Have you noticed apps disappearing from your iPhone or iPad? There might be a simple explanation to what’s going on, a new feature that automatically offloads unused apps from your iOS devices. Follow along for how to turn this feature off.
Apple introduced the Offload Unused Apps feature with iOS 11 to help users with limited iPhone storage. All in all, it’s a useful addition, but if it’s on accidentally or without your knowledge, it can make for a frustrating experience.
While it seems that the feature is off by default, we’ve heard from a few users that they found it turned on without them manually doing so. The app is deleted but not removed from your Home screen. It simply shows a cloud icon next to the name, indicating that it has been removed. There’s a chance iOS 11 could enable this feature automatically on lower storage size iPhones and iPads like 16GB models. However, there’s no official Apple Support document on it for now.
Here’s how to check if this feature is turned on and how to turn it off.
- Head to Settings
- Swipe down and tap on iTunes & App Store
- Swipe down if needed and look for Offload Unused Apps
- Turn this feature off if you’d like to keep all of your apps permanently
Here is the description of the feature works:
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.
For more ideas on how to save storage space without using this feature, check out our post here. For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles: