How Do I Stop Deleted Apps From Syncing On iPhone? The Fix!

It’s like the plot of a bad horror movie: You get rid of your apps, but no matter how many times you do it, your iPhone keeps downloading deleted apps. You don’t want them anymore. You don’t need them anymore. In this article, I’ll show you how to stop deleted apps from syncing on your iPhone.

Why Do My Deleted Apps Keep Coming Back?

Your apps will reinstall when you connect your iPhone to iTunes on a computer because your iPhone ends up syncing to an old version of your iTunes library. In order to stop deleted apps from updating, syncing to your iPhone, and constantly coming back, there are a few things that you need to do:

1. Delete Your Reinstalled App

The first thing you need to do to stop a deleted app from syncing is to delete the offending app. Press your finger on the app, wait until it is shaking, and then tap on the white “x” on the upper left hand corner of the icon. Keep in mind that you have only deleted the local copy of the app. Now we can move onto the next step in getting that deleted app to not sync.

2. Stop Your Deleted Apps From Syncing When You Plug In Your iPhone

itunes-menuIn this step, we’re going to uncheck the automatic apps sync option in iTunes on the computer that you use to sync your iPhone.

  1. Plug you iPhone, iPod or iPad into your computer running iTunes
  2. Click on the iTunes menu. You can find it in the upper left hand corner of the screen
  3. Click on Preferences
  4. Choose the Devices tab.
  5. Check the box next to the words Prevent iPhones, iPods and iPads from syncing automatically.

Turning off the automatically syncing options means that you now have the power to select only what you want to sync, and you can stop deleted apps from updating automatically.

3. My Deleted Apps Are Still On My iPhone, iPad or iPod!

The final last step you may need to take in order to stop deleted apps from syncing and updating on your iPhone is one the iPhone itself.

On your iPhone’s main screen, tap on the Settings -> iTunes and App Store -> Automatic Downloads and make sure the slider on the right side of Apps is turned off. If it’s green, it’s on — so make sure Apps is gray like the picture below.swipe-to-turn-off

Deleted Apps: No Longer Syncing, Gone Forever!

That app you downloaded six months ago doesn’t have to be an annoyance every time you want to sync your iPhone with iTunes on your computer. Let us know about any app hauntings in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to help.

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Katie Gatto's work focuses primarily on writing about technology. She has previously written for sites such as Developer Shed, MSNBC and others. She also teaches computer science and information technology courses on the college level.

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1 year ago

I downloaded three apps on my personal phone from my work which were optional. Edge, Outlook, and Authenticator. When downloading it required me to change my passcode from 4 digits to 8 Alphanumeric. I have since deleted the apps from the Home page and have followed the three steps above. My phone is now suck with an 8 digit numeric passcode.

However I cannot change Seri to work when my phone is locked. This option is grayed out

Any help here?

6 years ago

Did not work

6 years ago

Will the apps that reappear be in chronological order or will the app be the first one on the list of apps?

1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I actually found the issue, but do not remember exactly where it was. there was some enterprise or corporate security still installed on the phone that continued to try an make these updates. I was able to delete the item and now the phone is back to normal. I think perhaps it was under General VPN and Device Management was trying to enforce security.

Thanks for reaching out.