Save Storage Space by Automatically Offloading Unused Apps

If you use apps and take a lot of pictures and video, you may find the your iPhone storage becomes depleted.  This will prevent you from taking pictures, installing new apps and even upgrading your IOS software.

There is a new capability in IOS 11 that will automatically offload apps that are unused and restore the storage that they use.  Best of all it is easy and will happen automatically once setup.


Here are the steps to perform this automatic offloading:

  1. Launch the Setting app.

  1. In the Settings app, scroll down and tap General and iPhone Storage.  The screen to the right appears.
  2. Tap Enable for Offload Unused Apps
  3. The Check mark next to the setting identifies that the feature is turned on.  

Feature On

This setting will remove the apps that you don’t use but will leave the data/document associated with the app.  If you need to use the app later, you can search for the app using Search (See Nugget N-3)  and your iPhone will reinstall the app with the following message.

Reinstall Offloaded Apps



No Setup necessary


Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe: – Remove unused apps in iOS 11 without losing your data

Senior Tech Club Recipe #123 – How to manage Storage on the iPhone.

Senior Tech Club Recipe #404 – How to use iCloud to Expand and Optimize Storage