How to enable and use Offload Unused Apps feature in iOS 11

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iOS 11 is not a significant software update to the operating system like its predecessor. However, it introduces a lot of handy things that help what you do most much better and quicker. One such thing is Offload Unused Apps.

As the name suggests, the feature automatically deletes old apps that you have not used for a long time on your iPhone or iPad, with the app data remaining intact. Offload Unused Apps removes apps based on how many times you have been using them on your device, so your favorite apps are pretty safe.

In this article, we will show you how to enable and use Offload Unused Apps on iPhone or iPad. Before we dive in, note that Offload Unused Apps feature is only available in iOS 11, so make sure that you are now running iOS 11 beta.

How to enable and use Offload Unused Apps feature in iOS 11

  1. How to turn on Offload Unused Apps feature in iOS 11

Offload Unused Apps feature is a great addition to iOS, but it is not enabled by default. Fortunately, the process that can be used to enable the feature is pretty simple. If you need help, make sure that you check out our steps below.

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Settings app from your home screen and then tap on General to proceed

Step two: Scroll down a little bit and hit iPhone Storage. After that, you simply need to tap on Enable to the right of the Offload Unused Apps option. (If you don’t see the option, head to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn on the switch for Offload Unused Apps at the bottom).

Once you have successfully enabled the feature, it will automatically scan for all old apps that are not in use for a long time and then delete them.

Note that you will still see the app icon on the home screen even if it is deleted. To use that app, you need to re-download it by tapping on a tiny download button under the app icon.

  1. How to offload apps manually in iOS 11

Offload Unused Apps feature is completely automatic, but you can easily take control of it. iOS 11 comes with an option to manually offload apps that you have not used for a long time.

Step one: Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad and then hit General to proceed

Step two: Once you are done, select iPhone Storage and you will see a list of all apps that are using your iPhone’s storage

Step three: Select an app and tap on it. After that, hit Offload Apps and tap on Offload Apps again to confirm your action.

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