Overview of each application preinstalled on the iPhone

If you just got a new iPhone, you might be wondering what’s wrong with all those pre-installed apps. After all, there are a lot of them and Apple adds more from time to time.

If you want to know what are all the pre-installed apps on your iPhone, this guide is for you.

1. App Store

One of the most important pre-installed apps, the App Store app lets you download new apps to your iPhone. Whether you want a free app or want to spend some money on something premium, you can get it from the app store. There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for download, so there’s something for everyone.

2.iTunes Store

Similar to the App Store, the iTunes Store app helps you get new content on your iPhone. Although it does not download apps, it does help you download music, movies, and TV shows. The iTunes Store also lets you download new ringtones. If you’ve purchased anything from the iTunes Store in the past, it will save your past purchases so you can re-download them anytime.

3. Television

The Apple TV app lets you stream movies purchased with iTunes. If you have an Apple TV+ subscription, you can also stream Apple Originals. If you are not yet a subscriber, consider subscribing to Apple One which includes, among other things, an Apple TV+ subscription.

4. Face Time

FaceTime is one of the most popular iPhone apps. With FaceTime, you can video chat with other iPhone users, as long as you’re connected to the Internet. FaceTime even supports screen sharing.


5. Find My

Are you the type to lose your iPhone or other devices? If so, the Find My app might be the one you use regularly. Although you can’t use the Find My app without your phone, you can use it to find your MacBook, AirPods, and other devices. You can also use this app on a friend’s iPhone if you have lost your own device.


Safari is a browser application found on other Apple devices, such as MacBooks. This will be the app you can use to browse the internet. It will also save your most frequently visited websites on the homepage for quick access. If you prefer to use another app to browse the internet, there are other browsers you can download from the App Store.

7. Tips

If you just got your first iPhone, consider using the Tips app. This app contains useful information about navigating your device and configuring it to get the most out of it.

8. Settings

The Settings app is an app that you will most definitely use at some point. With Settings, you can change how your iPhone works. Here you can connect to Wi-Fi, toggle your brightness, change your wallpaper, and more.

9. Files

The Files app is an app you might not use much, but it’s an important app. With Files, you can download PDFs and other documents from the Internet and view them on your iPhone.

10. Mail

If you’re always on the go, you might want to take some time to set up the Mail app. With Mail, you can view all your emails and email accounts in one place. You can read and reply to emails on the go and even send documents from the Files app.

11. Pictures

The Photos app is where you can see all the photos you take. This will also be the app you use to view screenshots or photos you save from Safari. This app also contains folders that you can use to organize your photos.

12. Camera

What would the Photos app be without the camera? After all, most images in the Photos folder will be photos you take yourself. This is why the Camera app is so important. With the Camera app, you can take photos with the rear camera or selfies with the front camera.

Gone are the days when you had to write down the names and numbers of all your friends. With the Contacts app, you can store your friends’ names and numbers to call and text them anytime. When you get a new iPhone, you can transfer contacts during setup, so you won’t need to enter them again.

14. Cards

Many people will use their iPhone to browse. With Maps, you can turn your iPhone into a GPS device. It lets you navigate to any address and get real-time traffic data so you know when you’ll arrive.

15. Messaging

The Messages app is the app that allows you to send text messages to your contacts. If you text other iPhone users, you can send iMessages instead of text messages, which can be sent for free as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. You can also send images and voice messages.

16. Telephone

The Phone application is the application that allows you to make and receive calls. Here you can also check your voicemail and call logs. FaceTime calls are also recorded in phone call logs. You can also add your favorite contacts, which is similar to speed dialing.

17. Music

If you are a music fan, you might like to use the Music app. This application allows you to play your downloaded songs as well as songs from Apple Music. You can even follow friends on Apple Music to discover new songs.

18. Podcasts

The Apple Podcasts app offers thousands of popular podcasts available for streaming. All you have to do is find your favorite podcast and subscribe. The Podcast app will notify you of new episodes

19. Notes

Notes is a useful app that will help you organize your thoughts and remember things. With the Notes app, you can create lists, jot down ideas, and even create charts. The Notes app will also be backed up to iCloud, so you won’t lose your ideas.

20. Calendar

The Calendar app will help you stick to your schedule while on the go. You can use the built-in Apple Calendar app or add your calendar from another source like Google or Outlook.

21. Watch

Do you have an Apple Watch? The Watch app will make it easy to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone. Although not a useful application for everyone, this application will be useful for some.

22. Voice Memos

If you prefer saying things rather than writing them in the Notes app, you could use the Voice Memos app. Just open the app and tap the record button, then tap it again to stop recording when you’re done. The app will save all your recordings so you can listen to them later.

23. Apple Health

The Apple Health app lists different health records and tracks your activity. If you have an Apple Watch, you can integrate your data and track your stats here.

24. Wallet

The Wallet app is how you pay for transactions with your iPhone. With Wallet, you can configure how apps pay in the App Store or pay for orders in other apps like Uber Eats. You can also use Apple Pay in stores and online.

25. Translate

If you love to travel, the Translate app will come in handy. By speaking in the app, it will translate your phrase into another language. This app also works offline so you don’t need any data to use it.

26. Home

Do you have smart devices in your home, like lights and speakers? If so, the Home app will connect all your devices and help you control them from one place.

27. Weather

Want to know what the weather will be like today? Just open the Weather app to get a quick forecast. You can also add cities to see the weather there or get information before you travel.

28. News

Knowing what’s going on in the world can be useful, especially when you’re on the go. By opening the News app, you can get a news feed from your favorite publishers.


If you have investments, you should consider using the Stocks app. Here you can view all your favorite companies and funds to see how they are performing.

30. Reminders

Your iPhone has a handy Reminders app, which makes it easy to create lists. While the Notes app can also do this, the Reminders app helps you be productive and cross things off your list.

31. Books

Books is Apple’s own e-book and audiobook app. Unlike its competitors, you don’t need to pay a monthly subscription and instead can pay per book.

32. Shortcuts

Shortcuts is a useful app if you want your iPhone to automate tasks for you. For example, you can create custom battery notifications on your iPhone, to receive reminders when your battery starts to run low. The possibilities created by the Shortcuts app are nearly endless.

33. Utility Apps

Your iPhone also comes equipped with a variety of handy utility apps to take on the go. These apps are:

  • The clock
  • Calculator
  • Compass
  • Measure

These apps do exactly what their names describe.

Should you remove pre-installed apps?

Some users may not know this, but you can remove many pre-installed apps from Apple. But should you? After all, these apps are there to help you get the most out of your iPhone. Unless you need space, keeping these apps installed can be useful if you need them.

No matter what you decide to do, a better understanding of installed apps can help you get the most out of your iPhone.

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