StealthFolder: turn folders invisible on jailbroken devices

By , Dec 7, 2015

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Have you ever wanted the ability to hide a folder or app in plain sight on your iOS Home screen? StealthFolder is a new jailbreak tweak that lends such functionality to all jailbroken iPhone users.

With StealthFolder installed, all folders on the iOS Home screen are hidden, completely transparent, until you touch them. Once tapped, the folders open like normal, displaying their contents.

If you’re looking to hide specific apps, but don’t want the inconvenience of locking them down completely with Passcodes or Touch ID, then StealthFolder is a legitimate option.

Once installed, StealthFolder begins operating immediately. There are no options or settings to configure.

Any folders that you have already created on your Home screen will be hidden outright. This means that the mini app icon previews, the folder outline, and the label name of the folder is completely hidden from view, but it still takes up space on the Home screen.

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When you tap on a hidden folder, it zooms into view just like normal to display its contents. Unfortunately, the name of said folder will remain hidden, even when it’s open.

After closing a folder, iOS zooms back out to the Home screen, where the app icons inside the folder linger for just a second before abruptly disappearing. It’s certainly not the smoothest tweak on the block when it comes to animations and the like, but it works.

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A problem that you may encounter is when an app inside a folder receives a badge notification. When that happens, the badge is still displayed, even though the folder itself is hidden on the Home screen. This compromises the stealth state of the folder, which means that you should probably turn badge notifications off for any apps in the folder if you wish to maintain its stealthiness.

StealthFolder is a free jailbreak tweak that’s available now on the BigBoss repo. If you’re looking for a quick method for hiding apps in plain sight, and you understand its limitations, it’s worthy of your consideration.

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  • Dhaval Brahmbhatt

    While this might sound like a cool tweak, its not actually that useful in my opinion. The only way this tweak is useful is if the folder in question is in the last position on a given home screen.

    If it is right in the middle of other apps, like shown in screenshots above, its quite obvious something is strange.

    Why you would want to hide it is a big question but say you watned to do it because you didn’t want other using your phone or seeing it over your shoulders to see what apps you have in the hidden folder.

    Well, them kinda ppl will become even more curious when they see an empty space right in the middle of other apps and will tap on it right away.

    But if you keep it as the last position, its not strange at all, as if there are no more apps on this page.

    Badge issue is just a big, it just needs to go.

    Also, as a user yourself, you will need to remember all the apps you put in that hidden folder, otherwise it becomes invisible to you too.

    Dhaval

    • You make some valid points, for sure. I look at this tweak more as a “tidy” tweak though, not a true security-oriented release.

      • Tommy

        I agree, more of a tweak to fool friends haha.

      • Manoj Soni

        Hyf

  • andiebrust

    I find it quite useful. I got the pinterest, tumblr, behance and other “possible adult” apps on my phone. I also got 2 kids and this will limit the chance of them opening it and see things which aren´t for them 🙂

    • andiebrust

      Aaaand now I get the downside:
      Any folders that you have already created on your Home screen will be hidden outright. This means that the mini app icon previews, the folder outline, and the label name of the folder is completely hidden from view, but it still takes up space on the Home screen.

      This is plain useless then. There should be an on-off switch for the selected folders. So up, up and away with it.

      • Manoj Soni

        iOS 9.1 jailbreak I need

      • andiebrust

        I feel you mate. Glad my 9.0.1 stays stable. Scared to death each time a new tweak comes out who interests me but I fear it will destroy my jailbreak.
        Getting really used to a lot of neat little tweaks.
        Also I really like that Apple don´t like it. 🙂

  • Gustavo Curiel

    when I installed this tweak, it change the AppSwitcher background, it seems weird tho, but I already confirmed that this tweak is provoking the problem. The Background blur of the AppSwitcher it’s gone, and I prefer with the blur than without. what could I do?