Finally, our cries have been heard. The currently ongoing iOS 9.3 beta program — available here — features a way for users to delete default iPhone apps, such as Stocks, Find Friends and Contacts.
Though useful, it doesn’t come cheap — you are required to purchase an Apple developer membership, which will set you back around £79 (roughly $112).
Once you’ve signed up for the beta and purchased a membership, you’re good to go. It’s now just a case of setting up a basic configuration, using a list of commands to hide individual apps.
How to delete default iPhone apps
Just so you’re covered, here’s a more digestible step-by-step guide on how the whole thing is done. Again, thanks to The Telegraph for this.
- Register for the iOS beta programme.
- From your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download the iOS 9.3 public beta.
- Download the Apple Configurator 2.2 beta. This requires the aforementioned £79 developer membership.
- You can then set up a basic configuration. Choose the option that says “Do not allow some apps,” then enter commands for the app you want to remove — “here. ” for Stocks, for example. A full command list can be found
At present, this functionality only exists behind a paywall, but its mere existence suggests Apple may want to make it widely available.
Another viable solution, for the less tech-savvy out there, is to just do this.