How to Work with Apps on Your iPad

Most of what you need to know about apps involves simply installing third-party apps on your iPad. However, you might find it helpful to know how to delete and review an app.

Deleting an app on your iPad

The preinstalled apps that came on your iPad can’t be removed, but you have two ways to delete any other app: in iTunes on your computer or directly from your iPad.

You can, however, hide certain preinstalled apps by choosing Settings→General→Restrictions.

To delete an app in iTunes (that is, from your computer), choose Apps from the Library pop-up menu or select Apps in the sidebar and then do one of the following:

  • Click the app to select it and press the Delete or Backspace key on the keyboard.

  • Click the app to select it and then choose Edit→Delete.

  • Right-click the app and choose Delete.

After taking any of the actions in this list, you see a dialog that asks whether you’re sure that you want to remove the selected app. If you click the Remove button, the app is removed from your iTunes Library as well as from any iPad that syncs with your iTunes Library.

Here’s how to delete an app on your iPad:

  1. Press and hold any icon until all the icons begin to wiggle.

  2. Tap the little x in the upper-left corner of the app that you want to delete.

    A dialog appears, informing you that deleting this app also deletes all its data.

  3. Tap the Delete button.

    You can’t delete any of the bundled apps that came with your iPad.

  4. To stop the icons from wiggling, press the Home or Sleep/Wake button.


You also make icons wiggle to move them around on the screen or move them from page to page. To rearrange wiggling icons, press and drag them one at a time. If you drag an icon to the left or right edge of the screen, it moves to the next or previous Home screen.

You can also drag two additional icons to the Dock (where Safari, Mail, Photos, and Music live) and have a total of six apps available from every Home screen.

Friendly reminder: Rearranging your icons in iTunes is faster and easier than making them wiggle and move on the iPad.

Writing an iPad app review

Sometimes you love or hate an app so much that you want to tell the world about it. In that case, you should write a review. You can do this in two ways: in iTunes on your computer or directly from your iPad.

To write a review using iTunes on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the detail page for the app in the iTunes App Store.

  2. Click the Ratings and Reviews tab and then click the Write a Review button.

    You may or may not have to type your iTunes Store password.

  3. Click the button for the star rating (1 to 5) you want to give the app.

  4. In the Title field, type a title for your review, and in the Review field, type your review.

  5. Click the Submit button when you’re finished.

    The Preview screen appears. If the review looks good to you, you’re done. If you want to change something, click the Edit button.

To write a review from your iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the App Store icon to launch the App Store.

  2. Navigate to the detail screen for the app.

  3. Scroll down the page and tap the Write a Review link.

    You probably have to type your iTunes Store password.

  4. Tap one to five of the stars at the top of the Write a Review screen to rate the app.

  5. In the Title field, type a title for your review, and in the Review field, type your review.

  6. Tap the Submit button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Whichever way you submit your review, Apple reviews your submission. As long as the review doesn’t violate the (unpublished) rules of conduct for app reviews, it appears in a day or two in the App Store, in the Reviews section for the particular app.