Apple has changed the way we hide apps on iOS 12. If your device still running on iOS 11 or earlier, keep reading this article.
Whether you want to have more safeguard for your data or wish to stop naughty kids from unraveling explicit contents, you can hide certain apps on your iPhone and iPad. Apple ensures you have the needed command to prevent unauthorized access to apps, important features, and contents.
Restrictions, which is also known as Parental Controls, can be enormously helpful in offering essential privacy to your data. If you no longer want anyone to tinker with your device, you should take the full advantage of this feature.
So How to Hide these Apps?
- How to Hide Stock Apps on iPhone and iPad (selectively)
- How to Hide Downloaded Apps on iPhone and iPad
- How to Hide Photos, Videos, Notes and Documents on iPhone and iPad
Hide Stock Apps on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.
Step #2. Next, tap on Restrictions.
Step #3. Next up, tap on Enable Restrictions. Then, enter your Restrictions passcode and confirm.
Note: Make sure to remember your Parental Controls passcode as you will have go through lengthy steps to recover the forgotten Restrictions passcode.
Once you have enabled Restrictions, you can easily hide stock apps like Camera, FaceTime, Podcasts and more.
Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on General.
Step #2. Tap on Restrictions.
Step #3. Enter your iDevice’s Restrictions passcode.
Step #4. Now, turn off the switch next to the apps, which you want to hide.
For instance, you can prevent others from making the in-app purchase, deleting apps on your device. Besides, you will be able to hide Safari, Camera, iBooks Store, iTunes Store, etc.
This was about stock apps, now let’s check out the way to hide downloaded apps.
Hide Downloaded Apps on iPhone or iPad
Downloaded apps (which you got from the App Store) can be hidden based on their age-restrictions or completely. Here’s the simple step that does it:
Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on General.
Step #2. Tap Restrictions.
Step #3. Enter your iPhone/iPad restrictions passcode.
Step #4. Scroll down to Allowed Content and tap on Apps.
Step #5. Now, you can either choose which type of apps to allow (tap on the particular age group) or just tap Don’t Allow Apps to hide all the apps.
If you check your iPhone home screen, you should find all the downloaded apps hidden.
When you hide apps, they’re just hidden from the iPhone, not deleted. All the installed apps (and the stock apps) are very much still on your iPhone.
When you hide all downloaded apps and then unhide them again, the springboard icons will reset their positions. You can get the older positioning by syncing to iTunes.
Hide Photos, Videos, Notes and Documents on iPhone and iPad
Want to provide more protection for your photos, videos, and documents? Great. Head over to this post to browse through the best vault apps for iPhone and iPad and pick out the most suitable one to keep your images and docs under the wraps.
That’s all, folks!
So, that’s how you can keep your stuff concealed. You can take the full advantage of Parental Controls to have more control over your iOS device. Have any feedback about this feature? Let us know that in the comments below.
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