How to Hide Apps on iOS 9 Devices Without Jailbreak?
As compared to Android smartphones and tablets, iOS devices don’t come with a lot of preinstalled bloatware. Despite this obvious advantage, there was previously no official way provided by the Apple Company for iOS tablet and smartphone users to hide or even uninstall these preinstalled apps. This used to make it almost impossible for Apple handheld device users to hide any iOS applications from their iPad or iPhone’s home screens for any reason whatsoever. To solve this issue, some iPhone or iPad users used to go the extra mile to jailbreak their iOS gadgets to install and use thousands of “Cydia” tweaks that were guaranteed to help them either to hide or uninstall the stock apps that come with their devices.
Jailbreaking, which is equivalent to root on Android devices, is a risky process that can even brick your iOS gadget if not done properly. However, you don’t have to put yourself through this risky venture to hide stock or downloaded apps on your iPhone or iPad. The tips provided below are guaranteed to help you hide apps on iOS 9 devices without jailbreak.
This informative section shows you how to effectively hide the default stock apps that came with your iOS 9 iPhone or iPad. You can follow the following simple steps if you wish to accomplish that.
Step 1: Select the “Settings” app straight from your iPhone or iPad’s home menu. Once you have successfully done this, locate the “General” option and tap on it.
Step 2: Tapping on the “General” option will redirect you to a new window with multiple other options to choose from. Scroll down until you come across the “Restriction” option and turn it on. Here, you will be required to enter a secret passcode to fully activate the “Restrictions” feature. Simply choose and customize your new passcode depending on your personal preferences.
Step 3. Once you have successfully selected your new secret passcode, you can then proceed to tap on the relevant stock apps and then toggle them off. Congratulations! You have successfully hidden the stock apps that you don’t want to be displayed on your iPhone or iPad’s screen.
Step 1: Click on your iPhone or iPad’s default stock Settings app and scroll down until you come across the “General” option. Tap on it to proceed to the next step.
Step 2. Simply follow the instructions provided in the previous guide (the one on how to hide stock apps) to fully activate the “Restrictions” feature.
Step 3. Once you have successfully activated the “Restrictions” feature, enter the secret passcode you set up before and scroll down until you locate the “Apps” section. Simply tap on it to open it. Doing so will redirect you to a new page with the “Don’t Allow Apps” option. Click on it and select any downloaded iOS app you wish to hide from the home screen. You can also select a particular age group if you wish to hide apps that fall under that category.
Note: You can also always restore the hidden non-stock apps simply by clicking on the “Allow All Apps” option.
Unlike the two previous steps provided in this section on how to hide apps on iOS 9 devices without jailbreak, this particular section only provides you with a temporary method. All the iOS apps hidden using this method can be easily accessed using the “Siri” feature or restored when one restarts your device.
Step 1. Create a new folder on your iOS 9’s home screen and put all the applications that you wish to hide in it.
Step 2. Click on the first iOS app you wish to hide and hold it gently as you slowly move it to the new folder’s second screen.
Step 3. Once you have successfully put it on the second screen, remove your finger to let go off the app’s icon. Again, tap on the moved app’s icon and hold it gently as you now move it to the new folder’s third screen.
Step 4. While still holding the app’s icon tap on the “Home” button. This will make the application’s icon disappear until you restart your iOS device.
Step 5. Simply select any other iOS app you wish to delete that is in the created folder and repeat all the simple steps provided above. You will eventually be able to hide all the apps that were moved to the new folder together with the folder itself.
All the life-saving tips provided above can be used to hide both stock and downloaded third-party apps from your iOS 9 device’s home screen easily. Simply select one that suits your needs and personal preferences today to further boost your privacy while protecting any personal information you never want falling into the wrong hands.