How to Enable Automatic Offloading of Unused Apps on iPhone 13

This post will walk you through activating the iOS feature that automatically offloads idle applications to clear up some space of the internal storage. Here’s a quick guide to enable automatic offloading of unused apps on iPhone 13.

iOS 15 Offload Unused Apps

Offload unused apps is an iOS feature that’s aimed at keeping the system storage optimized and free from any unused services.

When enabled, unused apps are automatically removed when the phone detects that that storage is running low. All data and documents relevant to the offloaded applications won’t be deleted so you’d still be able to retrieve and use them again when you redownload the app from the App Store.

Enabling the Offload Unused Apps feature can help you save time and effort from manually deleting unused applications as it can work in the background to recover storage space while keeping the app data and documents backed up. 

With this setting, you can ensure that your iPhone always has enough space for your next downloads.

Feel free to refer to the outlined steps below if you’re not yet familiar with the process.

Steps to enable automatic offloading of unused apps on iPhone 13

Performing these steps will free up space from your iPhone storage by automatically deleting unused applications. This procedure is also applicable when automatically offloading unused apps on other iOS devices running on the same software version with that of the iPhone 13 series.

Actual screens and menu items may vary between device models and wireless carriers and thus the user interface may likewise appear to be slightly different.

Make sure that your iPhone is running on the latest iOS version to ensure that all the menu options are available.

Once you’ve got everything set, you may go ahead and proceed with these steps.

Step 1: From the Home screen, tap Settings to launch and access the iOS settings app menu.

Step 2: While in the settings app menu, scroll to find and then tap General. Another menu opens with a list of iOS settings for general management.

Step 3: Find and then tap iPhone Storage. More storage details will load up on the next screen.

Step 4: Find Offload Unused Apps then tap Enable next to it.

A checkmark will appear next to Offload Unused Apps, an indication that the feature is turned on or activated. 

Should you wish to change this preference, just access the App Store settings. For starters, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app menu.

Step 2: In the settings menu, scroll to find and then tap App Store. The App Store settings menu will load up next.

Step 3: Find and then tap the Offload Unused Apps switch ON or OFF accordingly.

Turning the switch On will prompt the device to offload all unused apps when the storage is low. 

Manually Offloading Individual Applications

The above procedure applies to all unused applications on the iPhone. If you don’t want your device to automatically delete unused apps, then you can just manually offload individual apps instead.

Most applications, particularly downloaded apps and some pre-installed services listed under the iPhone storage, have a dedicated offloading (Offload app) command. 

Triggering this command will free up storage space used by the application while keeping its data and documents. Reinstalling the app will likewise retrieve all relevant data for as long as the app is still available on the App Store.

The Offload App command can likewise be activated when dealing with in-app problems, particularly performance issues such as random to frequent app crashes, lags, freezes, and loading errors.

  • To access this command, just head over to your iPhone Settings-> General-> iPhone Storage menu and then select the app that you’d like to offload. In the selected app’s menu, you’ll see the Offload app and Delete app buttons. 
  • Tap Offload app twice to remove the app from the phone without deleting relevant data and documents.

To permanently delete or uninstall the app along with its accumulated data and documents, tap the Delete app button instead.



And that’s how to automatically remove apps using the built-in offload unused apps command on the iPhone 13 and other iOS 15 devices.

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