How to Offload Apps in iOS 11 to Free Storage

With the launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, every Apple product user was happy to see the minimum storage capacity of 32GB. But for a pro-user, this space is nothing. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a facility to use microSD card, and therefore, iPhone users have to face the problem of low storage space. Thankfully, in iOS 11, Apple rolled out a feature to offload apps in iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad to free storage.

What is Offloading Apps in iOS 11?

When you offload an app in your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, the app in question is deleted from your device. However, the documents and data of the app will not be removed, and therefore, when you reinstall that app, you can always use those documents and data related to the app. At the same time, this action will free up storage used by the app you offload. Want to try out this feature? Here, we have explained three methods to offload apps in iOS 11 to free storage.

How to Offload Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad to Free Storage

You can adopt two methods: either offload apps manually or let Apple use its intelligence and offload apps in iOS 11.

Offload Apps in iOS 11 (Manually)

Step #1: Launch Settings app on your iPhone.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Tap on General.

Tap on General

Step #3: Now tap on iPhone Storage.

Tap on iPhone Storage

Step #4: Here, you will see a list of default and downloaded apps on your iPhone. You need to tap on the app you frequently use.

Tap on Facebook App for instance

Step #5: Now tap on Offload App option.

Tap on Offload App

Step #6: An option of Offload App will swipe up from the bottom; tap on Offload App again to confirm your action.

To Confirm tap on Offload App

How to Offload Apps in iOS 11 Automatically from iTunes & App Store

If you want iOS 11 to use its intelligence to offload apps, follow the steps given below.

Step #1: Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App Store.

Tap on iTunes and App Store

Step #3: Here, you will find an option of Offload Unused Apps; simply toggle this option ON.

Toggle On Offload Unused App

How to Offload Apps in iOS 11 Automatically by Enabling Offload Unused Apps

Step #1: First off, launch Settings on your iPhone.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Scroll down and tap on General.

Tap on General

Step #3: Now tap on iPhone Storage.

Tap on iPhone Storage

Step #4: Next, enable Offload Unused Apps option instead of offloading individual apps from the list given.

Offload Unused Apps

How to Disable Offload Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad

We have noticed that once you enable Offload Unused Apps, you cannot disable this option from the same screen of iPhone Storage. To disable this Offload Unused Apps feature, you need to go to SettingsiTunes & App Store and toggle Offload Unused Apps option OFF.

Toggle Off Offload Unused App

That’s it! Offloading apps in iOS 11 is a welcome feature as users can free up storage on the basic version of iPhone (32GB). Now you need to perform any of the above methods regularly. We would recommend you do this once in a month so that you can make the most of your iPhone.

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