How to hide apps on iPhone

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Your iPhone can quickly become overloaded with apps if you go on a downloading spree in the App Store. If you plan on keeping them for certain situations but want to clean up your home screen then don't fret because there's a way to hide your rarely used apps.

If you're wondering how to get rid of apps on your iPhone without having to delete them, follow our step-by-step guide on how to hide app icons on your iPhone. 

How to hide apps on your iPhone 

Thanks to the introduction of iOS 14 during the lead-up to the iPhone 12, it's incredibly easy to customize your home screen. In fact, there are two ways to hide any unwanted apps from plain sight. 

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  • On your iPhone's home screen, tap and long press on an open space on your home screen.
  • Tap on the minus symbol in the upper-left corner of the app tile you wish to hide.
  • Select "Remove from Home Screen."

That's it. Once you're selected "Remove from Home Screen," the app will be moved to the App Library, which can be accessed by swiping left on the last page. If you're looking to get rid of an entire page of apps, there's no need to repeat the same process for every app. 

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  • On your iPhone's home screen, tap and long press on an open space on your home screen.
  • At the bottom of the screen, tap on the bar with dots
  • Tap the checkmark below the page of apps you want to hide.

There you have it. Hiding apps get make finding the ones you constantly use a lot easier to find. Speaking of, if you're looking to make your favorite iPhone apps stand out, check out how to change app icons on your iPhone.

For plenty more ways to customize your iPhone, check out these 14 iOS tips and tricks.

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.