How to Hide Apps on iPhone from others?

If you are handing your iPhone to someone else for a while, you cannot always be sure that the person would not dare do anything fishy with your iDevice. Thus the best safety measure you can take is to hide all your apps from the usual field of view of the user, especially if you have given the iPhone to kids.

As you have paid a lot of bucks for this device, you simply cannot compromise with what is there in your iPhone.

Here in this article we would discuss about how to hide apps on iPhone.

Though there are no specific conventional methods to hide your apps on your iPhone, but few tricks and trades have been devised by smart users across the web to resolve the issue. The methods are mentioned below in the article.

Method #1: Hide Stock iPhone Apps


Stock iPhone apps can be hidden in the same way the third-party apps are deleted. This means that even if you delete them, they are not completely removed from the system, and can be retrieved with all its previous settings restored by simply downloading them again from the App Store. To hide a Apple stock app on iPhone, you can follow the given instructions:

Step 1. Tap the app you want to delete on the home screen until all other apps also start wiggling.

Step 2. Now; tap on the X icon on the corner of the stock app you want to delete, and the app will be deleted.

Step 3. In a way, it is hidden. But when you want to have it back, simply download it from the app store, and you will have it with all its personalization settings restored like before.

Method #2: Hide Apps using Folders on iPhone

If you have dived deep into the system configuration, you might know that there are at the most 12 pages of apps can be created within folders on iPhone. This clearly means that you can penetrate deep into the folder to hide your apps.

You can fill the first three pages with the spare apps that you don’t wish to hide. The basic key here is to coagulate a certain folder with lots of apps and hide your apps amongst them in such a way that the user won’t be able to find it out without scratching his head for a long time.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Since you are trying to hide your preferred apps; you would obviously want to hide them in the 2nd or 3rd home screen. From the home screen swipe left to access these pages.

Step 2. In order to move the app, tap the app and hold it until all the apps wiggle.

Step 3. In case you already have a folder filled with loads of apps, add your apps within the lot and add more apps to make the folder more conspicuous. It would make it more difficult for the user to locate your important apps.


Step 4. If you don’t have an already prepared folder, tap the app until it wiggles, and drag it towards another app you want to put in folder. They would overlap, zoom in and create a folder.


Step 5. Prefer to incorporate seven unimportant apps into the first page     of your folder, so that you are fine with users viewing them.

Step 6. Drag some apps to the right such that a new page within the folder is created. In this way, keep on creating pages, and insert your important apps in the last pages. But remember, you can create up to 12 pages in a folder.

Method #3: Hide Apps from Spotlight Search

Even if you have hidden your apps deep within a folder as in the case of 2nd method, but by spotlight searching, they can still be retrieved and become visible. Thus in this section we would tell you, how to turn down app’s ability to be found with Spotlight search. But remember, once you have turned off the ability, you would not be able to search the app, unless you change the settings again.

To hide apps from spotlight search, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Go to “Settings” and tap on “General” option.

Step 2. Select “Spotlight search” from the context menu.


Step 3. Now; from the search results, you can toggle off any of the apps you wish to hide from Spotlight search.



Hiding your important apps from strangers is very vital, as your apps may contain your personal details, like passwords, bank account passwords, usernames, images, media files, etc. Thus in order to secure your personal belongings on iPhone you can follow up any of the methods mentioned above. No matter whether your device is iPhone 5, 7 or of any other version, as long as it’s iOS 10, your iPhone is adaptable to all the changes described above.

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