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This is where all of the pre-installed native apps, as well as native jailbreak apps (from Cydia and elsewhere), are installed. They can't be deleted under normal circumstances. One can delete them on a jailbroken device through some sort of file-management tool such as SSH or iFile, although doing this is highly unrecommended as they can't be re-installed. Cydia will move this directory to the user partition and create a symlink to it.

/Applications --> /var/stash/Applications.*****

NOTE: In the title, the asterisks represent randomly generated characters that are generated when the folder is created and symlinked

App Store apps are installed by iTunes in the /var/mobile/Applications folder.


This directory typically contains only application bundles.


Native apps

Folder name (generic) Folder name (iPad version) Application name 1.x 2.x 3.x 4.x Description
AdSheet.app AdSheet~ipad.app No No No Yes Hidden app for iAd support
AppStore.app AppStore.app App Store No Yes Yes Yes Client for the App Store
Calculator.app Calculator.app Calculator Yes Yes Yes Yes Calculator. Icon evolved over major OS releases. Landscape scientific mode added in iPhone OS 3.0.
Compass.app Compass.app Compass No No Yes Yes Compass. Only available on qualifying devices.
Contacts~iphone.app (MobileAddressBook.app before iOS 4) Contacts~ipad.app Contacts Partial Yes Yes Yes Contacts.
DemoApp.app Yes Yes Yes Yes Displays a video continuously when the device is not being used. Invoke with a file called Demo.mov in the user directory (/private/var/root for iOS 1.1.2 and lower, /private/var/mobile for iOS 1.1.3 and later). Used by Apple Stores.
FieldTest.app FieldTest.app Yes Yes Yes See notes Hidden app for checking network parameters; Can be accessed by dialing *3001#12345#*; Retired in 4.0, returns in 4.1 providing only the cellular network RSSI display. iOS 4.2 brings all features back.
GameCenter~iphone.app GameCenter~ipad.app Game Center No No No 4.1+ Game Center.
iOS Diagnostics.app iOS Diagnostics.app No No No Yes This can be accessed through Safari; just type diags:// into the URL bar.

Unofficial apps

These application bundles are not present on an unmodified system and are generally installed via a PC utility, manually or through a package.