How to create blank folder names, no jailbreak required

By , Sep 16, 2013

Cup of Starbucks Coffee

Even if you don’t like coffee, you still might fancy downloading the official Starbucks app. That’s because it allows you to create blank folder names on a non-jailbroken device.

I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out. Whenever you use the Starbucks app to create a folder, the folder name is completely empty, and you can save it like that on your Home screen.

Normally, at least on non-jailbroken devices, you’re not able to create a folder without a name. Even if you ‘x’ out the name, or try to use spaces for the name, iOS forces you to use the original name of the folder. That is, of course, unless you try out this bizarre little trick. Check out our video showing how it works inside.

Special thanks to @joshuaefels for dropping us a line about this. We know that it’s easy to create blank folder names on jailbroken devices, but we can’t remember ever being able to do so on a stock iOS device.

https://twitter.com/joshuaefels/status/378296695425347584

We imagine that the Starbucks app isn’t the only app to make this happen. Have you found any other apps that allow you to do the same thing?

Update: Okay, it looks like a lot of the Apps from the “Food & Drink” category do this. For example, the Better Homes & Garden app. So if coffee isn’t you thing, you have choices, people.

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  • Josh

    Cool looks so nice

  • SimonOrJ

    I’m getting Starbucks app just for this. Really cool trick! XD

    • Jeroen Claassens

      Totally agreed haha! Specially considering that I can never come up with appropriate folder names!

  • Tobias9413

    There’s also a glitch/trick allowing you to hide icons on ios7 no jailbreak needed. Idk if anyone is interested but I can tell you how. it’s pretty simple. You can still find the icon if you search for it though. Still cool though.
    Edit: spell I cannot

    • Hannon

      How?

      • tw23777

        Create an app that u can download from the internet (doesn’t need to be signed) it only needs to have Info.plist. Put the unique identifier string as the same from the app you would like to hide.
        So when you download it, it will take its place, but since it’s not signed it won’t download and you will have to delete it which causes it to hide the original app.

        There are also websites/web apps which allow you to do this.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Hey idb!! Fifa 14′s out

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Is it a freemium POS?

  • ehX

    “So if coffee isn’t you thing, you have choices, people.”

    Besides the typo, this is my favorite sentence of the article.

  • Guest

    After playing with this trick. I was able to create a blank page just by dragging all of my remaining apps to my second page.

    No Jailbreak required.

    • Manny Carranza

      This has always been possible I’ve been doing it since iOS 4

    • James Cook

      Where did you get that wallpaper? its really good

    • Jeroen Claassens

      At least still on iOS 6 it was possible to have X amount of SB pages, then create X+1 page and drag all icons from page X to X+1 until the very first page was empty and iOS wouldn’t “delete” the first SB page to fill it up with icons. I don’t know if this still works on iOS 7 as I am currently only owning an iPod 4th gen.

    • Abdl

      Please i need your wallpaper. Thanks

  • http://journeyintoforever.com/ Jorin Cowley

    You can also add it to your dock, thanks for the tip!

  • James

    cool until the bug is fixed.

    • bob

      or it will maybe not be fixed

    • Anthony Gilera

      You can also use a “half space”, to replicate the no name folder, instead. This one might not be fixed since it can be done even on iOS 6. This is a half space > ( ‍) [Its between the parenthesis].

  • Eric Wang

    You can actually easily create blank folder names by typing a space in the box.

    • Palmer Paul

      Read the article…and also, why don’t you try it for yourself (I’d /love/ to know if you succeed).

      • Eric Wang

        Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t realize

  • Sherlock EB

    I’ve figured it out earlier, but I’m pretty sure app wasn’t Starbucks for me

  • hkgsulphate

    how much did Starbucks pay Apple?

    • jocastro

      nothing, its a glitch…

  • Liam Mulcahy

    cool

  • Guest

    You can glitch wiggle mode to have working nested folders. (Folder in a Folder)

  • Anthony Gilera

    You can glitch wiggle mode to have working nested folders. (Folder in a Folder)

    • John Sklikas

      How? Tell us the trick :)

      • Anthony Gilera

        Step 1: Make sure the folder you want to nest and the nesting folder are on the same springboard page. (Put the two folders on one page)

        Step 2: Initiate wiggle mode.

        Step 3 “The Glitch”: Tap and hold on the app you want to nest, and right after triple click the home button. This should bring up the multitasking.

        Step 4: Go back to the homescreen through the multitasking menu.
        If you see all the other Apps / Folders wiggling and the folder just mysteriously floating without a finger holding down on it you have successfully done the glitch and move on to step 6.

        Step 5: If not. Then all you have to do is retry the glitch by simultaneously holding down on the greyed out folder and double clicking the home button and going back to the homescreen. Until you see the symptoms (from Step 4) of apps wiggling in the background and one mysteriously floating folder.

        Step 6: Go in to another folder and the glitched folder will magically follow you in. Then press the homebutton and the folder will stay nested there as long as you like.

        Step 7: Say “I am a magical genius!” out loud so your friend can hear you.

        Note: Its all just timing, really.

      • John Sklikas

        You are a magical genius, I made it :D You should tweet Jeff, Sebastien or Christian about this and they will make it a post ;) If you don’t have Twitter let me know and I will do it for you :)

      • Anthony Gilera

        Haha awesome! I should, I can tweet it to them.

      • bob

        are you on ios 6?

      • Guest

        No I am not. Though I think there is a similar trick for iOS 6 (Non-Jailbroken), but it kicks iOS into respring once you open a folder inside a folder.

      • bob

        sebastien liked your coment! so he knows. well I’m trying this,

      • Anthony Gilera

        I figured out a Faster way! haha

        Replace step 2 with this:

        Step 2: Hold on to the folder you want to nest. Then simultaneously double click the homebutton before the springboard kicks in to wiggle mode. This should start the glitch. And continue on to Step 6 (from the previous guide).

        Note: Again its all about timing.
        And the unrevised guide earlier is just the “fool proof” way. This one is much quicker but requires good timing.

      • John Sklikas

        I accidentally did it that way on my 3rd attempt as these methods are pretty much the same and it is easier for me that way ;)

      • Anthony Gilera

        Pretty much. Haha

      • Anthony Gilera

        You can only go 11 folders deep. So don’t you guys go try making Folderception cause it will crash your springboard haha.

  • Anthony Gilera

    You can also use a “half space” as the folder name, to replicate the no name folder, instead. This one might not be fixed in future iOS updates since it can even be done even on iOS 6. This is a half space > ( ‍) [Its between the parenthesis].

    • Chris

      How do you create the “half space” ?

    • Wessel van Hulssen

      Thanks, works perfectly!