August 11, 2022
How to Hide Apps on Iphone
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Why Hide Apps on the iPhone?

Want to learn how to hide apps on your iPhone? Sometimes you need to hide apps on your iPhone from others who might snoop, or from yourself if you’re addicted to a particular game or to checking your Facebook notifications like I am. With Smart Suggestions for apps, you can request that an app not be suggested (thereby hiding the app). You can also hide an app on your iPhone by using app folders. To take it even further, you can hide the app from iPhone search and from your iPhone’s App Store purchase history. You can even get rid of most of Apple’s pre-installed apps and hide the App Store itself while you’re at it.

Where Do Apps Go When You Hide Them on the iPhone?

home Unless you completely remove an app from your iPhone by deleting it, the app will always be stored in the App Library on the right-most page of your iPhone home screen. At the very least, this means you can either search the App Library to find the missing app on your iPhone or use Spotlight Search to find it. So rest assured that as you work through the many methods in this article for how to hide apps on the iPhone, you’ll still be able to locate the app when you need it! Each section will give you additional details on where apps are located when you use the hiding method outlined in that section.

How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone

While there’s no way to completely hide apps on an iPhone, you can make them harder to find. Hiding apps will also clear up space on your home screen, so you don’t have to see apps that you don’t use very often. Here are several ways to hide apps on your iPhone’s home screen, Siri suggestions, and your App Store purchase history.

Method 1: How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone Using Folders

To hide an app on your iPhone, go to your home screen and tap and hold any app. Then select Edit Home Screen and drag the app on top of another app. Finally, open the folder and drag the app you want to hide to the right side in order to create a new folder window.

  1. Go to the Home Screen on your iPhone. On older iPhones, you can do this by pressing the Home button at the bottom of your screen. On an iPhone X or newer, you can quickly swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
  2. Then tap and hold any app. You can let go when you see a pop-up menu appear.
  3. Next, select Edit Home Screen.
  4. Then tap and hold the app and drag it on top of another app. This will create a new folder on your iPhone home screen with the two apps inside.
  5. Next, open the folder. To do this, simply tap on the new folder on your home screen.
  6. Then drag the app to the right to create a new folder window. You can do this by dragging the app to the right edge of the folder. This will create a new folder window where you can hide the app.
  7. Finally, tap any blank area on your screen and tap DoneYou will see this in the top-right corner of your screen.

While this method is good for hiding apps on your home screen, you can also remove them completely from your home screen.

Method 2: How to Hide Apps Using the App Library

To hide apps on your iPhone using the App Library, go to the Home Screen and tap and hold the app that you want to hide. Then select “Remove App” from the pop-up menu. Finally, tap Remove from Home Screen to hide the app in your App Library.

Note: These steps will only work if you are running iOS 14 or later. If you want to know how to update your iPhone, check out our step-by-step guide here.

  1. Go to the Home Screen on your iPhone.
  2. Then tap and hold the app you want to hide.
  3. Next, tap Remove App.
  4. Finally, tap “Remove from Home Screen.” This will remove your app from the home screen, but you will still be able to find it in the App Library, which you can access by swiping left on your home screen. Then you can find any hidden apps using the search bar at the top of the App Library screen.

To add apps back to your home screen, tap and hold the app and select Add to Home Screen. You can also tap and hold an app in the search results and drag it to add it back to your home screen at any time.

Note: All the apps on your iPhone will appear in the App Library, so this is the most you can hide an app.

If you want to find out other ways to customize your iPhone, check out our step-by-step guide article on how to add widgets to your iPhone home screen.

While moving an app to the App Library is a good way to hide it, you can make an app even harder to find by hiding it from your iPhone’s search results. Here’s how:

Can I hide apps from the App Library?

Since the App Library is meant to be an all-inclusive list of installed apps, it’s not possible to hide an app from the App Library if it’s installed on your device. This means that in order to hide an app from the App Library, it would have to be deleted and then reinstalled each time the user needs it. In rare instances, this may be a necessary option, but for most people, this won’t be practical.

If you have decided to use this option, visit our article on how to delete and uninstall apps, or follow the above steps on this page and select “Delete App” when the menu appears.

Can You Hide Apps on the iPhone That Come Pre-installed?

In many cases, Apple allows users to hide Apple apps that come pre-installed on their iPhones. Apple stock apps are hidden the way third-party apps are deleted. But you’re actually just deleting the app’s icon because the app’s data is not removed.

  1. From the home screen, tap and hold the app you want to hide.
  2. When the Action Menu opens, select Delete App.
  3. If Delete App is missing from the Action Menu, then the app can’t be deleted.*
  4. Repeat this process for all the stock apps that you want to be removed.
  5. If you decide you need any of these apps in the future, simply re-download them from the App Store to get them back.

While you can delete some apps, such as the calculator and music apps, others, like the App Store and camera apps, cannot be deleted.

How to Hide Purchases from the App Store

If you don’t want to see an app in your list of purchases in the App Store, hide it. If you want to re-download the app, unhide it first.

What happens when you hide an app in your purchase list?

