Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How to hide apps' icons on the iPhone (without jailbreak)

Apple's iOS is known for being easy to use... unless you're trying to get rid of the apps Apple insists on placing on your iPhone and iPad. Thankfully, there's an easy way to hide it all away, and you don't even need jailbreak to do it.

Being forced to have apps laying around on your iPhone screen, even if you have no intention of ever using it, is something that most users have grown to be so used to, that they don't even question that this is far from normal or desirable. Why should anyone have to keep apps like: Stocks, Compass, Calculator, Voice Memos, Tips, Wallet, Watch, if they don't want to?

Most users deal with this by throwing these apps to a "spam folder" and tucking it away in the farthest reaches of their home screens. But if that's not enough, there's a way to actually remove those (or any other) apps from sight, and it's quite easy to do.

The trick is to place the apps inside a folder, and then move the app to the next folder blank page. Then, release the app and do the same as if you tried to move it to the following (non-existent) blank page, and while you're still holding on to the app icon, press the home button... and the app icon simply runs away from sight. (You can see it in action in the following video, which makes it easier to understand.)

Keep in mind this simply hides the app icon. The app is still available if you access via spotlight (or other apps). And should you want to get the icons back, all it takes is a simple reboot.

Some may call it a bug, but I bet this is actual an easter egg put in place by iOS developers who don't like having all these system apps using up valuable screen space on their iPhone's screens. ;P

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