How to Hide Stock and Non-Stock Apps on iPhone and iPad

Did you know that you can hide apps on your iPhone? You can selectively hide stock apps or completely hide all the apps you downloaded (non-stock).

It’s an old feature, yeah, but for new users of iPhone who aren’t aware of the feature, here’s something to try tonight.

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Why Should you Hide Apps on iPhone/iPad?

A smartphone is a personal device but you’ve got kids, cousins, nephews, friends, and relatives peeping into your iPhone. And in some cases, this can be a little uncomfortable if you’ve got apps that are personal or apps with personal data.

I’ve got this problem where kids play games on the iPhone. I am okay with that but it so happens that the chance of the kids opening and playing around with apps like Mail, WhatsApp etc. are high. What if they open Skype and make a call?

And what about the iPad? It’s almost a family device. So How to Hide these Apps? There are two options:

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  • You can hide stock apps (selectively.)
  • You can hide ALL the downloaded apps.

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

With the introduction of Screen Time, Apple has completely revamped parental controls. Follow this complete guide to hide stock and third-party apps on your iOS device.

How to Hide Apps in iOS 11 or Earlier

Hide Stock Apps

Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on General.

Tap Settings Then General in iOS 9Step #2. Now, tap on Restrictions. You’ll have to enter the passcode for Restrictions (this is different from your iPhone passcode, depending on how you set it up.)

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Tap on Restrictions and Enter iPhone PasscodeStep #3. Under Allow, toggle off the apps you don’t want to display on the iPhone.

Toggle The Apps You Want to Hide on iPhone or iPadThat’s it. This was about hiding stock apps on your iDevice.

Hide Third-Party Apps

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:

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Step #1. Follow step #1. and #2 as above.

Step #2. Scroll down to Allowed Content and tap on Apps.

Tap on Apps Under Allowed Content Restrictions in iPhoneStep #3. Now, you can either choose which type of apps to hide (tap on the particular age group) or just tap Don’t Allow Apps to hide all the apps.

Hide Non-stock Apps on iPhone or iPadNow go back to your home screen, and you should find all the downloaded apps hidden.

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When you hide apps, they’re just hidden from the iPhone, not deleted. All the stock apps are 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.

That’s all, there is to it!

Over to You:

That’s how you can keep apps undercover and prevent anyone from bumping into them. Wish to shield your photos as well? We have made a roundup of the top photo vault apps that let you hide images and files. If you want to keep them concealed, check them out!

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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