Are you tired of your friends and family snooping on your phone to see what apps you have? Protecting your privacy on your mobile device can be a challenging task. Many people (us included) like to have their iPhone’s home screen looking nice and organized, and having a screen that’s cluttered with apps can be overwhelming.
If you’re tired of having unwanted apps on your screen, or want to find a way to hide certain apps so that your friends don’t see them on your home screen, we’re here to give you a solution. We’re going to show you 4 methods you can use to hide apps on iPhone. We’ll also show you an easy way to find apps you’ve hidden later so you don’t have to look too hard. Let’s get into the various methods to hiding iPhone apps.
The first method we recommend using to hide apps on your iPhone is using a feature that most people assume is just for parental control. However, if you’re looking to hide apps on your iPhone, “Restrictions” are a great way to do it.
Tap the Settings icon on your home screen to get to your device settings menus.
In the settings menu, select General to get to your iPhone’s basic settings.
Lower down on the next page, tap Restrictions to access the parental control feature.
At the top of your screen, hit Enable Restrictions to make it possible for you to disallow specific apps from appearing on your home screen.
Now you can choose a passcode to prevent anyone else from making changes to your restrictions. Enter a 4-digit code you’d like to use to protect your restriction settings.
If you scroll down on the next screen, you’ll see a slider beside each app you have installed on your device, including those that are not able to be deleted – Camera, Safari, etc. Move the slider beside an app you want to hide over to the left. When the slider turns white, the app has been restricted.
If you tap your home button after restricting the apps you’d like to hide, you’ll see that those apps are no longer on your home screen.
This is one of the best ways to hide apps on an iPhone. If you ever want to use these apps again, simply access your restrictions and remove the restrictions you’ve placed on them.
Our next method will help you hide apps within folders, so the apps won’t be visible on your main home screen, but you can still use them yourself without having to change any settings.
If you want to make your home screen look more organized, or want to cover up apps you wouldn’t want other people knowing you have on your iPhone, you can do so with app folders.
Folders can have multiple pages, and each page only needs a minimum of 1 app on it. You could have a folder full of apps of a certain category, and put an app you want to hide on a separate page. Here’s how to create an app folder and hide an app within it:
Look through your apps and find one of the apps you want to keep hidden. Tap and hold on the app icon until it starts shaking.
To create a folder of apps that will allow you to hide apps, drag one app over another one. Once you overlap them, a new folder will be created.
In the text box above the folder you’ve created, tap the X button to remove the automatically-generated title. Then, type in what you’d like to have as the name for your folder. If you want to discourage your friends from tapping that folder, give it a boring name.
As long as you have at least one app on the first page of the folder, you can hide other apps on a separate page. Return to your home screen, and drag the app you’d like to hide over the top of the folder you’ve created. Once you drop the app over the folder, it will be added.
To hide an app within the folder you made, drag the app over to the right side to create a second page in the folder. You can go between pages of the folder by swiping your finger from side to side.
Once you’ve moved the app you want to hide to an additional page of your folder, you can hit the Home button on your iPhone to make the icons stop shaking and return to your normal screen.
If you want to make it harder for people to find apps you’ve hidden in folders, you may want to change your settings so they don’t appear in searches on your device. Our next method will show you how!
Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone home screen to open your settings.
With your settings open, scroll down and tap General.
Select Spotlight Search from the General settings options.
To hide an app from Spotlight Search on your iPhone, move the slider beside the app so it turns from green to white. This will keep these apps from popping up in your searches.
That’s all there is to hiding apps from your searches. Another way to hide apps from other people is to make sure they can’t access your device at all. The next method we’ll be showing you does just that.
Adding a numbered passcode to your iPhone prevents other people from accessing your device in the first place, so you don’t have to worry about what apps are on your device. If you want to prevent others from using your device without your permission, here’s how to add a passcode to iPhone:
The first step in adding a passcode to your iPhone is to open your settings.
With your settings open, select the Touch ID & Passcode section.
To make it so you have to enter a code in order to access your device, tap Turn Passcode On.
To get more options for the kind of passcode protecting your device, tap Passcode Options.
Now you can select the type of passcode you want to add. You can use an alphanumeric code (letters and numbers), a custom numeric code, or a simple 4-digit numeric code.
Once you’ve selected the kind of passcode you’re going to use, type in the specific code you want to have on your device.
The last method we’d recommend using to hide apps is to simply delete the ones you don’t want or use anymore. We’ll show you how this is done next.
The iPhone comes with a bunch of apps pre-installed that many people may not find useful. If you want to get rid of unnecessary pre-installed apps, here’s how to do it:
On your home screen, locate one of the apps you’d like to delete from your iPhone. Hold your finger on that app’s icon until all of the apps on your screen start shaking.
To indicate that you’d like to delete the app, tap the X icon at the corner of the icon for that app.
Next, you’ll need to confirm that you’d like to delete that app from your iPhone, tap the Remove button.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to remove all the apps you’d like to get rid of.
To stop your app icons from shaking when you’re done deleting apps, tap your iPhone’s Home button below your screen.
Now that we’ve shown you exactly how to hide apps on iOS, you’re going to need to know how to find them as well. In the next section, we’ll teach you how to easily find apps on your iPhone.
Unlock your iPhone to get to your home page.
In the middle of your screen, swipe your finger down to open the Spotlight page.
At the top of the Spotlight screen, tap in the search box and enter the name of the app you’re looking for.
When you’ve done your search, you’ll see some results appear on your screen. You should see the app you’re looking for appear near the top. If you’d like to open the app, tap the app’s name.
That’s all you need to do to easily find an app you’ve hidden on your iPhone. If you’ve removed the app from appearing in your search results (as demonstrated in Method 3 above) then you’ll need to remember exactly where you hid the app, or re-allow it to appear in Spotlight Search.
These 5 methods to hiding iPhone apps are all great to use, and you can use them in combination with each other for maximum privacy if you want to. Find out how to do more with your iPhone with our iPhone texting and iPhone calling and voicemail courses. If you have an Android device, check out this blog post to learn how to hide apps on Android.
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