Have you noticed a small iCloud symbol next to the name of any app on your iPad or iPad? If yes, then you might have thought that what does this small symbol means and how to get rid of it?
If you see an iCloud symbol next to any app on your iPhone or iPad then it means that the following app has been offloaded from your device. Offloading apps is a way by which the app(s) can be deleted from your device but it’s preferences, files, and data will be maintained on the device. This helps to free up space without uninstalling the app completely.
The iCloud symbol tells you that the following app is available in iCloud(App Store) and is available for access when needed.
This happens when automatic offloading of unused apps is enabled in Settings and when the device is running low on storage then apps which are not frequently used are offloaded and moved to iCloud.
How to remove iCloud Symbol next to apps on iOS
In order to remove the iCloud symbol next to an app;
- Tap on any app that has iCloud Symbol next to its name.
- Tapping on it will cause the app to be re-downloaded and reinstalling on your iPhone or iPad from App Store. While the app is in the process of reinstallation, you will see a “Loading” or “Installing” message on the app icon.
- After the app has been re-downloaded and re-installed, the iCloud symbol will no longer appear next to the app.
*If the process fails then it means that you don’t have a working internet connection or there isn’t enough storage space on your device.
How to turn off app offloading:
If you want to turn off app offloading then you can:
- Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store.
- Look for Offload Unused Apps and toggle the switch to Off.
Disabling this feature will prevent other apps from offloading themselves on their own in the future.