Now-a-days, every new Smartphone comes with some pre-installed apps, which are commonly known as “Stock apps”. Every manufacturer wants the users to use their proprietary apps, rather than any third-party apps. But, do you remember, when was the last time you have used your Smartphone’s Stock apps? Of course Not and me neither! The reason is that the Stock apps don’t stand alone on our requirements and we definitely go with the third-party apps.
Indeed, the Stock apps are consuming unnecessary space on the device app drawer and the compulsion is that, we can’t delete it. But, you can definitely hide it and get a clean app drawer layout! Apart from that, you can also hide varied apps and games from others. So, today, I am going to show you the simple trick to hide apps and games icons on iPhone 5 in iOS 7 without Jailbreaking. This is the trick which allows you to hide apps and games icons on iPhone 5 in iOS 7 from the homescreen (Springboard) without deleting the apps. Definitely, you can also hide annoying Newsstand app. So, let’s go through the trick.
Prepare Your Device:
The first homescreen of your device must be filled with the apps.
At least, one folder exist on the first page of the homescreen.
The app/folder, which you want to hide must be placed in the dock.
So, be prepare with your device and it must fulfill all the above requirements. If you have already done then you can definitely follow the below guide to hide apps and games icons on iPhone in iOS 7 without Jailbreaking.
Steps To Hide Apps and Games Icons on iPhone 5 in iOS 7
Step 1: Jiggle the apps
Important Step: You may fail a few times but don’t go insane. Just practice it and you’ll definitely get the success.
First, navigate to the first page of your iPhone homescreen.
Now, Tap and hold the app/folder which you want to hide and immediately double-press the Home button.
Here for the demo purpose, I am hiding the “Netflix app“.
Check the above photo and you’ll notice that the “Netflix” gone slightly dark, while other apps are jiggling.
Note: Don’t press the “Home Button” in between. Otherwise, you’ll lose the sequence.
Step 2: Get Back To Homescreen
From the multitasking mode, select the first screen to get back on homescreen. Now, you’ll see that the app/folder which you want to hide is larger than the other apps present on your iPhone springboard as well as dark in color and not jiggling.
Step 3: Folder Selection
Just tap on any folder from your iPhone homescreen and refer to the following image for the result.
Step 4: Close The Open Folder
Now, simply touch outside the folder to dismiss it and you’ll see that the screen appears to be the same as it was “Step 2“.
Step 5: Hide The App
Finally, you have to tap the Home button to vanish the app from your homescreen. Voila! The app is hidden now!
Yeah! Finally, you get the knowledge on how to hide apps and games icons on iPhone 5 in iOS 7 without Jailbreaking.
How To Use Hidden Apps and Games
Actually, the icons which you have hidden are no longer belonging to your homescreen but still you can use them. To do so:
Swipe down to activate the Spotlight Search.
Search the name of the app, which you have hidden.
Select the app from the list and you’re back!
How To Retrieve Hidden Apps and Games
The apps are not lost permanently; you can get back by rebooting your iPhone.
Literally, it’s not hard as much as you are thinking, just try it out 2 – 3 times and you’ll be the grave. So, this is the simplest trick exists to hide apps and games icons on iPhone 5 in iOS 7 without Jailbreaking. This trick works on iPhone, iPod and iPad running on iOS 7.