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This Is A Neat & Harmless Little Bug In iOS 10

iOS 10 has had its fair share of bugs. Everything from lock screen exploits to problems plaguing notifications have been observed by users who upgraded to iOS 10. Apple has been resolving the more problematic bugs through updates but the simpler, and unimportant ones, aren’t likely to be resolved soon. One neat, and harmless, little bug in iOS 10 puts a single app in delete/edit mode. Here’s how you can reproduce it on your own device.

The bug works only on the very first page of the Home screen. You must have one folder present on the screen in order to reproduce it.

  1. Tap and hold any app icon on the screen and wait until all icons on the screen enter delete/edit mode.
  2. Tap on the folder and then quickly tap anywhere outside it.
  3. Tap and hold any app icon on the first page of the Home screen.

What you will come away with is just that one app entering delete/edit mode. All other app icons will remain untouched. You can, if you want, delete the one app. iOS will prompt you for a confirmation like it ordinarily does when you delete an app. To get the app to exit this delete/edit mode, lock your device via the power button on the side.


This is perhaps more a glitch than an actual bug. It doesn’t cause any problems nor does it effect the performance of the device or the app. There are other, possibly more serious bugs, in iOS 10 so this one isn’t likely going to be resolved on high priority.

Reddit user┬ádesiderorg posted the steps for reproducing this bug and also identified a bug with the Reminders app. The Reminders app appears to crash for some users when they paste two lines of text to an existing reminder and tap anywhere after pasting it. I wasn’t able to reproduce that particular bug on an iPhone 6 but give it a try and see if you get it.

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