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How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone

While there’s no way to completely hide apps on an iPhone, you can make them harder to find. Hiding apps will also clear up your home screen, so you don’t have to see apps that you don’t use very often. Here are several ways to hide apps on your iPhone’s home screen, Siri suggestions, and you App Store purchase history.

How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone Using Folders

The easiest way to hide an app on your iPhone is to go to your Home Screen and create a new folder. To do this, tap and hold any app and selecting Edit Home Screen and drag the app on top of another app. Finally, open the folder and drag that app into a new folder window.

  1. Go to the Home Screen on your iPhone. On older iPhones, you can do this by pressing the Home button at the bottom of your screen. On an iPhone X or newer, you will need to quickly swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
  2. Then tap and hold any app. You can let go when you see the app start to jiggle or a pop-up menu appears.  
  3. Next, select Edit Home Screen.
  4. Then tap and drag one app on top of another app. This will create a new folder on your iPhone Home Screen with the two apps inside. You can add more apps by dragging them on top of the folder. You can also rename the folder by tapping the name above it and entering a new one.
  5. Next, open the folder and drag the app into a new window of the folder. You can do this by dragging the app to the right edge of the folder. This will create a new folder window where you can drop you app to hide it.
  6. Finally, tap Done. You will see this in the top-right corner of your screen.
How to Hide Apps on Your iPhone Using Folders

While this method is good for hiding apps on your Home Screen, you can also remove them from your Home Screen completely.

How to Hide Apps Using the App Library

To hide apps on your iPhone using the App Library, go to the Home Screen and tap and hold the app that you want to hide. Then select Remove App from the pop-up menu. Finally, tap Remove from Home Screen to hide the app in your App Library.

Note: These steps will only work if you are running iOS 14 or later. If you want to know how to update your iPhone, check out our step-by-step guide here.

  1. Go to the Home Screen on your iPhone.
  2. Then tap and hold the app you want to hide.
  3. Next, tap Remove App.
  4. Finally, tap Remove from Home Screen. This will remove your app from the home screen, but you will still be able to find it in the App Library, which you can access by swiping left on your home screen. Then you can find any hidden apps using the search bar at the top of the App Library screen.

To add apps back to your Home Screen, tap and hold the app and select Add to Home Screen. You can also tap and hold an app in the search results and drag it to add it back to your Home Screen at any time.

How to Hide Apps Using the App Library

Note: All the apps on your iPhone will appear in the App Library, so this is the most you can hide an app.

If you want to find out other ways to customize your iPhone Home Screen with iOS 14, check out our Previous article on the best iOS 14 features and how to use them.

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While moving an app to the App Library is a good way to hide it, you can make an app even harder to find by hiding it from your iPhone’s search results. Here’s how:

How to Hide Apps from iPhone’s Search Results

To hide apps from your iPhone’s search results, go to Settings > Siri & Search and scroll down. Then tap the app’s name and turn off Show App in Search. You can also turn off all the other settings to stop the app from showing up anywhere on your phone.

How to Hide Apps from iPhone’s Search Results

If you are hiding an app from your search results, you might also want to turn off notifications for the app. Here’s how:

How to Turn Off Notifications For an iPhone App

To turn off notifications for an app on your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap Notifications. Then scroll down and select the and tap the slider next to Allow Notifications. You will know it is turned off when the slider is gray.

How to Turn Off Notifications For an iPhone App

How to Hide Apps from your iPhone’s App Store History

To hide an app from your App Store history, open the App Store on your iPhone and tap the Today tab.

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone. This is the app with the blue “A” icon.
  2. Then tap the Today tab. You will see this in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  3. Next, tap your profile icon. You will see this in the top-right corner of your screen.
  4. Then tap Purchased.
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  5. Next, swipe left on an app and select Hide.
  6. Finally, select Done. You will see this in the top-right corner of your screen.
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If you want to see your hidden app purchases, open the  App Store, tap your profile icon, and then select your Apple ID at the top of your screen. This is usually your email address. Finally,  and go to Apple ID > Hidden Purchases.


If you would rather remove an app entirely, check out our step-by-step guide on how to delete an app from your iPhone.

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Updated on August 31, 2021

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