A Quick Guide to Deleting Apps on Apple TV

Apple TV is a versatile entertainment hub, providing access to a variety of apps and content. Over time, you may find that some apps are no longer needed or have become redundant. If you’re wondering how to declutter your Apple TV by deleting unwanted apps, this guide will walk you through the straightforward process.

Method 1: Using the Siri Remote

The Siri Remote is one of the primary control methods for Apple TV, and you can easily delete apps with it. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the App Icon: Using the touch-sensitive surface of the Siri Remote, navigate to the app icon you want to delete. It should be highlighted.
  2. Press and Hold the Touch Surface: On the highlighted app icon, press and hold the touch surface (the top part of the remote) until the icons on the screen start jiggling.
  3. Access the Delete Option: Once the icons are jiggling, an “X” will appear on the top-left corner of the app icon. This signifies that the app can be deleted.
  4. Select Delete: To delete the app, press the touch surface one more time while the “X” is visible. This will prompt a confirmation dialog.
  5. Confirm Deletion: In the confirmation dialog, select “Delete” to confirm the removal of the app. The app will be deleted from your Apple TV.
  6. Exit Edit Mode: After deleting the app, press the “Menu” button on the Siri Remote to exit the edit (jiggle) mode.

Method 2: Using the Apple TV Settings

If you prefer to delete apps through the Apple TV settings, you can follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to “Settings”: From the Apple TV home screen, scroll down and select “Settings.”
  2. Select “Apps”: Within the Settings menu, scroll down and choose the “Apps” option.
  3. Manage Installed Apps: Under the Apps menu, you’ll find a list of installed apps. Select the app you want to delete.
  4. Delete the App: In the app’s settings, you will see an option to delete it. Click on this option to initiate the removal process.
  5. Confirm Deletion: A confirmation prompt will appear. Select “Delete” to confirm.

Method 3: Using the App Library on Apple TV (tvOS 15 and later)

With tvOS 15 and later, Apple introduced an App Library feature, making it even more convenient to manage your apps:

  1. Go to the App Library: On the Apple TV home screen, scroll to the top and select the “App Library” option.
  2. Navigate to the App: Locate the app you want to delete in the App Library.
  3. Press and Hold the Touch Surface: Once you’ve highlighted the app, press and hold the touch surface on your Siri Remote.
  4. Access the Delete Option: Just like in Method 1, the app icons will start jiggling, and an “X” will appear on the app icon.
  5. Select Delete: Press the touch surface again while the “X” is visible to confirm the deletion.
  6. Exit Edit Mode: After deletion, press the “Menu” button to exit the edit mode.


Cleaning up your Apple TV by deleting unnecessary apps is a straightforward process, whether you use the Siri Remote or the settings menu. Regularly managing your installed apps can help free up storage space and keep your Apple TV organized and clutter-free.

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