[Solved] How to Permanently Delete Apps from iTunes

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Usually it is easier to delete apps from iDevice. However, in some situations it is a good idea to permanently delete apps from iTunes when deleting them from iDevice is not working. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to do this on both Mac and Windows platforms.

How to Permanently Delete Apps from iTunes

How to Permanently Delete Apps from iTunes On Windows

iMyFone TunesFix is the feature-rich iTunes repairing software that allows you to perform various fixes in order to solve iTunes issues. You can use TunesFix to delete apps permanently from iTunes conveniently. Apart from detecting various iTunes errors automatically, TunesFix has different modes that you can manually use in order to fix certain iTunes issues.

Following are some key features of TunesFix:

  • Automatically scan and fix multiple iTunes errors.
  • Free up space on your computer by cleaning up multiple iTunes-related files such as media, software update files, backups, etc. Doing this will also boost the performance of iTunes.
  • Clean iTunes Deeply feature allows you to remove all iTunes data with a single click.
  • iTunes issues which occur due to unknown reasons can also be fixed via TunesFix.
  • TunesFix is also useful when it comes to fixing failed iDevice detection problem.

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TunesFix is also useful when it comes to fixing failed iDevice detection problem.

Step 1: Launch iMyFone TunesFix on your Windows.
Step 2: From the home interface, click on “Quick Clean” mode if you want to delete apps from iTunes. You can also choose “Deep Clean” mode for this, however it will also delete your iTunes backups.

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Step 3: Once the “Quick Clean” scan is completed, you will see a list of iTunes files that you can delete. This will include software update files, iOS backups, iTunes media files, and other data.

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Step 4: From the list, check "Mobile Apps" and then click “Clean” to proceed. Cleaning process will start. After it’s finished, TunesFix will notify you about the space that has been freed.

How to Permanently Delete Apps from iTunes On Mac

Deleting apps from iTunes is possible on Mac even if your iDevice is being synced. However, iTunes might tell you that there are some apps on your iDevice that aren’t on your Mac. Ignore this prompt and proceed to delete apps permanently from iTunes.

1. From iTunes

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac.
Step 2: Navigate to Library > Apps.
Step 3: Now press Command-A or use Edit > Select All option and then control-click any part of your selection.
Step 4: Once the selection is completed, click Delete and then confirm your deletion.
Step 5: When prompted, choose the ‘Move to Trash’ option.
Step 6: Your selected apps will be deleted. You can then use Finder > Empty Trash option to empty the trash.

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2. Delete from App Directory

It is also possible to delete apps permanently from itunes by manually navigating to the app directory of iTunes.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: On your Mac, launch the Finder window and then search and access the Music directory.
Step 2: If you can’t find Music directory, then navigate to Devices > Mac > Macintosh HD > Users and then select your user account. From there you will be able to access the Music directory.
Step 3: Once you are in the Music folder, navigate to iTunes > iTunes Media > Mobile Applications folder. All your apps that you downloaded on your Mac will be shown in the Mobile Applications directory, listed as .ipa files.
Step 4: Now simply select and delete the .ipa files of your choice. You can also delete the entire directory in order to delete all the apps quickly.

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