How to Disable Offload Unused Apps on iPhone

iOS 11 has already started rolling-out worldwide. If you have iPhone 5S or later models, there is a high chance that you have already updated to iOS 11.

In case you have not updated to iOS 11, I am sure there might be an update waiting for you.

You can check for new updates on your iPhone by going into your iPhone Settings >> General >> Software Update.

Go ahead. Download the update and install it, if you haven’t already.

With iOS 11, Apple brought various improvements to the iOS like the revamped Control Centre and Files App.

iPhone users also witnessed a bunch of small features and changes which were rarely highlighted by the experts.

And one such feature is Offload Unused Apps.

To know What is Offloading and How to enable automatic Offloading of Unused Apps, you can read this article.

In short, when you offload an app on iPhone, the app gets removed but all the data and documents related to that stays on your iPhone.

When you reinstall that app, it would work like you never ever removed it.

This feature comes in very handy if you are looking to free up storage space on your iPhone and can’t decide what to do.

When you enable offload unused apps, all those apps which you never used or very rarely used will be removed automatically. (Although the app icon will still be there on the home screen.)

Automatic Offloading might not be the thing for you as there are apps which you rarely use but it is important and you might want it on your device at all times. Safe and Sound.

If you are facing a similar situation, you might want to disable automatic offloading apps on iPhone, right?

You are at the right place. In this article, you’ll learn how to disable offload unused apps on iPhone.

This method works on iPhones as well as iPads.

Shall we begin?

How to Disable Offload Unused Apps on


While there are two different ways to enable offloading, there’s only one way by which you can disable offload unused apps on iPhone. And this won’t even take more than a few seconds.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Jump into your iPhone’s Settings.
  • Scroll down a bit and you’ll find iTunes & App Stores. Tap on it.
  • Sitting right at the bottom will be an option called Offload Unused Apps. Turn it Off.

how to disable offload unused apps on iphone

That’s it. Easy, right? It took me just 5 seconds.

The above method will only disable automatic offloading of apps. In case, you’ve manually Offloaded an app, then you’ll have to go through a bit different process.

You’ll have to reinstall the app which you offloaded.

To reinstall it, find the app, which you offloaded, on your home screen. (Look for the app which has a GET symbol before the name of the app on the home screen.) Tap on the app icon, provide your Apple ID Password and hit OK. The reinstalling will begin.

Disable offloading of apps

Alternatively, you can go into your iPhone’s Settings >> General >> iPhone Storage. There, from the app list, look for the app, tap on it and then tap on Reinstall App. Provide your Apple ID Password and hit OK.

reinstall an app after offloading it on iPhone iOS 11

So there you have it guys! Were you able to disable offload unused apps on iPhone? Do you like this little feature? Let me know in the comments and also in case you are having any issue regarding offloading, you can get in touch with me through comments!

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    • Thanks, for some reason my phone offloaded a app I used yesterday so I decided to turn offloading off but… I didn’t know how

      Thanks for the help!!

  1. OMG Thank you. I’ve been trying to find out how to do this for ages. I’ve been looking in Storage settings instead of iTunes and AppStore.

  2. I was hoping to find a way to prevent certain apps from being offloaded. E.g. Stocard, which stores loyalty cards. I don’t use it a lot, but to find it offloaded when needed at a store, is very annoying. So I want to make exceptions to not offload any app.

  3. Thank you! I may never need the First Aid app I got from the Red Cross, but when I do I’m sure I’ll be far from a WiFi connection for my iPod Touch.

  4. Offloading an app is such a stupid feature… a much better way to free up space on a phone is to add a way to delete the cache of an app without having to remove and reinstall the app completely.

  5. Hello, thank you for this very useful article, my Iphone has even started to offload apps which I use daily, I don’t know what’s going on.


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