How to hide Newsstand on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, no jailbreak required

By , Oct 8, 2012

Although I occasionally use Newsstand, I can plainly see why many deem it to be worthless. Almost all of my friends have Newsstand apps that look just like the screenshot above — empty. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be great if Apple didn’t force the app upon you?

I mean, it’s not even really an app after all, it’s a folder, yet Apple forces you to keep it on your Home screen with no way to hide it. Most people who really hate the app, and don’t have the luxury of a jailbreak, relegate Newsstand to the last page of their Home screen, but this latest Mac app one-ups that solution.

Like previous tricks that allowed you to place Newsstand in a folder, Filippo Bigarella’s StifleStand does something similar. StifleStand, though, is much more easy to execute, because it doesn’t require any special timing on your part.

The best thing about StifleStand is that it doesn’t require a jailbreak, which makes it entirely possible to hide the Newsstand app on the iPhone 5, or any other iOS device for that matter. Take a look inside as I show off the easy to follow process on video…

As you can see from the video, the entire process take less than a few seconds.

To hide your Newsstand app using StifleStand, do the following:

Step 1: Download and open StifleStand (Mac only).

Step 2: Plug in your iOS device running iOS 5 or higher. Make sure that StifleStand detects your device.

Step 3: Find the Newsstand folder on your device.

Step 4: Click the Hide Newsstand button on StifleStand.

Step 5: You should see your Newsstand app icon disappear, and a folder take its place. The folder is named Magic by default, and the Newsstand app icon will now reside within that folder.

The new Magic folder behaves just like any normal folder in iOS. You can rename the folder, and populate it with additional apps. If you want to remove Newsstand from the folder, simply place your device into wiggle mode, and drag out the Newsstand app icon. You can always run StifleStand again if you wish to hide it in the future.

Keep in mind that if you’re one of the few who actually use Newsstand, then you want to keep it outside of a folder. If it’s in a folder, then trying to launch Newsstand will kick your back to your Lock screen.

StifleStand is now available from developer Filippo Bigarella. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s a staple in the jailbreak community. Bigarella has developed apps like Springtomize 2, and Unlock FX. If you have a jailbroken device, be sure to check out his apps and tweaks.

As you might have guessed, StifleStand is Mac OS X only, but there might be a Windows equivalent in the future. If you’re running Windows, and you’d desperately like to hide your Newsstand app icon, you can always install a Tweak like Ryan Petrich’s NoNewsIsGoodNews, but again, you’d have to be jailbroken in order to pull that off.

What do you think about StifleStand? Do you plan on using it to hide your Newsstand app icon? If so, sound off in the comments below.

Update: Good news, Windows users. Filippo says a Windows version should be available within the next week.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

    Mac only? :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

      “Update: Good news, Windows users. Filippo says a Windows version should be available within the next week.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        Yeah I saw that thanks. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/LethoeshatedadedicatedfatherGreen Keith Green

      Yes. Mac only. For us pure apple fan boys. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        I would so get a Mac, but they are way overpriced

      • Kurt

        i’d get a mac and put windows 8 on it. if the mac was touchscreen. or just get a touchscreen dell since they got inspired by apple and all

      • http://twitter.com/Jagg1994 Jose

        Go on Ebay, I bought my MacBook Pro (Early 2011) last year for only $888. Great price and the Mac was only a month old and still was new. Comparing that to $1200, I saved money.

      • Kayneeezy

        I paid close to $3000 for my 15″ Retina Pro! :(

      • http://twitter.com/Jagg1994 Jose

        On eBay?

      • Siallus

        Mac is overpriced garbage. I’d rather spend $800 to build my own super computer with 2TB memory and enough processing power to do whatever the hell I want and more. That’s virtually impossible for mac users regardless of what you pay. Let’s just say you spend that $800 to buy a mac though, what do you get? Half a laptop. Just by quickly browsing the Apple Store I see nothing for under $1000. Is there any other arguments to be made here?

    • Omer Osman

      Is this use of exploits?

      • Dlevi309

        No. It uses the bug found in 5.0 that allowed users to do this. This is just a plist edit I’m guessing

  • http://twitter.com/MrJemRoxas Jem Roxas

    What will happen if you open Newsstand inside the folder?

    • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kirchner Colby Kirchner

      Then off to the lockscreen you go

      • http://twitter.com/MrJemRoxas Jem Roxas

        What I mean is, will newsstand open normally or will it have a sort of respring?

    • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

      Respring…

    • http://twitter.com/tech4789 Brian Mitchell

      Springboard will crash and restart.

    • Nicolas Loots

      Your iPhone will explode and a purple unicorn will rise out of the ashes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Packetfahrer Rene Weber

    I want it. Any way for Windows??

    • No Whammy

      Yeah, from Windows, go to http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MD223LL/A? then click Add to Cart. Follow the instructions after that.

      • RushNY

        That’s an expensive newsstand hider.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SpideyRules Scott Curry

        You’re a jackass…

      • Kurt

        haha…i ain’t trying that method out :)

  • Brian

    Better, still, subscribe to the Guardian (UK) and put it on the shelf.

  • http://twitter.com/IAmZak Zak O’Neill

    Ahh the joys of being a Mac user for once

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      Because Mac users are the computer illiterate.

