Apple iOS deleted apps reappear, keeps coming back or keeps reinstalling even if you have deleted them previously from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Here is how to fix this.

It seems Apple iTunes App Store having problem for users with iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Symptoms: User deletes purchased or free app from their own iPhone, iPad or iPod touch but after few minutes same apps reinstalls / reappear on home screen.

Assumption: I assume your iOS device is connected to the internet.

First things first: Backup your iOS device using iTunes on your Macintosh.


Solution 01: This solution will work 100% of the time.

Step 01: Let deleted app reinstall or reappear again.

Step 02: Now on your iOS device go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Tap on your Apple ID > Select Sign Out

Step 03: After 1 minute sign in using same ID to ‘iTunes & App Store’

Step 04: Your problem should have been gone by now.


Solution 02: Read this post completely & follow solutions given as per your requirement… Here is how to fix if you are unable to update apps or install new apps from Apple AppStore on your iOS device including iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

Hope it solves your problem.

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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  1. Mandar-
    I have the DirecTV app on my iPad (and iPhone also, but there is no problem with that). I had a problem with the app, so I deleted it. The problem is that it comes back (reinstalls) as “Navigator” (I discovered this is an AT&T app. AT&T owns DirecTV). If I sign out of iTunes as you note above, I can delete “Navigator”. The DirecTV app was also deleted and when I search for it, I verify it is indeed off of the iPad, however, it is listed as an “available update” in the app store “updates” section! (meaning it somehow resides on my iPad). Apparently these AT&T apps use the same platform and there’s some kind of code anomaly. I try a hard-reset, turn off the iPad (all while signed out of iTunes), etc., but no solution! What’s more is the app does not show up at all when the iPad is connected to my laptop iTunes! Really freaky! So how do I get rid of this app without a full restore? I’m thinking this is my last choice. This stupid app is somehow “imbedded” on my iPad!

  2. My wife’s iPhone 6 she deleted several apps they don’t come back on home screen but are still in usage and when delete them there they come straight back taking up all her storage to the point she can’t upgrade any thoughts please email

  3. Same. Have an app that keeps reappearing after I delete it. When I check Useage it is always there so it never really gets deleted. Signing out of iTunes and App Store made absolutely no difference, not surprisingly.

    1. Please let me know, did you eventually find a solution? I’m having the same problem.

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