A complete Guide about How to Hide Apps on iPhone

How to hide apps on iPhone

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Nov 23, 2020 Filed to: App Review Proven solutions


Choosing to keep your personal information confidential and out of reach of unauthorized personnel is a very witty move to make. In this internet and tech-oriented era, cybercrimes are rampant; hence the need to take all the precautions available. Otherwise, you (or your loved one, especially kids) will land in terrible circumstances when your details and personal data is accessed by the wrong people simply because you didn't think to put up some security on your device.

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In this article, we look at a couple of ways on how to hide apps on iPhone 11 going back to 6S that run iOS 13, 12, and 11, respectively. Let's dive in already, shall we?

How to Hide Apps on iPhone iOS 13/12

Of course, there are pre-existing ways to hide apps on iPhone. If you have tried them, you must have found out they are no longer valid on iOS 12/13, right? Yes! Things have changed, and now to manage and hide apps on iPhone iOS 13/12, there is the current Screen Time app to utilize. Below is how to go about it:

To conceal applications installed on your gadget before purchasing:

Step 1: Launch Screen Time module

Find in Settings the Screen Time tab, tap on it, and select Content & Privacy Restrictions option.

iPhone Screen Time

Step 2: Choose the applications to hide

Next, tap on Allowed Apps and check every single app you wish to keep private by clicking on the toggle icon.

iPhone hide apps

Step 3: Preview to ensure the apps got surely hidden

Lastly, you have to go back to the Home Screen and confirm the apps you chose to protect are not displayed.

Now, if you would like to hide the applications, you installed on your iPhone after buying it,

Step 1: Open the Screen Time tab

Just like the above method, go to Settings and choose Screen Time, then select Content & Privacy Restrictions.

iPhone Screen Time Tap

Step 2: Choose Apps options

Secondly, select Apps from the options listed and proceed to the next level.

Step 3: Select the desired category of the application you want to hide.

There are app categories such as 4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+. You are required to choose a category to hide the apps that don't belong to that particular rating.

Select App Category

Finally, check to see that the apps don't appear on your Home Screen.

How to Hide Apps on iPhone iOS 11

In this part of the article, we shall have a look at how to hide apps on iPhone iOS 11 efficiently and effectively. The procedure and tools used here are entirely different from those in iPhone iOS 12/13. Hence the necessity to be keen on which way to apply for a specific iOS version.

In all iPhones running iOS 11, there is a built-in app hiding feature for ensuring your content is kept safe and out of reach of people with ill intent. To use it to keep your applications private, follow the guide below:

Step 1: Long press the app you wish to hide

To start, on your app screen, locate the app you would like hidden and long press on it.

Hide iPhone App

Step 2: The cross-button

After some time of long-pressing, a cross-button will be displayed on every single app there is on the screen. It will show, as shown in the screenshot below.

Cross Button

Step 3: Simultaneously long-press the specific app and SIRI

Now, momentarily hold onto the app in question as well as SIRI all at once.

How to hide apps on iPhone

Step 4: Drop the app onto the screen displayed

Finally, hastily drag the application around and drop it on the screen that is displayed. It will render the chosen app invisible on any page on your iPhone.

Drop the app

Simple, right? Well, this method is by far the simplest and most straightforward way to block apps in iPhone iOS 11. Getting the app to reappear on the screen is simple. You just long-press any other application on the app screen or restart your device.

How to Hide Apps on iPhone with Restrictions on iOS 11

This method is most suitable when you want to prevent your child from accessing specific applications on their iPhone iOS 11. In this method, we shall use the Parental Controls to hide apps on iPhone and maintain the privacy of vital personal data. To use it, here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Find Settings and choose General

On the iPhone, launch Settings application and select General.

hide apps on iPhone with restriction

Step 2: Tap on Restrictions

Secondly, click on Restrictions to open it.

iPhone restriction

Step 3: Input the passcode for Restrictions

Once the Restrictions tab is activated, input a passcode for it and proceed to step 4 below.

Enter Passcode for Restriction

Step 4: Hide selected apps by clicking the toggle icon beside them on the right

Next, the apps list will get displayed from which you are to turn off the switch on the ones you want to hide.

Turn off switch

Note: this method works on apps that are pre-installed on the phone only.

To hide manually installed applications on iPhone iOS 11,

Step 1: Settings and General options

Like in step 1 above, find the Settings and choose the General option.

Step 2: Restriction and Passcode

Next, launch Restrictions and input the passcode appropriately to proceed.

Step 3: Allowed Content

Now, find ALLOWED CONTENT and tap on Apps.

Step 4: Choose the age group for which you need to hide the apps There are 4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+ age categories to select from. However, to block all applications, you can hit Don't Allow Apps option.

Choose Age Range

And just like that, you get to hide applications selectively based on the age group or entirely using the Don't Allow Apps option.

How to Hide Apps on iPhone with FamiSafe

FamiSafe is a popular parental control application that is available for use for free. It is simple to navigate and does a marvelous job at tracking phone activities and blocking apps on iPhone.

Unlike the methods we have discussed above, you have to install FamiSafe first to be able to use it hide applications on iPhone. The app from Wondershare is easy and quick to set up. Simply:

Step 1: Register with FamiSafe

Create a FamiSafe account by registering on the website.

Step 2: Download and Install FamiSafe on both the devices

From the Apple Store, download, and install the software on your phone and the target iPhone.

Install FamiSafe

Step 3: Set up the two phones accordingly

On the target iPhone, log in to the account you created in step 1 and input the required details carefully. Then allow FamiSafe to access the necessary data on the device like location and get the Mobile Device Management package installed.

FamiSafe Set Up

On your phone, log into the account created in step 1, and identify yourself as Parent. The app will connect you to the target iPhone automatically, and you can monitor, manage, and block apps remotely.

To use the app blocker feature in FamiSafe to hide apps on iPhone,

Step 1: Select the App Blocker module from the options provided in the Menu.

FamiSafe App Blocker

Step 2: Choose which age range applications you would like to block and tap on the category. The app will get blocked instantly, and its icon will also get hidden in the target iPhone.

FamiSafe Choose Blocked Apps

Alternatively, you can use FamiSafe's block device feature to block apps on iPhone.

Step 1: Select the Screen Time module in the main menu and tap on Block Screen.

FamiSafe Screen Time

Step 2: In the interface that is displayed, select the Block Device option at the bottom of the screen.

FamiSafe Block Screen

And just like that, you will get to manage the amount of time your child spends on their iPhone as well as hiding apps you feel are harmful to them.

FamiSafe is the typical parental control application since it tracks malicious texts sent/received in the target device as well as gives you information about the child's whereabouts without him/her knowledge that you are monitoring them. Furthermore, the application is undiscoverable in the target iPhone hence cannot be uninstalled by the kid.

In conclusion, the methods discussed above on how to hide apps on the iPhone are all trustworthy and safe. Till the time you are aware of the IOS version your iPhone is running on, follow the guidelines keenly, and rest assured your apps will be safe from any prying hands. With such measures, you don't have to stay on toes whenever you misplace your iPhone since your critical data is totally out of reach.

So, get FamiSafe immediately if you would like to do more than hiding apps on iPhone and stay ahead when it comes to protecting your child from digital harm. Enjoy.

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