How to Deal with iPhone 12 that Cannot Delete or Update Apps

If you are trying to free up some space or would want to update the apps on your iPhone 12 but are not able to do so, we’ve got you covered through this post. What you will find below is essential information that should help in dealing with iPhone 12 that cannot delete or update apps. Read until the end to know more. 

How to Fix an iPhone 12 That’s Unable to Delete Apps or Update Apps

Being able to delete apps is an essential process on a device. It allows you to remove unwanted apps and clear some space on your phone’s memory. Updating apps is also important on the device as it will provide necessary fixes to reported bugs and improve the apps performance. 

However, there have been reports from iPhone 12 users where they can’t delete or update apps on their device. There’s some kind of software glitch that’s preventing the device from completing the task. And this is what the post will cater. The procedures provided below are meant to cure software-related issues that may have been causing iPhone 12 that cannot delete or update apps. 

First Solution: Reset your iPhone 12 

Our phone makes countless computations due to multiple tasks that are being thrown to it as we use the device. It needs to rest by resetting the device. Doing so allows a quick system refresh that it might need to resolve the issue with deleting apps or updating them. 

You have two ways on how to reset the device. Let’s try a soft reset: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once the Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Your second option is a force restart: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

After restarting the iPhone 12, attempt to delete or update an app to see if it pushes through. 

Second Solution: Check Restrictions on iPhone 12

iOS brings a feature that could restrict some processes on the device, including deleting apps. This option might have been enabled and causes the function to be blocked. To check if restrictions are set on your iPhone 12, follow these steps: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Screen Time
  3. Scroll down to and tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Select iTunes & App Store Purchases
  5. Navigate to the Installing Apps and Deleting Apps menu option then see if they are set to Allow. If it is set to Do Not Allow, just tap on the Allow option to enable them. This will enable apps updating features or deleting apps on your iPhone.

After ensuring that they have been enabled, try to delete or update the apps on your iPhone 12 to test if it is working fine this time. 

Third Solution: Reset Network Settings on the iPhone 12

One thing that could block the updating apps on your iPhone 12 is an invalid network settings. And the best possible way to rule this out is to revert all manually configured settings to their default values and options through a reset network settings procedure. Do not worry as this process will not affect your personal information. 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset Network Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm network settings reset.

Once the reset is done, check if you have a stable internet connection and attempt to update apps on your device via the App Store. 

Fourth Solution: Reset All Settings on your iPhone 12

If resetting the network settings only did not fix the issue, other manually configured settings might have been causing the issue on your iPhone 12. Resetting all settings procedures will also not affect your personal information, so creating backup won’t be necessary. 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

After the reset process, check out if you are able to delete apps or update apps on your iPhone 12. 

Fifth Solution: Restore your iPhone 12 via Recovery Mode

Restoring your iPhone 12’s iOS could be the answer if you are unable to delete apps or update them on the device. This procedure allows you to re-download the iOS software, which could override the current state, wherein bugs and glitches might have been affecting the phone’s performance and causes the issue to occur. 

To make this possible, prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone and it has a stable internet connection. If those are ready, connect your iPhone 12 to the computer and open iTunes program. Allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the backup is secured, follow these steps to put your iPhone 12 in recovery mode and then restore iOS in iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when the Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Do not disconnect your phone and keep it connected until the entire restore process is finished. Your phone will exit recovery mode if the download takes more than 15 minutes. If that happens, just repeat the steps to enter recovery mode again. 

Still Getting an iPhone 12 that Cannot Delete or Update Apps

If you are still unable to delete or update apps after restoring the device on iTunes, there might be a greater cause of the problem. It is recommended to report this matter to Apple support for official recommendations. Just inform them about the steps that you have attempted to fix the iPhone 12 that cannot delete or update apps. 

If it is possible, you can also visit the nearest Apple service center in your area and have the device checked by an Apple personnel through their genius bar. 

Also Read: How to Fix iPhone 12 That Cannot Make Phone Calls

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