Stop Accidentally deleting apps from your iPhone

If you’re like me, you don’t install many apps and you delete them even more rarely. But sometimes, like me, you might absent-mindedly hold your phone in your hand or pocket while it is on and your palm starts doing all sorts of crazy things.

Once I was talking to someone and briefly looked at my phone to see a confirmation asking me if I was sure I wanted to delete my mail app (one of my most frequently used apps on my phone)!

However, you can turn off the ability to delete apps with restrictions on your phone. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Deleting Apps and turn that off. If you’ve never used restrictions before, you’ll be asked to set up a new pin. This is a different pin from your lock code, so don’t get them confused.

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Now when you leave this menu you will not be able to delete apps at all. If you want to delete an app, come back into this menu and turn this setting back on.

There are a lot of other useful things you can do in restrictions like restrict content on the web or location services, yadda, yadda, yadda. Useful if you have young’uns that have their own phones. If that’s the case, your poor parenting might be the subject of a future┬ápost.