In a world of ever-increasing access, privacy is becoming more and more crucial to users.
Why would someone want to hide an app? It’s a valid question. Are you the person that wants to hide one? Or are you the person that wants to discover how someone is? Interesting questions right? We don’t need those answers by the way. Reasons you might want to hide them are down below!
Maybe you’re a neat freak and you’ve downloaded so many apps that your phone’s home screen gives you anxiety. That’s totally fine! We have the fix which we’ll share further down.
Got a video game on your phone that you don’t want others to discover you’re playing? Maybe you told your family, your spouse, or friends that you gave up your addiction? There’s a fix for you too!
Do you allow your children to use your phone but worry they might do some online shopping? Just hide the app! Or do you let people borrow your phone but don’t want them snooping around your mobile banking app? Just hide it!
Whatever your reason for wanting to hide an app on your iPhone here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Tap and hold your iPhone home screen (the one where all of your app icons are floating)
Step 2: You’ll see a minus sign pop up on each app and tap the one on the app that you want to hide
Step 3: You’ll have 3 options. Delete App, Remove from Home Screen, and Cancel select Remove from Home Screen
Your app is now hidden…BUT! It can still be found if you do a spotlight search!
Want to totally hide it from prying eyes? Just do the following:
Step 1: Open settings (the gear icon)
Step 2: Scroll to the app you’d like to hide from search
Step 3: Tap Siri and Search
Step 4: You’ll see the “While Searching” section. Tap the green toggle for Show App in Search
Now your app can’t be searched for and it’s hidden from the home screen. That is how you hide your apps! Now, there are third-party apps that can actually hide your app icon, and disguise them under the image of a different app icon. To date users claim that the best app for this is HiddenVault.
Bonus! Here’s how to hide an entire page of apps at the same time!
Step 1: On the home screen where you see all of your floating app icons simply tap and hold
Step 2: Your apps will begin shaking and the minus signs will pop up again. At the bottom of your screen, you will see dots (these represent how many pages of apps you have)
Step 3: Tap the dots
Step 4: Check the pages that you want viewable and uncheck the pages you want to hide
Now the page that you unchecked will be hidden from view!
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