Pro Tip: How to Put Newsstand in a Folder on iOS 5

By , Oct 13, 2011

Newsstand is a pre-made folder that provides iOS 5 users with an easy way to access digital subscriptions. But it’s a bit annoying for the folks who don’t use it, as its icon can’t be placed in other folders. Luckily, there’s a workaround.

There’s a nice little tidbit floating around the web from The Coding Massacre regarding Newsstand. As it turns out, there’s a small glitch in iOS that allows you to place the icon in a folder without the need to jailbreak

It’s quite simple really. Just create a folder by dragging one app icon on top of another. As iOS is creating the folder, quickly drag Newsstand into the group. You have to move fast, as the window of eligibility doesn’t last long. But it works.

This trick does come with a consequence. If you try to open Newsstand while it’s in a folder, iOS 5 crashes. So, we wouldn’t recommend this for folks that want to actually use Newsstand. But for the ones who won’t ever touch it, this is a great find.

You can drag Newsstand out of the folder to start using it again.

Here are some more screenshots of Newsstand in action:

What do you think of Newsstand?

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  • Absenm

    Wonderful. The first thing I tried to do after installing iOS 5 was drag that thing into my Apple Junk folder. Glad there is a work around. I hope when they fix that glitch they also provide a setting to hide newsstand.

    • http://facebook.com/zebmcbride Zeb M McBride

      It doesn’t work for me. I have iPhone 4

    • http://facebook.com/zebmcbride Zeb M McBride

      It doesn’t work for me. I have an iPhone 4 and I tried what you’ve published as soon as I began using old 5

  • Whammy!

    …like a charm. Thanks for this.

  • Justin

    Yup. Works. The crash works too. Had to try and open it, I’m curious.

  • Alon

    or… you can download a free tweak from “BigBoss” at Cydia called “NoNewsIsGoodNews” which will make your newsstand disappear!

    • v00v

      why not just hide it with sbsettings:p

      • Fjghg

        It doesn’t work.

  • Lappygirl

    Thank you so much for sharing that! All is right in my world again ;-)

  • http://www.twitter.com/titogeorgie Tito Georgie

    Thank you :)

  • Pepper

    Haha I love it! Works great for people like me that are still waiting for untethered JB. As for that suggestion for “nonewsisgoodnews”.. Don’t people have SBsettings? Just poof that shit..

    • Fjghg

      SBSettings can’t poof it. It doesn’t work.

  • Jimmy

    Brilliant tip, thanks :)

  • Josh

    SEX SEX SEX. Ok, now, I have a question:

    Could you tell me THE EXACT issues that iPad Baseband 06.15.00 causes on the iPhone 3GS? Is it VERY LIKELY that I will lose GPS? And most importantly, will I lose push notifications?

    Please answer, gotta make up my mind quickly. Thanks a lot

  • MrA

    I love you Cody.

  • P0NY

    Thank you for the tip !

  • Absenm

    To those who keep posting about SBsettings. This was about a nonjailbreak trick. We know about JB work arounds. There are many of us who choose not to jailbreak, in particular with no untethered. But this post was about nonJB so knock it off about SBsettings in something not about jail breaking. It’s unhelpfull and annoying.

  • Absenm

    Btw. Don’t get me wrong about jail breaking. I think the JB communitee is the #1 reason for a ton of the great features in iOS 5. We’d be screwed without all the jail breakers in the world. My beef is with this post being a nonJB post.

  • Caitlin

    I was able to place it in a folder, but as soon as I launched the app, springboard crashed. So much for that tip.

    • MrA

      From the article you’re commenting on…
      “This trick does come with a consequence. If you try to open Newsstand while it’s in a folder, iOS 5 crashes.”

      So much for reading comprehension.

      • Absenm

        Yeah. Seems like a lot of people wanted to just vent instead of actually read the whole article.

  • Fro

    Worked like a charm. Thanks for the tip.

  • 50017

    The app will go back to the home screen once u finished syncing.. Did anyone encounter that issue?

    • Absenm

      May I reference the article and the comment a few back? To put it bluntly. Once in a folder Newsstand is useless and will error. This particular error, as It’s mentioned very obviously in the original article, will cause this issue. Come on people, you are exploiting a glitch. Were you silly enough to think working a GLITCH would work perfect otherwise. “Hey everyone, John Doe has a broken leg. Why can’t he tackle?”. I’d like to go one day not wanting to strangle somebody.

      • http://rulethenation.com Pukka

        This exact issue was not in the article.

  • Shannon

    So…I was hoping I could put my news apps in Newsstand. :/ (Apps, not actual magazines)

  • Mo Da

    I can hide it into another folder, but it rebootes my iphone4 after I open Newsstand!!!

  • Sam

    Thanks!

  • http://www.door2windows.com Kishan Bagaria

    You can also add a folder inside another folder. Same trick and will crash as usual if opened.

    • http://facebook.com/zebmcbride Zeb M McBride

      I had tried putting folders in folders back when iOS 4 came out for the 4th gen iPod touch. I can’t get newsstand in a folder on my iPhone 4

    • http://facebook.com/zebmcbride Zeb M McBride

      I had tried putting folders in folders back when iOS 4 came out for the 4th gen iPod touch.

    • Zeb M McBride

      I had tried putting folders in folders back when iOS 4 came out on my 4th gen iPod touch.

  • http://facebook.com/zebmcbride Zeb M McBride

    I had tried putting folders in folders back when iOS 4 came out for the 4th gen iPod touch. Didn’t do that then, still doesn’t do it now.. I can’t get newsstand in a folder on my iPhone 4

  • JMC

    Works but Newstand app will not open on my 3GS after hidden in folder.
    iPhone crashes when you try to open and reboots.
    Additionally the app icon doeso not show up once hidden in the folder. Weird.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Doesn’t work in iOS 6