How to Prevent Apps from Being Deleted on Your iPhone

Managing app deletions on your iPhone is crucial to prevent accidental removal of important applications. Whether you’re a parent looking to control your child’s app usage or just want to avoid mistakenly deleting apps, iOS provides several methods to lock down app deletion. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Using Screen Time to Disable App Deletion

Screen Time is a powerful tool introduced by Apple to help manage device usage. It also includes options to restrict app deletions.


  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. If Screen Time is not enabled, tap Turn On Screen Time and follow the setup instructions.
  4. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  5. Enter your Screen Time passcode if prompted.
  6. Toggle Content & Privacy Restrictions to ON.
  7. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  8. Select Deleting Apps and set it to Don’t Allow.

By setting these restrictions, you ensure that no one can delete apps from your device without your permission.

2. Restricting App Deletion on iOS 11 and Earlier

For users with iPhones running iOS 11 or earlier versions, the process involves using the Restrictions feature.


  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Restrictions.
  4. If you haven’t enabled Restrictions, tap Enable Restrictions and set a passcode.
  5. Toggle Deleting Apps to OFF.

This setting will effectively prevent apps from being deleted on your iPhone.

3. Enabling Guided Access

Guided Access is another useful feature, especially for locking the device to a single app and preventing access to other functionalities, including app deletion.


  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down and tap Guided Access.
  4. Toggle Guided Access to ON.
  5. Tap Passcode Settings and set a passcode.
  6. Open the app you want to keep running.
  7. Triple-click the Home button (or Side button on iPhones without a Home button) to start Guided Access.
  8. Tap Options and disable features as needed.

With Guided Access enabled, the iPhone is locked to a single app, making it impossible to delete other apps without exiting Guided Access.


These methods offer a robust way to manage and prevent the deletion of apps on your iPhone. Whether through Screen Time, Restrictions on older iOS versions, or Guided Access, Apple provides effective tools to help you maintain control over your device’s app management.

Implementing these steps will ensure that your essential applications remain safe and prevent any accidental or unauthorized deletions.