How to Hide Apps on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

How to Hide Apps on iPhone

Do you want to keep certain apps private or simply declutter your iPhone’s home screen? Luckily, there’s a way to hide apps on your iPhone without deleting them permanently. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of hiding apps on your iPhone.

Method 1: Using App Library

If you have iOS 14 or later installed on your iPhone, Apple introduced the App Library feature that allows you to hide specific app pages. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and go to the home screen.
  2. Step 2: Swipe left until you reach the last page of the home screen.
  3. Step 3: Continue swiping left until you see the App Library screen.
  4. Step 4: Once in the App Library, swipe down to reveal the search bar at the top of the screen.
  5. Step 5: Type the name of the app you want to hide in the search bar and locate it in the search results.
  6. Step 6: Press and hold on the app icon until a menu appears.
  7. Step 7: Tap on “Remove App” from the menu, then select “Remove from Home Screen”.

The app will now be removed from your home screen and can only be accessed through the App Library by swiping left until you find its respective category or by using the search bar at the top.

Method 2: Creating App Folders

If you prefer to keep your hidden apps organized and easily accessible, you can create app folders.

  • Step 2: Press and hold on any app icon until all the apps start jiggling.
  • Step 3: Drag one app icon onto another app icon to create a folder.
  • Step 4: Assign a name to the folder by tapping on the text field above the icons.
  • Step 5: Tap outside of the folder or press the home button to save the changes.
  • You can now add any apps you want to hide into this newly created folder. To access these hidden apps, simply tap on the folder icon on your home screen.

    Method 3: Restricting Apps with Screen Time

    If you want more control over app access, you can use Screen Time restrictions. Follow these steps:

    1. Step 1: Open “Settings” on your iPhone and tap on “Screen Time”.
    2. Step 2: Tap on “App Limits” and then select “Add Limit”.
    3. Step 3: Choose a category or select “All Apps & Categories”.
    4. Step 4: Set a time limit for each selected app or category.

    The selected apps will now be restricted based on your specified time limits. To access a restricted app, you will need to enter your Screen Time passcode.


    Now you know three different methods to hide apps on your iPhone. Whether you choose to use the App Library, create app folders, or implement Screen Time restrictions, you can keep your apps private and declutter your home screen. Experiment with these methods and find the one that suits your needs best.

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