How to Stop Apps From Disappearing on Your iPhone or iPad
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If you’ve thought an app disappeared from your iPhone or iPad without warning, you’re not going crazy. One of iOS 11’s new tricks A Complete Beginner's Guide to iOS 11 for iPhone & iPad A Complete Beginner's Guide to iOS 11 for iPhone & iPad Here's everything you need to know to get started with iOS 11. Read More is called Offload Unused Apps. It’s designed to help you save space on your device, but if it runs without you knowing, it’s quite a surprise. Here’s how to see if your iPhone is removing apps without you doing so.

How to Stop iPhone Apps From Disappearing

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap iTunes & App Store.
  3. Near the bottom of the list, you should see an Offload Unused Apps slider.
  4. If it’s enabled, and you don’t want your phone to remove apps on its own, disable it.
  5. Now apps will remain on your device until you remove them.

The description for this feature explains that it will:

“Automatically remove unused apps, but keep all documents and data. Reinstalling the app will place back your data, if the app is still available from the App Store.”

Thus, we can see that this doesn’t remove the data on your phone from apps, but just the app file itself. Reinstalling an app will re-enable access to your data. In the rare chance that an app disappears from the App Store, you won’t be able to use it again.

Apple doesn’t have a help page on this feature, so its exact workings are unknown (though we’ve explained more about offloading apps if you’re interested). Offload Unused Apps should be turned off by default, but it seems that iOS may turn it on when you run low on space.

It’s a good idea to remove apps you rarely use anyway, as they’re only taking up space. But if you can’t bear to part with any apps, follow our tips for freeing up space on your iPhone iPhone Storage Full? How to Create Free Space on iOS iPhone Storage Full? How to Create Free Space on iOS The best way to maximize your available iPhone storage space is to buy the biggest device you can afford. Too late for that? Here's how to create free space on your iOS device. Read More . This shouldn’t be a problem for those with lots of storage.

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  1. Jeff
    April 24, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Keep in mind that the icon for the removed apps stay on your screen. So when you tap an icon, it reinstalls the app instead of running it.