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How to Hide Apps on iPhone & iPad

Fans of Apple’s iPhone and iPad are always on the hunt for a smoother, less stressful user experience and hiding apps from the home screen can be an effective way of achieving this. While having easy access to apps on your iPhone’s home screen can be great, it can also become an administrative nightmare and potential privacy risk if your device gets into the wrong hands. This is where Clario’s leading security app can come in.

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There are various ways you can go about removing apps from your home screen. When you do move them you won’t lose them. In fact, you will still be able to find your hidden apps by using the Search function in the App Library or through your Settings. So don’t worry — you can only get rid of an app for good by deleting it.

How to hide apps from the home screen

Follow these simple steps to hide an app on iPhone:

  1. Find the app you want to remove, then hold your finger down on the icon.
  2. An options menu will appear. Then tap Remove App.
Hit Remove app

    3. Select Remove from the Home Screen.

Hit Remove App from the options

How to hide apps using Siri & Search

You can also ensure iOS hidden apps are removed from your home screen by changing the settings on your iPhone and iPad. To do this you need to:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Siri & Search.​
Head to Siri & Search

    3. Scroll down your list of apps until you find the one you want to hide, then tap on it.

Look for the app you want to hide

To hide an app and its content from Search, toggle off Show App in Search, Show Content in Search. To hide suggestions and content from the app from Search and widgets, toggle off Suggest App, and Suggestion Notifications. Toggle off Show on Home Screen to hide an app from your iPhone Home Screen. These should all appear gray once turned off.

Find options for hiding app

Now you have hidden icons on iPhone. But at a later date, you might want to reverse this process to show them. To do this, just repeat the steps above, then toggle on Show on Home Screen, Suggest App, Suggestion Notifications, and Show App in Search. They should appear green when back on.

To quickly get your app back on the Home Screen:

  1. Go to the Home Screen and swipe left until you get to the App Library.
  2. Find the app you need, tap on it and hold.
  3. Drag it to the left and drop it wherever you need it.

How to hide apps using App Library

Unfortunately, there is no way to hide an app using App Library as of iOS 15. In the App Library you will only have the ‘delete app’ option. But we don’t want that, do we? However, you do have an option to hide an app from your App Library and Home Screen at the same time — using Screen Time.

How to hide apps using Screen Time

Screen Time is a trick that allows you to hide an app from your iPhone Home Screen and App Library.

How to hide default apps from Home Screen and App Library:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Toggle the Content & Privacy Restrictions switch on.
  4. Go to Allowed Apps.
Hide default apps from Home Screen and App Library

    5. Toggle the switch off in front of the app you want to hide.

Toggle the switch off in front of the app you want to hide

These actions will hide the app from your Home Screen And Apps Library until you toggle the switch back on.

How to hide third-party apps from Home Screen and App Library:

As disappointing as it is, Apple hasn’t developed an option to hide a separate third-party app from your App Library, unless you use age restriction. See how it works below:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Toggle the Content & Privacy Restrictions switch on.
  4. Go to Content Restrictions > Apps.
How to hide third-party apps from Home Screen and App Library

By tapping Don’t Allow Apps you will hide all third-party apps from your Home screen and App Library. Tap Allow All Apps to leave all the apps unhidden. Also, by tapping 4+ you will hide apps that have a 4+ age restriction.

Content Restrictions in Screen Time

How to hide apps using App folders

One effective solution is to use folders to hide apps from your Home Screen. You can place any apps you need to use on the first pages, then others you use less on subsequent pages.

  1. Press and hold the icon of any apps you want to move. Wait until the Action Menu appears. Then select Edit Home Screen.
  2. Choose a folder or create a new folder. Then hold and drag the app you’re hiding into the folder of your choice. Drop it in the second/third screen within the folder.
Hide the app in a folder

If you drag the app to the right, then you will be able to add it to the second page of the chosen folder. Only those apps featured on the folder’s first page will be visible on the home screen.

How to hide apps from Smart Suggestions

Your iPhone is a brilliantly intuitive device thanks to virtual assistant Siri. The Smart Suggestions function uses Siri's intelligence to predict and suggest apps based on how you use your device.

 

As handy as this can sometimes be, if you are looking to hide apps from your home screen, then it might suggest apps you’d prefer to avoid. Or you might be super-organized and already have a dedicated widget for an app in place. Whatever your reasons, here’s how to hide apps on iOS:

  1. Head to Settings on your iPhone
  2. Scroll down to find Siri & Search
  3. Scroll down to find the app you want to remove from your Smart Suggestions
  4. Once you’ve found the app you’d like to hide, then choose toggle off Suggest App so this is gray
Toggle off Suggest App

How to hide apps from iPhone search

For extra privacy, you can hide apps from iPhone Search. This will prevent anyone who is extra nosy from snooping around your device and searching for an app. To do this, you need to:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Siri & Search
  3. Go down the app section and choose the app you want to hide
  4. Toggle off Show App in Search
Toggle off Show App in Search

If you have any other apps you want to hide from search, then just repeat these steps. You will need to do this for each one.

How to hide apps from your App Store purchase history

If you want to keep some of your apps to yourself, then you can follow the below steps to hide them from your purchase history for your App Store.

  1. Open the App Store
  2. Find your photo or profile icon in the top right corners. Then tap on it
  3. Tap Purchased
  4. Scroll through until you find the name of the app you want to conceal. Then swipe left on the app
  5. Hit Hide
Hide apps from your App Store

Where do hidden apps go?

As with hiding notifications on your iPhone, hiding apps on your device can help you focus and avoid distractions. If you’re worried about where these hidden apps go, then don’t be. They will be stored in the App Library unless you decide to completely remove them from your iPhone by deleting them. You will be able to search the App Library or use the Spotlight Search to source it. Just swipe right until you reach the widgets manually and enter the app name in the Search to find it. This means you shouldn’t be afraid of decluttering your digital life. Instead, embrace it!

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