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  The standard iOS apps on an iPhone home screen.
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Apple does not allow you to completely hide apps on your iPhone or iPad as on Android. This is probably for safety reasons. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make an app harder to find.

You cannot completely hide an app on iOS

Apple has never offered the option of hiding an app on iOS or iPadOS. The only way to completely remove an app from your iPhone or iPad is to remove it. To uninstall an app, tap and hold the icon until the "X" appears and tap it.

We have a few tricks that hide an app without removing it. These include removing the app from Siri shortcuts and suggestions, turning off features such as notifications, and burying the icon in a folder far from prying eyes.

Exclude the app from searching and Siri suggestions.

Siri suggestions appear on the Today screen and next to the Spotlight search field on your iPhone. If you use search to find apps regularly (and you should ̵

1; just pull down on your home screen to display the search box), the app you want to hide can be suggested from time to time. Or it can pop up when you search for other apps.

 Siri suggestions in iOS.

If you use an app a lot, Siri will often recommend it. The Apple Assistant also learns from the app and makes suggestions for other apps. When you press the & # 39; Share & # 39; button in one app click, you will often see a list of recommended destinations that Siri has learned based on usage, for example.

Then there are search results. With many apps, iOS can index searchable databases, so you can quickly find documents or notes in native iOS searches. This can give away much more information than a simple suggestion from Siri.

 Search results from the iOS system of indexed apps.

Go to Settings> Siri and search and find the app that you want to "hide" from the long list of installed apps on your device. Disable all options on this screen to see another one appear: Show App

Disable “Show App” to exclude the app from all search results and suggestion screens. To find the app in the future, you need to find the icon somewhere on your home screen or in the folders and then start from there.

 Excluding an app from Siri suggestions and search results [19659006] The Settings app itself does not follow these rules. If you open the list of options in the iOS Settings app, you will see a search field. Here you can search for functions and installed apps to quickly adjust their preferences. Every app that you try to hide or exclude is always displayed in Settings and the search field.

Bury the app in a folder

You probably want to find a balance between hidden and useful when you decide where you want the app icon. If you use the app a lot, you want to make sure that it is accessible within a few taps. If it's a type deal once a week, you can get a little more creative.

You can create folders on iOS by tapping and holding an app icon until all the icons on the screen move. Then tap and hold an app and move the mouse pointer over another app. A folder appears and you can give it a name that you want. To delete the folder, delete all but the last app.

 A folder with apps on iOS.

For best results, use a folder with many apps – ideally enough that it includes multiple pages. If you want to hide the app from others using your phone, choose a boring folder full of utilities instead of a folder full of games.

I decided on a folder named & # 39; Utilities & # 39; with apps such as TeamViewer, Telegram, and a PDF converter in it. Other ideas are a folder & # 39; Work & # 39; or a folder full of & # 39; Shopping & # 39; apps or & # 39; Office & # 39; tools. A folder & # 39; Health & # 39; can also be sufficiently boring enough to scare off snoopers.

Disable app notifications

The notifications of an app are still displayed even after you have excluded them from searches and other suggestions. Go to Settings> Notifications and scroll down until you find the app. Tap it and then switch the option & # 39; Allow notifications & # 39; to prevent the app from displaying notifications on your phone.

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You can also choose to hide notifications in the lock screen and disable banners. If you & # 39; Alert Center & # 39; active, you will only see notifications for an app when you check them manually. If you seriously want to hide an app, it's best to disable all settings.

Hiding Downloads in the History of Your App Store

If you remove an app from your iPhone or iPad, Apple's App Store will still remember you having downloaded it. It appears on the & # 39; Purchased & # 39; tab, even if the app was a free download.

Fortunately, the only part where Apple allows you to hide apps is in your purchase history. To view a list of previously purchased apps, first launch the App Store and then tap the & # 39; Today & # 39; tab. Tap your user icon in the top right corner and then tap "Purchased".

You can now browse through a list of free and paid apps that you have previously downloaded. To hide one, swipe it to the left and tap "Hide" to make it disappear. You can also search for specific apps that you want to hide using the field at the top of the screen.

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As soon as you hide it, the app disappears. If you want to re-download it, tap "Get" and authorize it again instead of tapping the iCloud download icon as with other purchased apps.

Use dummy apps to hide files and notes

If you try to hide files and notes, you may want to use a "dummy" app to hide content in view. These apps seem good-natured, like a calculator. Their true purpose, however, is to store files and information without arousing suspicion.

Apple does not like misleading practices, so these apps are always described as such in the lists. Dummy apps are hard to recognize. They use reasonable app icons in addition to names that do not raise suspicion.

If you like the disguise of the calculator, take a look at Calculator #, Private Calculator or Turbo Vault. Secret folder vault is a locked folder where you can store photos, passwords, and more. In Apple Notes you can lock Notes with Face or Touch ID.

With all these apps, you can hide content from snoopers, even if they have access to your unlocked phone or tablet.

Hiding photos & videos and # 39; s in the Photos & # 39; s app

If you want to hide an app from your photo library, you can do this without additional software. Unfortunately it is not particularly safe. Easily find the photo or video you want to hide, tap share and scroll down and choose "Hide" from the list.

 Options to hide images and videos in the Photos & # 39; s app.

The photo or video is hidden in an album named & # 39; Hidden & # 39; placed on the Albums tab in the Photos & # 39; s app. However, this album is completely unprotected, so anyone can find the photos that you hide when they search for them.

The purpose of this feature is to remove bold photos from the timeline of your main photos.

Hiding Core System Apps on the Time Screen

Screen Time is Apple's tool for managing how much time you spend on your device. The service also includes parental controls, some of which you can use to make changes to the way your device works.

 The screen time

can hide certain built-in system apps, but not third-party apps. Go to Settings> Screen Time and then tap "Content and Privacy Restrictions". Tap "Allowed apps" and then disable all core system apps that you want to hide.

Hiding Apps with a Jailbreak Tweak

Jailbreaking is the act of installing custom firmware on your iOS device to bypass Apple's limitations. It is generally not a good idea to jailbreak your device because it is at risk for malware. It also requires that you use outdated versions of iOS and will void any remaining warranty.

After considering all this, if you still want to jailbreak your device, you have access to tweaks and features that Apple will never add to iOS. One is the ability to hide apps with a nice little change called XB-Hide. You can find it in standard Cydia repositories as a free download. According to the Cydia list, the tweak currently works with jailbreak devices with iOS 11 or 12.


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