You Can’t Delete Built-In Apps That Come With the iPad. But You Can Hide Some.


iPad default apps

Every iPad currently comes with 19 built-in apps. You can find an introduction to the built-in apps on the Apple website at this link. These default apps appear on the home screen and the dock of your iPad once you set it up. You can’t delete any of the apps that come with your iPad. However, you can hide several of these apps so you don’t see them or so others won’t have access to them.

Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
Enable Restrictions and set a passcode you will remember.
Then toggle OFF the apps you don’t want to see or use.

iPad restriction setting

The app icons have disappeared and the apps are now hidden. They’re still on your iPad. You can make them visible again by returning to Restrictions, entering your passcode and setting the switch back to ON. A simpler solution may be to gather the apps you don’t want to deal with into a folder. Then move that folder to an iPad home screen you don’t visit.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. Click Here for Video Lessons