How to Hide Default Apps on iOS 9 Using Limited Trick

How-to-Hide-App-Icons-iOS-9While Tim Cook has promised Apple will "figure out a way" for iPhone and iPad users to remove certain default apps, a new limited trick allows for stock icons to be temporarily hidden on devices running iOS 9.0 to iOS 9.2 without jailbreaking.

YouTube channel videosdebarraquito shared a video of his trick over the weekend, and we have confirmed the method works as shown. Follow these step-by-step instructions and watch the video below for a demonstration.

How to Hide App Icons on iOS 9

  1. Hold down on the app icon you want to hide until it starts to wiggle.
  2. Drag the app icon over any other app to create a folder.
  3. Take your finger off the icon once in the folder. Do not press the Home button.
  4. Drag the app icon to the second page of the folder. Take your finger off the icon.
  5. Drag the app icon to the third page of the folder and keep your finger on it.
  6. Drag the app icon to the edge of the folder and press the Home button simultaneously.
As long as the device remains powered on, including when the display is locked, the app icons removed with this trick will remain hidden.


Keep in mind that the hidden app icons will reappear when the iPhone and iPad is restarted, so this trick only serves as a temporarily solution.

As a boilerplate disclaimer, this is an unofficial trick and we cannot guarantee it will not cause any unforeseen problems on your iPhone or iPad.

(Thanks, Jose!)


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21 weeks ago
Why can't Apple just make a way to hide apps of the user's choice?

And why do I need an Apple Watch app when I don't have one? Can't the Apple Watch owners just go to the App Store and download the app? :/
Rating: 14 Votes
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21 weeks ago
I don't want to just hide it. I want to remove it. And if necessary redownload it from the app store.
Rating: 13 Votes
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21 weeks ago
I can see why people want apps to be hidden, but I don't see whats so annoying about having it just on the last page of a folder. Or a seperate page on your home screen.
Rating: 10 Votes
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21 weeks ago

Is Apple still selling phones with 16GB? Then yes, people will still be b*tching about 100MB.


It's clear from your other post that you don't have an iPhone, but let me put 16GB devices into perspective for you. 100MB is less than 1% of available storage on a 16GB iPhone. Besides, those people bought a 16GB device.



WTH??? Are you blind?

If something is there that you don’t like/need it’s not too much of a stretch that it be described as clutter.
Personally, I’ve never gone down the space used line. But waste is waste and at the premium Apple charge for space I’d rather it was used for something I actually want or that it be free space.
The default apps that I don’t want are crap, (to me), in fact they’re not even that good. At least with the 3rd party ones I can remove them.


Like I said, a simple 'hide' option would solve two of them but as it's not an option yet, just stick them in a folder and done. This really is a non-issue.

And in terms of "premium" Apple storage, 100MB is 20 cents.
Rating: 6 Votes
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21 weeks ago
Lol, you iPhone users still can't do that :)

So a simple 'hide' option would solve two of them, so the third is storage space.

Are you really quibbling over 100MB?


Is Apple still selling phones with 16GB? Then yes, people will still be b*tching about 100MB.
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21 weeks ago

And why do I need an Apple Watch app when I don't have one? Can't the Apple Watch owners just go to the App Store and download the app? :/


I have an Apple Watch, but found this to be very underhanded advertising. Apple has such a large and faithful fan base and then to force this onto everyone is really pathetic.
Rating: 4 Votes
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21 weeks ago

Hold on a sec, this is becoming one very slippery slope... One minute it's about clutter, the next it's about space used and now it's about advertising?

What exactly is your problem with default iOS apps? Make your mind up!


All of the above! :)
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21 weeks ago
It's not a big deal for me, I have an Apple folder and forget all about them, they don't take up much space on my 128GB 6S so I can just leave them there and carry on with my life.
Rating: 3 Votes
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21 weeks ago
LOL, I can see it now on Apple Patch Tuesday.

Apple releases 9.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, iWatch, iPod, iRate…...iOS 9.2.1 fixes several bugs in the operating system and it includes other under-the-hood removals and road blocks.

It's a lot of work for iOS devs to do in order to save the rather paltry amount of ~100MB per device. I'd rather that time spent on new features/fixing bugs rather than the IMO pointless ability to remove built in apps.

I thought Apple was all about the customer experience and not hitting them with needless crappy advertising?
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21 weeks ago
I really don't understand why people get so worked up about this. Just put all your unwanted icons in a folder, stick the folder on the 'last' page of your home screen where you never need to scroll and be done with it.

Jeez. It's the same as a car owner going to a Ford dealership and demanding they rip out the 3.5mm AUX jack because they only ever use Bluetooth to play music. Get a bit of perspective...
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