How to Hide Apps in iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad

Often get concerned about your favorite apps? Why not conceal apps on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 to prevent anyone from bumping into them?

Despite the additional security, I’m always concerned about the personal data. And one of the tricks that I use to shield the apps is to keep them out of sight. With the introduction of a more comprehensive parental control, the process of hiding apps in iOS 12 is slightly different than iOS 11 or earlier.

For a change, Restriction is now the part of “Screen Time”—a new feature that lets you take control of your iPhone usage. Therefore, some of you may get confused and even wonder where Restriction has gone!

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Except for a few core apps, iOS lets you hide stock apps individually. However, there is no such option to bury third-party apps on an individual basis. However, you can choose to conceal apps on an age basis. For instance, you will be able to keep the 17+ apps hidden to ensure they remain away from your naughty little kid.  Enough talk, let me show you how it works!

How to Hide Apps on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 12

Quick navigation:

How to Hide the Stock Apps in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Note: There are some stock apps like Settings, Photos, Health, which can’t be hidden. However, you get the option to keep other apps like Camera, Mail, Safari out of sight.

Keep in mind, to get started; you need to first enable Screen Time on your device. To do so, head over to this complete guide.

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Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Now, tap on Screen Time → Next, Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Tap on Settings then Screen Time then Content and Privacy in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Next up, turn on the switch next to Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Enable Content & Privacy Restrictions in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

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Step #3. Up next, tap on Allowed Apps and then turn off the switch next to each app you wish to keep under the wrap.

Hide Stock Apps in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

That’s it!

You successfully have put the first party apps undercover. Check out; they are not available on the screen. They won’t appear even in the search result.

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If you ever want to bring them back, follow the same steps mentioned above and then turn on the switch next to the apps you want to show again.

How to Hide Downloaded Apps in iOS 12

Follow the first 2 steps as above.

Step #3. Next, tap on Content Restrictions → Next up, tap on Apps.

Tap on Content Restrictions then Tap on Apps in iOS 12 on iPhone

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Step #4. Up next, if you want to conceal all of your downloaded apps, select Don’t Allow Apps.

Hide Apps in iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad

Depending on your need, you can choose to hide the apps on age-basis. For example, if you don’t want your little kid to have an interface with the apps that are for 17+ people, select this option under Don’t Allow Apps.

At any time, you want to change your mind and make these apps appear on the screen again. Follow the same steps explained above and select Allow All Apps in the end.

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Video: How to Hide Apps in iOS 12 on Your iPhone or iPad

That’s all!

Wrapping up

Now that you know how to keep your apps buried; make the most of the trick. I wish there were an option to conceal specific applications. What do you think?

Earlier, we had made a roundup of the best vault apps that let you hide photos and files. So, if you want to offer them a strong shield, give them a shot.

Another simple way of keeping some of the unwanted apps out of the way is to put them in a folder. Agreed, it’s not a perfect way, but if you want to keep the screen uncluttered, it can do a pretty good job.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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