How to Hide Apps on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Updated on March 26, 2018
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

People snooping through the apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can be annoying. Hiding the app through parental restrictions or un-syncing the app from your phone are two extreme and time-consuming ways to go about this. However, if you don't want to have to go through the process of enabling permissions for that app each time you want to use it or re-sync it with your device, you can hide it in a folder with a lot of other apps. This works because folders hold up to 12 apps but only display the first nine on the apps icon. Snoopers will only know the app you're hiding is in that folder if they open the folder.

How to Hide Apps on iPhone

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The Process for Hiding Apps on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

  1. Locate the app you want to hide on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch home screen.
  2. Hold your finger against that specific app until all of the apps on your device's home screen start to wiggle.
  3. Press your finger against the app you want to hide until it grows slightly larger than its normal size.
  4. Continuing to hold your finger against the app, move the app to the far right side of your device's screen. The app will move on to the next screen.
  5. Continue positioning your app against the far right edge of the screen until it is on a page by itself. You can go all the way out to 11 pages, but after you press the Home button to lock your apps in place, your app will automatically be moved on to the page immediately after the previous page with an app on it. For example, if you have four pages of apps and you move the app you want to hide out to the eleventh page, when you lock the apps in place the app you want to hide will be automatically moved to the fifth page so there are no blank page gaps.
  6. With all of the apps still wiggling, go back and grab at least nine other apps you don't use regularly and move them to the page the app you want to hide is located on. Alternatively, download apps from the App Store that you have no interest in ever accessing to use as placeholders. Don't get more than 11 other apps, as you can't place more than 12 in a folder.
  7. After moving the apps, and with the apps still wiggling, hold your finger against any one of the apps and move it on top of another app. The two apps will be moved into the same box, creating a folder. A large black box opens beneath the folder app, displaying the full-size icons of the apps in the folder. Continue dragging all of the apps on this page into the folder.
  8. With the black box displaying the full-size versions of the apps open, tap the "X" icon on the right side of the white bar at the top of the box to delete the existing folder name.
  9. Tap within the white box and then use the on-screen keyboard that appears to type "Miscellaneous" or some other inconspicuous and uninteresting folder name.
  10. Tap to grab the app you want to hide and then move it into the last position in the listing of apps. For example, if you have 12 apps, the app you want to hide should appear in the lower-right corner of the app folder box.
  11. Press "Home" to lock all of the apps in place and close the app folder. When the app folder is closed, only the first nine apps will be displayed in the app icon, and the only way someone would know the app you're trying to hide is in there is if they actually tap the folder to view the apps it contains.

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Locate the app you want to hide on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch home screen. Hold your finger against the app until it starts wiggling. Hold your finger against the app again until it gets about 25 percent larger.Move the app onto its own screen.Move other apps you don't use onto that screen as well. If you don't have expendable apps, download some.Move the apps into the same folder.Erase the existing folder name.Rename the folder "Miscellaneous."Move the app you want to hide into the last slot.Press the "Home" button to lock the apps in place. The app you want to hide won't be listed in the top nine.
Locate the app you want to hide on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch home screen. Hold your finger against the app until it starts wiggling.
Locate the app you want to hide on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch home screen. Hold your finger against the app until it starts wiggling. | Source
Hold your finger against the app again until it gets about 25 percent larger.
Hold your finger against the app again until it gets about 25 percent larger. | Source
Move the app onto its own screen.
Move the app onto its own screen. | Source
Move other apps you don't use onto that screen as well. If you don't have expendable apps, download some.
Move other apps you don't use onto that screen as well. If you don't have expendable apps, download some. | Source
Move the apps into the same folder.
Move the apps into the same folder. | Source
Erase the existing folder name.
Erase the existing folder name. | Source
Rename the folder "Miscellaneous."
Rename the folder "Miscellaneous." | Source
Move the app you want to hide into the last slot.
Move the app you want to hide into the last slot. | Source
Press the "Home" button to lock the apps in place. The app you want to hide won't be listed in the top nine.
Press the "Home" button to lock the apps in place. The app you want to hide won't be listed in the top nine. | Source

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        Please answer 

        4 months ago

        Is there another way

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        Amanda 

        10 months ago

        The folders hold ALOT more than 12 apps...

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        Bloggenpost 

        15 months ago

        Finally your step by step method to hide apps worked on my iPhone 5S. Thanks for this wonderful post and i would like to know how to completely delete/uninstall unused apps from iPhone.

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