You’ve probably come across a feature on your iPhone or iPad called Offload Unused App. You may have come across this feature in the settings app when you were trying to clear up some storage.

What Does Offload Unused Apps Mean?

Offloading basically means to take something off something else. With that in mind, offloading apps on your device means that your iPhone or iPad is going to delete the app from your device, but it’s going to leave all the data stored.

When you offload an unused app, the app is going to have a cloud icon beneath it so that you know it can’t be accessed until you reinstall it. For example, if you decided to offload an app such as Instagram, your iPhone is going to delete it but it will keep the data stored on your device.

When you decide to install the app again, you’ll still be logged into Instagram and all of your data will still be there. Here’s another example, if you decide to offload Snapchat, your iPhone or iPad is going to delete Snapchat, but it will still keep all the data stored.

Once you reinstall Snapchat again, you’re still going to be logged into the app and everything will remain how it was.

Which Apps can you Offload

The word ‘offload’ is the part where the app is being deleted from your device but it’s data remains there until you install it. The term unused in the phrase ‘offload unused app’ is the sort of apps that are offloaded if you enable this setting.

Your iPhone or iPad can detect when you haven’t used an app for a while so if you had this setting enabled, the apps that haven’t been used for a while will be the ones that are offloaded.

This is because your iPhone thinks that you no longer think this app is relevant or useful anymore.

How do you Offload Unused Apps

To offload apps, you’ll need to access the settings app and from there, you can choose which apps you want to offload or you can just turn it on and let phone detect apps that are unused.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Tap on the General settings
  3. Go to iPhone Storage and under the recommendation settings, tap ‘Enable’

This is what you want to do if you want your iPhone to detect apps that aren’t used frequently, then offload them automatically. If you know the apps you don’t use often, you can offload them separately. You can do this in the same place but you’ll need to scroll down to view all the apps that are installed.

You then want to tap on the specific app that you want to offload, then tap ‘Offload App’.

This is going to offload that app specifically and when you go to your home screen, you’ll see that the app has a cloud icon beneath it.

How to Reinstall Offloaded Apps

If you found that your iPhone or iPad has automatically offloaded an unused app because you didn’t use it for a few days, you can install the app again if you want to use it. You may have done this yourself, but you’ve now realized that you actually need it.

You’ll need to locate the offloaded app before you can actually use it. If the app is offloaded, you’ll see a cloud icon beneath the app from your home screen.

To reinstall it:

  1. Tap on the app
  2. You’ll see a circular bar which shows how much of the app has been installed
  3. This can take a while so be patient

To offload an app in the settings:

  1. You can go to General
  2. Tap on iPhone Storage
  3. Go to the app that you offloaded
  4. Tap on ‘Reinstall App’

This is going to install the app that was offloaded. If you now need this app a lot more, you can turn off offload unused apps in the iPhone storage settings.

How to Make Storage Space By Offloading Unused Apps

As you may know, the biggest advantage that comes with offloading unused apps is the amount of storage space you can make. If you’re running low on storage, offloading unused apps will make a lot more storage for you.

It’s one of the easiest ways you can make storage and you don’t really lose anything from doing it. The only negative you can gain from doing it is that you can’t use the app while it’s offloaded.

You may be wondering how much storage space you can make by offloading unused apps. To do this:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on iPhone Storage

Once you’re here, you’ll see in the Recommended section that it’ll tell you how much you can save just by offloading unused apps.

The more apps you have, the more storage you’ll be able to save just by offloading apps that you don’t use.