Gotechtor select and review products independently. When you purchase through our links, we may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

7 iPhone Apps You Didn’t Realize You Can Delete (Because They’re Hogging Storage)

Updated on

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

Gotechtor's Editorial Guidelines

The App Store is a vast marketplace filled with many apps that can enhance your iPhone experience.

However, not every app is worth downloading; some may even pose security and privacy risks.

In this article, we’ll explore 7 types of apps you don’t need on your iPhone and discuss how you can use your iPhone’s built-in features to perform these tasks more efficiently.

1. QR Code Readers

QR code readers are handy for scanning codes, but your iPhone’s camera app can do this without needing a third-party app.

Open your iPhone’s camera app, point it at the QR code, and let the device scan it.

scan QR code with iPhone camera

You will see a notification in the viewfinder; tapping it will take you to the website. If the QR code does not appear, go to Settings > Camera > Scan QR Codes and turn it on.

2. Document Scanners

Document scanners are valuable for digitizing physical documents, but using a dedicated scanner app is unnecessary when your iPhone can handle the job.

The Notes or Files app allows you to scan documents easily. Here’s how for each app.

Open the Notes app, tap the pencil at the bottom right, tap the camera icon, and choose “Scan Documents” from the dropdown menu.

scan document with notes app

For the Files app, open the app, tap the three buttons at the top right corner of the screen, and select “Scan Documents” from the pop-up menu.

scan documents with files app

In both cases, your iPhone will automatically scan the document, providing a digital copy you can share via email or other apps.

3. Signature Apps

In the era of digital signatures, using third-party apps for signing documents might seem necessary. However, your iPhone has a built-in Markup tool that makes these apps redundant.

sign pdf document on iPhone

After scanning a document using the Notes or Files app, tap the Share icon, select Markup, and tap on the plus (+) icon. Select Signature from the popup menu and use your finger to sign on the screen.

This eliminates the need for additional apps and streamlines the signing of digital documents.

4. Password Managers

Keeping track of and managing multiple passwords for several accounts can be challenging, which is why many iPhone users rely on third-party password manager apps.

However, your iPhone offers a robust built-in solution called iCloud Keychain. This secure tool stores passwords and sensitive data and synchronizes them across all your Apple devices.

To enable iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Select iCloud.
  4. Scroll down, tap on Keychain, and toggle the switch on.
activate iCloud Keychain

You can add or view your saved passwords by going to Settings > Passwords. You’ll need to authenticate yourself via Touch ID or Face ID for access entry.

Enabling iCloud Keychain in Settings provides a convenient and secure way to manage passwords without relying on external password manager apps.

5. Automation Apps

Full-featured automation apps like IFTTT or Zapier may seem appealing, but the built-in Shortcuts app on the iPhone is more than sufficient for most users.

The Shortcuts app allows you to automate various tasks on your iPhone, such as sending messages or playing music, without needing external apps.

Creating shortcuts is easy and provides a tailored automation experience that aligns with your needs. For a step-by-step guide, here’s how to create iPhone Shortcuts.

6. Battery-Saving Apps

Battery-saving apps for iPhones are often less effective than you might expect. The reason is that iOS is designed to manage battery consumption efficiently.

Apple’s operating system has built-in features, such as Low Power Mode and background app refresh controls, that optimize battery life.

Third-party battery-saving apps may promise improvements, but the restrictions imposed by iOS limit them, and in some cases, they may even drain the battery faster.

That’s why you should rely on your iPhone battery-saving features instead of downloading battery-saver apps.

7. Third Party Weather Apps

For a long time, iPhone users preferred to download third-party weather apps because Apple’s default option was a barebone weather app that left much to be desired.

However, that’s no longer the case, as Apple acquired Dark Sky, a popular choice for iPhone and Android users.

They then integrated the best features of Dark Sky into their built-in Weather app. This significant upgrade makes it so powerful that you likely no longer need a separate weather app.

Now is the time to consider uninstalling any third-party weather apps you currently have and giving Apple’s built-in Weather app another chance.

Final Thoughts on Apps That You Don’t Need on Your iPhone

As you can see, your iPhone is a powerful tool that can do many things you probably didn’t know.

Forget about downloading unnecessary apps—your iPhone’s built-in tools can help you with everything from scanning documents to saving battery life.

So, stick to the basics, avoid confusing third-party apps, and let your iPhone do the job with simplicity and security.

Please use the comment section below for any questions you may have.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

Herby Jasmin

's latest stories

5 thoughts on “7 iPhone Apps You Didn’t Realize You Can Delete (Because They’re Hogging Storage)”

  1. Ty for all this help. I feel lost trying to use my iPhone apps at times. And I don’t use many, now thanks to your help I’m more confident with these new abilities. Ty you so very much.

    Reply
    • Hi Lois,
      You’re welcome! I’m thrilled to hear that you found the information helpful and that you’re feeling more confident using your iPhone apps now. If you ever have more questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out.

      Reply
  2. So happy to have stumbled upon your site Herby. I’ve recently got an IPhone and I’m trying to navigate my way around all of its features. I’ll be back for more of your invaluable advice. You make it all so simple!

    Reply
    • Hi Fiona, Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m delighted to hear that you found my advice helpful in navigating your new iPhone. Feel free to come back anytime if you have more questions or need further guidance.

      Reply
  3. Re your suggestion to use notes and files for scanning versus a third party app. First, on my notes app, running iOS 17.3.1, unless I am missing it somewhere, somehow, there is no option for scanning documents or signature or anything else as shown in your example above when I tap the pencil. Second, even if there was, from what I see, it would only save it as a photo and not provide the versatility of a PDF such as what I get when I use one of my favorite apps, Genius Scan. And if all you’re going to get by following your suggestion is a photo, why not just skip the notes or files part of it and just take a photo?

    Otherwise, thanks for a good, interesting and useful article.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Be kind. Ask questions. Discriminatory language, personal attacks, promotion, and spam will be removed. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.