Delete iOS Apps from iTunes’ Update Window

If you’re like me, you’ve got too many apps in your iTunes library. You may buy apps that you don’t use; download free apps that weren’t worth the time and bandwidth; and even, in my case, get codes for a lot of apps from developers, to review or write about.

I’ve got hundreds of apps in my iTunes library, and only use a few dozen of them. So, from time to time, I go through my list and cull apps.

One thing that often reminds me that I don’t use certain apps is when there are updates available for them. That’s usually when I go to the List view of the Apps library, find the apps I don’t use, then delete them.

Today, an app I don’t use got updated, and I right-clicked on the app’s icon in the Update window, thinking I could just remove it from the update queue. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could delete the app from my iTunes library from that window.


I didn’t know this before, though I’m sure it’s been possible for a long time. So, if you want to cull your apps, when you see that there are updates, there’s no need to switch views. Just right-click on an app’s icon in the Update window, choose Delete, then click Delete App.