How to See Hidden Files on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you suspect that there are hidden files on your iPhone? Hidden files can contain valuable information or take up unnecessary space on your device. In this article, we will guide you through the process of uncovering these hidden files and managing them effectively.

Method 1: Using the Files App

If you have iOS 11 or later installed on your iPhone, you can use the built-in Files app to access hidden files. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone. It is represented by a blue folder icon.
  2. Step 2: Tap on the “Browse” tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Step 3: Scroll down and find the “On My iPhone” or “On My iPad” section.

    Tap on it to expand.

  4. Step 4: Look for a folder named “Hidden.” If it exists, tap on it to access the hidden files within.


If you don’t see a “Hidden” folder, it means there are no hidden files stored in this location.

Method 2: Using iTunes

If you prefer using iTunes to manage your iPhone’s files, follow these steps to uncover hidden files:

  1. Step 1: Connect your iPhone to a computer that has iTunes installed.
  2. Step 2: Launch iTunes and select your device from the top left corner of the window.
  3. Step 3: Click on the “File Sharing” option in the left sidebar.
  4. Step 4: Scroll through the list of apps until you find the one you suspect has hidden files.
  5. Step 5: Select the app and analyze the files displayed on the right side. Look for any suspicious or hidden files.


Remember, not all apps support file sharing, so this method may not work for every app on your device.

Method 3: Using a Third-Party Tool

If the above methods didn’t help you find hidden files or if you want a more advanced approach, you can try using third-party tools like iExplorer or AnyTrans. These tools provide deeper access to your iPhone’s file system and can help you locate hidden files with ease.


When using third-party tools, always make sure to download them from trusted sources and follow their instructions carefully.

Managing Hidden Files

Now that you know how to uncover hidden files on your iPhone let’s discuss managing them:

  • Delete Unnecessary Files: Once you have identified hidden files that are no longer needed, delete them to free up storage space on your device.
  • Maintain Backup: Before making any changes to your iPhone’s file system, it is always recommended to create a backup of your data to prevent any accidental loss of important files.

Congratulations! You are now equipped with the knowledge to find and manage hidden files on your iPhone.

Remember to exercise caution when modifying or deleting these files as they may be essential for the functioning of certain apps or system processes. Happy exploring!

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