When you hide an app in your purchase list, it no longer appears in the list of your purchases that’s in the App Store. The app will still appear in your complete purchase history in Settings. And if you use Family Sharing, family members can’t redownload the app from your list of shared purchases.

home screen Hiding an app won’t remove it from your device, a family member’s device, or other devices that are signed in with your Apple ID. If you want to remove an app from the home screen, customize the home screen on your iPhone.

Hide apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap the account button , or your photo or initials, at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Purchased. If you use Family Sharing, tap My Purchases.
    iPhone showing the Purchased option in the Account menu.
  4. Find the app that you want, then swipe left on it and tap Hide.
    iPhone showing what happens when you swipe left on an app in your purchases and the Hide button appears.
  5. Tap Done.

Unhide apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you deleted an app from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the app doesn’t automatically reappear on your home screen when you unhide it. Instead, redownload the app from the App Store. You don’t have to buy the app again.

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap the account button , or your photo or initials, at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap your name or Apple ID. You might be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
    iPhone showing the Account menu with John Appleseed's Apple ID selected.
  4. Scroll down and tap Hidden Purchases.
    iPhone showing the Hidden Purchases menu item.
  5. Find the app that you want, then tap Unhide.
  6. To return to the App Store, tap Account Settings, then tap Done.
  7. Search for the app, then tap the download button .

Hide apps on your Mac

  1. On your Mac, open the App Store. If you’re not already signed in, click Sign In at the bottom of the sidebar, then enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. Click your name at the bottom of the sidebar. Your purchased apps appear.
  3. Hold your pointer over the app and look for the “more options” button. Click the “more options” button , then choose “Hide Purchase.”
    App Store on Mac showing the menu that appears after you select the More Options button. Hide Purchase is selected.
  4. When you’re asked if you’re sure you want to hide the app, click Hide Purchase.

Unhide apps on your Mac

  1. On your Mac, open the App Store.
  2. Click your name at the bottom of the sidebar, then click View Information at the top of the screen. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Scroll to Hidden Items or Hidden Purchases, then click Manage.
    App Store on Mac showing the Hidden Items section of the account information page. The Manage button is highlighted in the image.
  4. Find the app that you want to unhide.
  5. Click Unhide, then click Done. The app reappears in your purchase list. You can click the download button to re-download the app to your Mac.

How to Remove Apps from the Home Screen Using Siri & Search

In this section, we’ll show you how to hide apps on the iPhone in settings and how to unhide a hidden app when needed. Don’t worry; when you remove apps from the home screen, you can still find them with search, in the App Library, and in Settings. Here’s how to hide apps on the iPhone home screen using Settings.

  • Open Settings.
How to Remove Apps from Home Screen Using Siri & Search step 1
  • Tap Siri & Search.
Tap Siri & Search
  • Scroll down to the app section and select the app you want to hide.
Tap on the app you wish to hide from Search
  • Toggle off “Show” on the home screen. When you’re done, the toggle should appear grey.
Hide app from iPhone Home Screen

To unhide apps on your iPhone from the home screen, repeat this process, but instead of toggling Show on the Home screen off, toggle it back on.

How to Hide Apps from Smart Suggestions

use Smart Suggestions use Siri’s intelligence to predict and suggest apps or shortcuts for your use based on your usage patterns. However, this does mean that you may see suggestions for apps you’d rather not use as often (anyone else trying to cut back on Pokémon GO?), or that you use so often that you already have a separate widget set up for them and don’t need to see them in suggestions. Here’s how to hide apps from being suggested by Smart Suggestions:

  • Your Suggestions widget will look like a normal cluster of app icons on your iPhone home screen.
How to Hide Apps from Smart Suggestions Step 1
  • Press and hold the icon for the app you’d like to hide from suggestions.
Tap and hold the icon for the app you want to hide form Smart Suggestions
  • A menu will pop up. Tap Don’t Suggest “[app name]” and you’ll see a bottom message pop up.
Tap on the don't suggest app option
  • Tap on the red option that says Don’t Suggest “[app name]” and give your phone a second or two to respond.
Confirm your don't suggest the app choice at the bottom of screen.You’ve just hidden this app from Smart Suggestions! Don’t worry, the app is still on your phone; it’s just not going to pop up in your Smart Suggestions widget anymore.

How to Turn Off Notifications for an iPhone App

To turn off notifications for an app on your iPhone, go to Settings > Notifications. Then scroll down, select the app, and tap the slider next to Allow Notifications. You will know it is turned off when the slider is gray.

How to Turn Off Notifications For an iPhone App
How to Turn Off Notifications for an iPhone App

Conclusion

Now that you know how to hide an app on your iPhone in a variety of ways, you can decide which method works best for your purposes! And just in case you hide an app too well, we can show you how to find hidden apps on your iPhone as well.

Works Cited

“How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone : HelloTech How.” HelloTech How, www.hellotech.com, 6 June 2022, https://www.hellotech.com/guide/for/how-to-hide-apps-on-iphone.

Carey, Conner. “How to Hide Apps on iPhone (2022 Update).” Www.Iphonelife.Com, www.iphonelife.com, 14 June 2017, https://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-hide-apps-iphone-how-to-find-them-later.

“Hide Purchases from the App Store – Apple Support.” Apple Support, support.apple.com, 28 Mar. 2022, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201322.

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