If you get annoyed with the number of apps that crowd on your home screen, or if you’re addicted to a particular game or social apps, you might be wondering if there is a way of hiding the apps or making them more difficult to find.
You can use a convenient iOS 14 feature, App Library, which automatically gathers all of your apps into categories and displays them on a separate page to the right of your home pages. To take it even further, you can make the apps more difficult to find by hiding them from iPhone Search and in your App Store purchase history.
How to Hide Apps on iPhone using App Library
Step 1. Tap and hold the app you want to hide.
Step 2. A menu will appear with a number of options depending on the app’s features. Tap on Remove App.
Step 3. You have 2 options of completely deleting the app or removing it from the home screen. Choose Remove from Home Screen.
This will hide your app in the App Library. You can easily find your hidden apps in the App Library. If you change your mind, you can bring it back to your home screen at any time you want. Touch and hold your hidden app in the App Library, then select Add to Home Screen. Now your app will appear on your home screen again.
How to Hide a Page of Apps
You can also hide an entire page of apps if you want. With this method, you can organize the apps you want to hide in a page, then get rid of that page at one blow.
Step 1. Press and hold on to an empty part of your screen until the apps begin to jiggle.
Step 2. Tap on the dots at the bottom of your page.
Step 3. Small versions of your page will appear. Beneath each page is a checkmark, uncheck the page you want to hide.
Step 4. Tap anywhere to get back to your home screen.
That’s it! Your entire page is now hidden. To unhide it, follow the same instructions above and replace the checkmark of the page that you want to see again.
How to Hide Apps from iPhone Search
Even if you hide the apps from your home screen or hide the entire page of apps, it could be found easily using the Search function. Follow the steps below to make it more difficult to find.
Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Scroll down until you see Siri & Search listed and select it.
Step 3. On the Siri page, scroll down and select the app you want to hide from Search.
Step 4. Toggle off everything you see on the screen including Learn from this App, Suggest App, Show App in Search, Show Content in Search, and both Show Suggestions from App (on Home screen and Lock screen).
Now you can’t search for the app in Spotlight Search, and Siri won’t make any suggestions related to the app.
Repeat the same process for any other apps you want to hide from iPhone Search. Once again, if you want to find the apps you’ve hidden from iPhone Search, follow these same directions and toggle Siri Suggestions back on.