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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.

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How to Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad

So How to Hide these Apps?

How to Hide Stock Apps on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone 8-8-Plus-7-7-Plus

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Step #2. Next, tap on Restrictions.

Tap on Restrictions in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Next up, tap on Enable Restrictions. Then, enter your Restrictions passcode and confirm.

Enable Restrictions on iPhone or iPad

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.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone 8-8-Plus-7-7-Plus

Step #2. Tap on Restrictions.

Tap on Restrictions Again in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Enter your iDevice's Restrictions passcode.

Enter Restrictions Passcode on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Now, turn off the switch next to the apps, which you want to hide.

Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad

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.

How to 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.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone 8-8-Plus-7-7-Plus

Step #2. Tap Restrictions.

Tap on Restrictions Again in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Enter your iPhone/iPad restrictions passcode.

Enter Restrictions Passcode on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Scroll down to Allowed Content and tap on Apps.

Tap on Apps under Allowed Content in iPhone Settings

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.

Hide Apps on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

That's it!

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.

How to 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!

Your turn:

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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Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

  • randall young

    There’s another way also… Fill your first page of your home screen up with apps. “make sure you have a folder on the bottom line.” Put the app that you want to hide in the dock. Press and hold the app that you want to hide while double pressing the home button. This will put you in wiggle mode also in multitask mode. Go back to the home screen, open the folder app on the bottom row, the press the home button. Boom! It’s gone. Keep in mind, when you reboot your device, the app comes back.