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How to permanently delete a free iPad app?

13143 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2013 10:38 AM by powerobject RSS
Ken2G5 Level 4 Level 4 (1,330 points)
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Jun 16, 2012 10:15 AM

I had downloaded a free app in my iPad, discovered it was really stupid and worthless, so deleted it. But then when sync'ing with iTunes, it reappeared. So in iTunes, I deleted it again. I clicked "REMOVE" when it asked me, "are you sure you want to remove the app *** from the iPad...?" But sync'ing again to the iPad made it reappear. I go through this several times. Each time I sync the iPad in iTunes, it reappears!


How can I delete this stupid haunting annoying free app?


What's the best way to permanently delete iPad apps in general?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4), and iPad
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,760 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to Ken2G5)

    Did you follow the prompt about moving the app to the trash?


    Launch iTunes (not with the iPad connected). Click on Apps under the Library Heading on the left side of iTunes. Find the app that you want to delete. Right click on the app icon or the app in the list - and select Delete.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,490 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to Ken2G5)

    Is the app still in your computer's iTunes library ? If so then you may want to remove it from there so that iTunes isn't able to try and sync it back to the iPad.


    You can't currently permanently delete apps (or any other content) from your purchase history, but you can hide it so that it's less visible when browsing through your purchased tabs :

  • powerobject Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 10, 2013 10:38 AM (in response to Ken2G5)

    While restoring purchases on a new/replaced device from iCloud, if iOS does not restore HIDDEN apps from my iTunes account, that would be the right solution. If I need to reinstall a hidden app, I just unhide it and restore. This way, all the apps are there in our account but only the VISIBLE apps are downloaded to our device.


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