Hiding Stock and Non-Stock Apps or Icons on Your Apple Device

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Very often, most smartphones and phablets come with a whole lot of apps or icons that you hardly use.

Your favorite Apple device is hardly an exception and you are not likely to want to see them along with the apps or icons that you use on a day to day basis. The main reason for this is that they tend to clutter up your screen and make it difficult for you to find your preferred app or icon. Although they cannot be eliminated from your handset, with the iOS 9 and higher versions, you can hide or virtually ‘delete’ them to display only those icons and apps that you would like to see on your screen. You can also group similar apps together for a more organized look.

How to Hide Stock Apps

Stock apps are those apps that come pre-loaded on your Apple device but are not likely to be used by you. While your handset does not allow you to delete these apps, here is how you can stop them from showing up on your screen. The whole process is very simple and takes not more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the Settings menu and select the General option. Scroll down till you get to Restrictions and tap the Enable Restrictions option under this option. It is very important that this setting is activated for you to proceed further. When you open the Restrictions screen, you will be prompted for a four-digit passcode. Once you give these details, you will be shown the Allow section that highlights list of apps that are visible on the home screen. Use the slider button next to the appropriate apps that you want to hide to stop them from showing on your display screen. That is all you need to do.

Some of the standard stock apps on your iPhone or iPad are Safari, Podcasts, and FaceTime to name just a few.

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How to Hide Non-Stock Apps

Non-stock apps or apps downloaded from the app store can also be hidden from view. While this may take a couple of steps more than what is needed for stock apps, the process is just about as simple. In fact, the initial few steps are just the same. Here is how you hide these apps.

Follow the same steps as above up to the point where you open the Restrictions screen. In this screen, scroll down until you reach the Apps option under the Allowed Content sub-section. Tap on Apps to open the Allow Apps Rated screen. You are now presented with two options for hiding the non-stock apps. The first option is Don’t Allow Apps, which is used to hide all the downloaded apps from your screen. The other method of hiding is to hide age appropriate apps. You can choose one or more age groups mentioned. Note that you can also select all age groups listed. Based on your selection, the age appropriate apps will not appear on your Apple gadget.

How to Hide Your Apps in a Folder

It is worth noting that you can also collectively place the all stock apps that are to be hidden in a folder and place the folder in a remote corner of the screen. However, you must also bear in mind that setting the Don’t Allow Apps option to ON and then OFF and once again to ON status removes the apps from the folder and places them in their original positions on the screen. Moving the desired apps to a folder is just as easy as the above two procedures. Just follow the simple steps mentioned below and you are done.

Tap on an app icon and continue pressing it with your finger till it appears to start shaking. Once this happens, try moving it on to the top of another icon. You will automatically be prompted to create a folder. Name the folder with an appropriate name. It is a good idea to give an appropriate name such as ‘Unused’. This can make it easy for you to look out for the hidden apps later if you change your mind and want to unhide them. The two apps are now by default placed inside the folder. You can continue dragging other apps into the folder.

Remember that all the hidden apps do not actually get deleted from your Apple device. They only get ‘virtually’ deleted in order not to get displayed. You can always revoke your settings to once again bring their icons to the forefront.

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