If you have an iPhone, you may have wondered if there’s a way to hide apps from your Home screen. Maybe you want to keep certain apps away from prying eyes or you simply want to keep your Home screen free of clutter. Fortunately, there are several ways to hide apps on your iPhone. Read on to learn how.
Hiding Apps in a Folder
The simplest way to hide apps on your iPhone is to put them in a folder. To create a folder, press and hold on an app icon until all your icons start jiggling. Then, drag one app icon onto another to create a folder. You can also drag additional apps into this folder. Once you’ve created your folder, you can drag it to another location on your Home screen or even to another Home screen. To make sure the apps in the folder are hidden, fill the folder with additional apps.
Using the App Library
Apple added the App Library to iOS 14, which means if you’re running the latest version of iOS on your iPhone, you can hide apps in the App Library. To do this, open the App Library and scroll to the bottom. Here, you’ll find a folder called “Suggestions”. Open this folder and then tap and hold on an app icon until you see a pop-up menu. Tap “Remove App” and then confirm your choice. The app will then be removed from your Home screen, but it will still be accessible through the App Library.
Using Guided Access
If all you need to do is temporarily hide an app, you can use Guided Access. This is a feature that you can use to lock your iPhone into a single app. To use it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access. Then, toggle the switch next to “Guided Access” to the On position. Now, open the app you want to hide and triple-click your iPhone’s Home button. You’ll be prompted to set a passcode, which you’ll need to enter in order to unlock the app. Now, no one will be able to access the app unless they know your passcode.
If you want to completely hide certain apps from your Home screen, you can use the Restrictions feature. To enable this feature, go to Settings > General > Restrictions. You’ll be prompted to enter a passcode. Once you’ve done that, you can disable certain apps or even restrict access to certain content. Keep in mind that if you disable an app, it won’t be visible on your Home screen, but it will still be accessible through the App Store.
Using a Parental Control App
If you’re concerned about your child’s online activity, you may want to look into using a parental control app. These apps allow you to set restrictions on your child’s device, monitor their online activity, and even block certain apps and websites. Most parental control apps are compatible with both iOS and Android devices, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.
Using Third-Party Apps
Finally, you can use third-party apps to hide apps on your iPhone. There are a number of apps available in the App Store that offer this feature, such as NQ Mobile Security and AppLock. Keep in mind that while these apps can be effective, they can also be easily bypassed if someone knows your passcode.
Whether you want to hide apps from prying eyes or just keep your Home screen free of clutter, there are several ways to hide apps on your iPhone. You can use the App Library, Guided Access, Restrictions, a parental control app, or even a third-party app. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you set a secure passcode to protect your apps and data.