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How to Avoid Accidental Deletion of Apps on iPhone/iPad

Have you deleted some apps on your iPhone/iPad by mistake? Sometimes we keep iPhones in our pockets without locking them and may delete the apps. Sometimes your kids might be the “villains.” Though you can reinstall any deleted app from AppStore, it will take a few minutes of your precious time.

Instead, you can prevent the accidental deletion of apps with a setting on Screen Time; let’s check it.

How to Block Deletion of Apps on iPhone Using ScreenTime

You must take some safety precautions if you share your iPhone/iPad with your kids. Last week, my kid accidentally deleted some apps from the home screen. I got frustrated and finally reinstalled the apps from AppStore. If you accidentally uninstall any apps, you can install those back for free from Apple Store.

Install Deleted Apps iOS

But the problem is that sometimes you don’t realize that you delete an important app from your iPhone unless you use it daily. Say the Bank or Credit Card apps. You may be looking at these every month, and you don’t realize if somebody deleted those apps until the end of the month.

iPhone App Delete Mode
iPhone App Delete Mode

Latest, I came across this useful setting on ScreenTime that blocks the deletion of apps, and I enabled that at once.

Let’s see how to avoid the accidental deletion of iPhone apps with this simple setting change.

  1. On your iPhone/iPad, go to Settings->ScreenTime.
iPhone Screen Time Settings
  1. Next, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions from the list of options shown on the new screen.
iPhone Content and Privacy Settings
  1. Here, in the new screen, if you have not enabled Content & Privacy Restrictions, do that by toggling the field to Green or On. You can skip this step if it is already enabled.
Content Privacy Restrictions Menu iPhone
  1. Then, tap iTunes & App Store Purchases located below the Privacy Restrictions screen.
iTunes App Store Settings iPhone
  1. From the list of options shown on the next screen, tap Deleting Apps and set the value of the field to Don’t Allow.
Deleting Apps Setting iPhone

Let’s say your kids or someone else accidentally tries to delete the app by long tapping on it from the Home screen. Now, you will see a pop-up with the option Remove App.

Pop Up Menu Long Tap Apps Home Screen iPhone

However, if you tap on the Remove App, you will not see the option Delete App at all. Instead, you will only see the option Remove from Home Screen.

Remove Apps Pop Up With Deletion Blocked iPhone

Without this ScreenTime setting, the Delete App option will be displayed if someone tries to remove an app.

Remove App Pop Up Screen iPhone

Now you can at least avoid this accidental deletion of apps. No need to worry about deleting the apps while you carry your iPhone in your pocket or play with kids.

As of now, this is the best solution to stop the accidental deletion of iPhone apps. Even if somebody tried to delete your iPhone app internally or accidentally, they wouldn’t be able to delete these apps from your iPhone without changing these settings back to normal.

FAQ

How do I stop apps from deleting on my iPad?

You need to enable Screen Time on your iPad and block the deletion of apps by navigating to Settings->ScreenTime->Content & Privacy Restrictions->iTunes & App Store Purchases->Deleting Apps.

How do I make an app Undeletable on my iPhone?

You cannot block a specific app from deletion on your iPhone. However, you can prevent the accidental deletion of any app by changing the Screen Time setting.

Is there any alternative solution?

When you keep your iPhone in your pocket, it may accidentally delete the apps from your iPhone. You can avoid this by locking the iPhone while keeping it in your pocket.

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