Have you noticed that some applications disappearing from your iPhone or iPad? There is a simple explanation for what is happening. A new iOS feature that automatically unloads unused applications from your devices. Now I will tell you how to disable this feature.

Apple introduced the feature of unloading unused applications with iOS 11 to help users with limited storage on the iPhone. In general, this is a useful addition, but if it happened by accident or without your knowledge, it can be unpleasant.

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With the installation of iOS 11, this feature is turned off by default, but there are users on the forums who claim that it is enabled without them knowing. With this function, applications are deleted from the device, but not deleted from the main screen, only the icon remains. It simply displays a cloud icon next to the name, indicating that it has been downloaded from the device.

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There is a possibility that on iOS 11 this feature may be turned on automatically when an iOS device has to work with a small amount of memory. However, at the moment there is no official document from Apple support. Here’s how to check if this feature is enabled and how to disable it:

  • Go to the Settings;
  • Swipe down and tap on iTunes and the App Store;
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  • Swipe down if necessary, and find the section “Offload Unused Apps”, we are talking about unused applications;
  • Disable this feature if you want to save all applications permanently.
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If you really do not have enough space on the device and you want to temporarily remove some applications, but want the information to remain in them, you should leave this function and just remember that the device will independently ship applications to the cloud.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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