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3 Ways About How to Hide Apps on iPhone

how to hide apps on iphone

Here’s how you can hide apps on an iPhone:

  1. Tap and hold on to the app you want to hide until all of your apps start wiggling.
  2. Tap the “x” in the top-left corner of the app you want to hide.
  3. Tap “Delete” to confirm that you want to hide the app.

Note: Hiding an app on your iPhone will only remove it from your Home screen and App Library, but it will still be stored on your device. To unhide an app, go to the App Store, search for the app, and download it again.

If you don’t want to delete the app but simply want to remove it from your Home screen or App Library, you can do so by moving the app to another folder or another page of your Home screen. Simply tap and hold on to the app, then drag it to another folder or another page. The app will still be available on your device, but it won’t be displayed on your Home screen or in the App Library.

More ways on how to hide apps on iPhone

While Apple devices lack a dedicated feature for doing so, it is still possible to hide an app from view or to make it private. If Apple makes it simple to manage your iPhone’s apps. You can reorganize your apps into different pages and folders, as well as delete those you never use.

Unfortunately, Apple does not permit you to hide an app or otherwise make it private so that only you can find it. However, there are some simple workarounds you can use to keep certain apps hidden. That’s great if your goal is to hide apps you never use so they don’t get in your way. Let’s keep reading about how to hide apps on iPhone.

how to hide apps on iphone
how to hide apps on iphone

Hide apps on your home screen in folders

Rather than keeping all of your apps in plain sight – and somewhat disorganized at that – you can organize some or all of them into folders. Of course, this isn’t the same as hiding apps completely, but it does remove apps from view.

You can also hide apps by moving them past the first page of a folder. Because a folder can display up to nine apps per page, an effective strategy for hiding an app is to fill the first page with apps you frequently use, and store apps you want to keep hidden on pages two, three, or more.

Tap and hold the app until it jiggles. Then drag it to the right edge of a folder to bury it deeper in the folder’s back page; drag it to the left edge to bring it forward to the front of the folder.

While you can store up to 9 apps on a folder page, you don’t have to – you can store any number of apps on each page, so you can store as few as one app per page, across a dozen pages, in the same folder if you want.

Hide apps from search results

While moving apps deep into folders will keep them out of the way and out of sight of anyone casually browsing your iPhone, you should be aware that these apps will still appear in searches.

That is a useful feature – no matter where you store an app, you can run it quickly by opening Spotlight search and tapping out the app’s name.

You can disable the app’s appearance in search if you don’t want it to appear in search, but you must do so one at a time.

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Select “Siri & Search.”
  3. Scroll down to the app list and select the app you want to hide from the search.
  4. Disable “Siri & Suggestions.”
  5. Deactivate “Show App.”

Important to remember

Now, the iPhone will try to act as if the app isn’t installed – you won’t see it if you search for it in Spotlight search, and Siri won’t make any app-related suggestions.

Even if you follow all of these steps, your app will not be completely hidden. It can be found hidden in a folder by a diligent detective, and there are other clues as well.

If you search for the app in the App Store, for example, you won’t be able to re-install it; the store will indicate that the app is already installed on your phone. However, until Apple provides a way to truly mark apps as private, this is the closest you will get.

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