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iOS 13 brought both major and minor changes to the iPhone interface, and a lot of the things we’re used to seeing have confused places. So it can be hard to cross accustomed tasks, including the business of afterlight and deleting apps.

Here’s a fast way of using iOS 13‘s new tricks to both keep your apps adapted and delete from the same menu.

Find the app update menu

The update tab on the App Store has been confused off to make room for Apple Arcade. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make updates a little harder to find. Currently, it’s nested beneath your annual details, which you can find by borer your contour image in the top right of the App Store.


But there’s a shortcut, which you can find by long-pressing the App Store tile. On the older iOSes, this would make the apps start to do the brand wiggle which signaled you could move them about. In iOS 13, when you long-press an app, it brings up a menu with a few contextual options and widgets.

For the App Store, that menu includes options to jump to a list of purchased apps, redeem a code, or search for an app. It also has an update option, which is how you’ll jump anon to the list of app updates.


Also, if you’re wondering, the option “Rearrange Apps” which is on the menu for every app, will set the tiles fluctuant as usual.

Delete apps from the update menu

Once you get to the update menu, you’ll find a list of apps that have been afresh updated. As developers usually get out updates within a few days of a major iOS update, you’ll apparently find most apps listed there at the moment.

Should you want to delete an app, after using the now-old-fashioned method of long-pressing, and hitting the X on a fluctuant tile, you can do it easily from here. Find the app in the update menu, and then swipe to bring up the red “Delete” option. This will delete the app from your phone.


Notably, you can’t do this from the Purchased Apps menu — all a swipe will do there is give you the option to hide the app from that list. Since the wiggle-X method now takes a bit longer with the accession of the contextual menu hardly gumming up the works — and let’s face it, hunting down the one or two apps on seven screens you’d prefer to get rid of can be annoying — this is apparently the most acceptable method of deleting pesky, resource-heavy apps on your new system.