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How to Delete Game Center App from iPhone

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Since iOS 4.1, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have all come pre-loaded with Game Center, Apple's social gaming platform that lets you post your scores to worldwide leaderboards or compete head-to-head in network games. But not everyone uses their iOS device for gaming and if you're one of those who don't, you may want to delete it.

To delete apps normally, you simple tap and hold an app until they all begin shaking and then tap the X icon on the app you want to delete. However, the X icon doesn't appear on Game Center using this technique. The question is, then: How do you delete the Game Center app from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch?

Deleting Game Center

Unfortunately for those who want to delete it, the answer is that you don't (or don't do so easily).

Apple doesn't allow users to delete the apps it pre-loads on the iOS. Other apps that can't be delete include the iTunes Store, App Store, Calculator, Clock, and Stocks apps. So, in most cases, the best thing to do is create a folder of unwanted apps and move it to the last screen on your device, where it won't take up space or bother you.

Using Jailbreaks

If you're an advanced user willing to take some risks, though, there is a way to delete the Game Center app. In that situation, you'll need to jailbreak your device and then use one of the programs that lets you remove apps or browse the iOS filesystem. If you're going to do this, though, understand that removing files could cause larger problems for your device or render it unusable.

 

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