC

  1. Open your iCloud for windows application.
  2. Tap “Storage” > “Change Storage Plan”.
  3. Select an iCloud plan and tap “Next”.
  4. Input your Apple ID password, then tap “Buy”.

iPhone Internal Storage Space

Each iPhone series has its phone storage. The higher its hold, the higher the number of apps and data it can store without transferring it to iCloud.

In an iPhone, a ROM determines the amount of external data your phone can hold without the support of an iCloud.

The higher the external files such as music, pictures, documents, caches, and app data, the higher the amount of ROM you should get.

On the other hand, the RAM determines how much memory your phone has for processing functions of its apps.

The higher the number of apps on your iPhone, the higher the RAM you should get.

Also, the app demand affects the RAM. For instance, a gaming app or a video player requires higher RAM.

How To Increase iPhone Internal Storage Space

You can increase iPhone Internal storage by getting another iPhone with a larger ROM and RAM.

Here are some examples of the iPhone series with their storage sizes. If you face problems with storage space, you should consider higher models.

  • iPhone 5: 16GB 1GB RAM, 32GB 1GB RAM, 64GB 1GB RAM.
  • iPhone 6: Internal: 16GB 1GB RAM, 32GB 1GB RAM, 64GB 1GB RAM.
  • iPhone 6s: 16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 2GB RAM, 128GB 2GB RAM.
  • iPhone SE: 16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 2GB RAM, 128GB 2GB RAM.
  • iPhone 7: 32GB 2GB RAM, 128GB 2GB RAM, 256GB 2GB RAM.
  • iPhone 8: 64GB 2GB RAM, 128GB 2GB RAM, 256GB 2GB RAM.
  • iPhone 7+: 32GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM, 256GB 3GB RAM.
  • iPhone 8+: 64GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM, 256GB 3GB RAM.
  • iPhone X: 64GB 3GB RAM, 256GB 3GB RAM.
  • iPhone XR: 64GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM, 256GB 3GB RAM.
  • iPhone XS Max: 64GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM.
  • iPhone 11: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM.
  • iPhone 11 Pro: 64GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM.
  • iPhone 12: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM.
  • iPhone 12 Mini: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM.
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM.
  • iPhone 13: 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM.
  • iPhone 13 Pro:128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM, 1TB 6GB RAM.
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max:128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM, 1TB 6GB RAM.

Conclusion

It would be best to prevent your iPhone from automatically deleting your apps. It wastes cellular data due to redownloading it. Also, we won’t get access to data saved in the app when needed. Follow the steps in this article to learn the many ways to stop an iPhone from automatically deleting itself.

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