      • Yujin

        Nope, we have servants that’s different hahaha

      • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

        The majority of jailbreak tools usually release for Mac first. I think your point is invalid.

      • RushNY

        Because most iphone devs are apple fans, obviously they would release it on the platform they prefer first.

      • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

        Doesn’t mean all Mac users are computer illiterate though.

      • jorith

        I think this has nothing to do with a preferance for a certain operating system. More with the fact its just that much easyer to work on a mac, if your working for ios(jailbreak tweak or even just an appstore app) then it is on a windows or even linux machine.

      • Kayneeezy

        You kinda have a point.. Computers shouldn’t be for computer scientists only.. They should be for everyone.. hence the Mac.. Empower everyone!

    • http://twitter.com/drewstone2 drewstone

      give ctr+alt+del a shot, maybe that will work.

  • Milad Khahil

    It’s funny that mine was hiding in my iPhone 4S and when i got my iphone 5 was still hiding after , maybe the iCloud back up kept it … Weird !!!

    • Erny Carrillo

      I have iblank which creates blank icons so i can have a page of pure wallpaper, abd wierd thing, my phone kept it too. Pretty nice i guess!

    • Kurt

      nice :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    this is lame

  • Martin

    Looks like I bought my Mac just in time.

  • Armando

    Brilliant!! Now, if only I were skilled enough to jailbreak my iPhone 5…

  • http://www.facebook.com/gterebesi Gábor Terebesi

    when will it be available for download?

  • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

    Now available. Link is in the post. Thanks for your patience.

  • http://twitter.com/satropuk  Steven Portas

    Dude is amazing! How long have I want to hide that “app” for… day one!

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    The app is now available for download. See the post for download link.

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    i don’t use Newstand and i cant be bothered to hide it.

  • dan

    well i have a vmware haha mac i have mac and windows

    • Guest

      I have both Mac and Windows without any virtual machines. Your argument is invalid

      • EpicFacepalm

        Here have my nickname:
        :Epic-Facepalm:

  • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

    windows version???

  • http://www.facebook.com/docjr25 Greg Sicard

    Isn’t working for me. I have a Mac Book Pro and the iPhone 5. StifleStand says “done” but the Newstand still remains outside of a folder. Any suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/Bonhomme7hrs Bonhomme 7h

    It’s not working on my iPhone 5…
    Stiflestand says it’s “done” but it’s not… #FML #FirstWorldProblem

    What’s wrong?

  • http://www.GoldenGateDomains.com/ Golden Gate Domains

    I’m looking forward to the Windows version – that Newstand has annoyed me ever since Day 1 – and Jeff you are right, I hid it on the very last page too!!!

  • Andrew Weissman

    It is not working =( I connect my iPod to my Mac and click the button and it doesn’t do anything =(

    • Andrew Weissman

      Nevermind. I got it to work. I just restarted the app and it took care of it. Future reference: Connect your iDevice PRIOR to opening the StifleStand app.

  • http://twitter.com/wmyolo William Melendez

    thank you sir !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fernando-Pena/1179619252 Fernando Pena

    what happens if you try to run the newstand?

    • Thyago Quintas

      Refresh the screen.
      It’s the same that create a folder and faster drag the newsstand to the new folder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanjames.christensen Ryan James Christensen

    Can you reverse it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.bean.14 Joel Bean

    NoNewsIsGoodNews in Cydia.

  • Crowned_59

    ahh finally I dont have to see that eyesore of an icon anymore

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

    Awesome!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amir.maky.3 Amir Maky

    on ios 5 jailbreak tweak: nonewsisgoodnews got killed

    • http://www.facebook.com/joel.bean.14 Joel Bean

      Working for me (5.1.1)

  • TheDarxide

    Jeez** Fuc*** Chr*** .. it’s a tweak for iOS.. why does everyone have to base it on Mac vs. PC?? Mac, PC, Linux, Pi.. who cares, but the end result on an iDevice! If it’s that big a deal to get a Mac program to run.. install VMWare on your damn PC.. and run Mac OSX like I do!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

      I have amd, so it doesn’t work… And where is the Mac vs. pc debate? I see nothing. O.o

    • Kurt

      vmware (dot)com? that has so many products on their site. which do you use?

  • http://twitter.com/n0m0n_ n0m0n

    Not working for me either on my iPhone5.
    Tried it on my iMAC, Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion.
    It sees my device and says done but nothing happens.

    • http://twitter.com/johnlocke2342 Obi-Wan Mustacchi

      Doesn’t work on my 4S either

    • http://www.facebook.com/armin.mandel.1 Armin Mandel

      Doesn’t work for me either (iPhone5) :(

  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    Tried it and it worked perfectly and I really like it.

  • Armando

    Did not work. :-(

  • Guest

    Thats awesome. Can we get a windows version too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

    HAHAHA! Wow no windows version damit? Ever heard of a virtual machine ?^^
    Works like a charm thanks :D

    @ Jeff u should make a tutorial on how to setup virtual machines for some of these people..

  • http://twitter.com/Zackehh9lives Zack Whitfield

    Windows version is out (:

  • sugimulm

    Doesn’t work. Followed instructions on the video and still there, any help would be nice please. iPhone 5 with Macbook Pro.

  • http://twitter.com/MOBSTERCUPCAKE JANE DOE SALINGER

    Good practice is to connect the device before opening the app that you wish to use with the device. Less room for error.