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Aside from disabling the iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Podcasts apps on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad using iOS’s Restrictions feature, Apple doesn’t yet provide an officially sanctioned way of removing stock apps from your Home screen.

This can be particularly annoying for people who rely on third-party alternatives to Apple’s default apps like Reminders, Maps or Calendar.

My preferred way of working around this limitation involves tucking away any unwanted stock app inside a “Junk” folder. Thankfully, YouTubber Jose Rodriguez has found a better way to temporarily hide icons of Apple’s stock apps on iOS versions from iOS 9 onward using a simple trick that doesn’t require a jailbreak.

To temporarily hide any stock app in iOS 9 or later, do the following:

Step 1: Tap and hold on any app icon on the Home screen.

Step 2: When the icons on your Home screen start to wiggle, drag the icon of the app you want to hide over another app’s icon, without letting go of the finger.

Step 3: This will create a folder. Now drag the app’s icon to the second page of the folder and let go of the finger.

Step 4: Next, drag the icon to the folder’s third page but don’t take your finger off it.

Step 5: Finally, drag the app’s icon to either edge of the folder while simultaneously pressing the Home button.

Now the app in question should remain temporarily hidden. This trick exploits a bug in iOS so it may not work in future versions of the operating system.

And here’s a video of that workaround in action.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t actually delete the app as you can still launch it from Spotlight Search. Additionally, any app hidden this way will reappear after restarting your iOS device.

Rodrigues has also shared another, somewhat convoluted method of hiding apps using invisible folders, as shown on the video below.

That method also works on non-jailbroken iOS 9.0 devices, but the apps remain permanently hidden in invisible folders, even after you restart your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The main downside to this trick is that you cannot do it with any wallpaper, it only works with a grey background. You may not be able to get this clunky trick to work on the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus.

Source: Jose Rodriguez

  • MadeInNY

    Why would you waste your time on this? It’s a sisyphean thing to do. You just keep rolling the boulder up the hill and it just keeps rolling back down. If you don’t like how Apple forces you do conform to their way of doing things, you should not use Apple’s stuff. When enough people do this, they’ll either change or go out of business.

  • Scott Curry

    Ok so besides the Apple fanboy-hateism displayed in the last comment….

    This does seem much more difficult than just putting them in their own folder. Besides, what do you do if you actually find a use for an app you’ve ‘hidden’? How do you get it back?

    • okhoo

      You can simply restart your device

      • Justin Bates

        Then what’s the point? It would get super annoying having to do this every time you had to restart your phone

      • okhoo

        Yeah well is there another way to hide your apps?

      • Scott Curry

        Yes. Hide them away in a folder on another page. They’re there if I need them and left alone if I don’t. I agree with Justin.

      • okhoo

        You go do that then. I don’t have an iPhone any more so I really don’t care

      • Scott Curry

        If you don’t really care, then why are you even here? Bye Felicia…

      • okhoo