7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 16, 2010 12:31 PM by hkenney
hkenney Level 1 (0 points)
I would like to know if there is a way to temporarily remove downloaded apps from my iPad. I am going on a vacation and need all the space I can get to store pictures on it while I am away - but of course i don't want to lose all my apps either... any suggestions would be appreciated! thanks!!

WiFi + 3G, iOS 4
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)
    HI and welcome...

    Connect your iPad to your computer, launch iTunes. Select the Apps tab. Deselect the boxes next to the apps you want to remove from the iPad.

    Click the Sync button bottom right corner of the iTunes window.

    Restart your iPad. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears.
    Slide your finger across the slider to turn off iPad. To turn iPad back on, press and hold the Sleep/Wake until the Apple logo appears.

    You can add the apps back in at a later date.

    All your installed apps are located on the left side of the iTunes window on the left side under Library.

  • hkenney Level 1 (0 points)
    wow! step by step !!! thank you now to put them back on their would be as easy as re clicking the box in iTunes?
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 (9,330 points)
    That is correct. If you don't want to go through those steps, you can just hold down the app until all wriggle, then click on the red 'X' on the icon. It will delete the app from your iPad. You can later reinstall from iTunes if you wish.

  • hkenney Level 1 (0 points)
    and just so i'm certain, none of the content saved within the app will be lost right? Say my son has a few games that are story type so he is mid-level or mid-mission and saved the game, that will still be there when i add the apps back into the iPad?
  • lllaass Level 10 (176,034 points)
    I think app data i stored with the app on the iPad. However, on the computer, app data is stored as part of the backup and not as part of the app. Therefore, if you deleted an app on the iPad I would expect the app data to also be deleted. You should be able to get the app data back by restoring the iPad from backup.
  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,161 points)
    I havn't tried it so the following may be miles off the mark.

    If you do a backup, remove some apps, continue using the iPad, then when you put the apps back on they will be empty of data. In order to get the data back you'd need to a restore (assuming that you hadn't done a backup since removing the apps in which the removed apps data will no longer be in the backup), in which case any data that had changed in the apps since the backup would be lost.
  • hkenney Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you everybody! very helpful - very appreciated!!