How to hide native iPhone and iPad apps

Anyone who has ever had an iPhone or iPad must have encountered the problem of not being able to get rid of Apple's native apps such as Notes, Reminders, iBooks, Podcasts, etc. Although the company has already stated that it is studying a way to let its users delete these apps, this possibility still seems far from reality.

This is because many of these apps are linked to other features and functions of the iPhone and iPad, which could corrupt some things if they were deleted. Still, a recent trick has been discovered so that you can at least hide these native iPhone and iPad apps. If you want to know how to do this on your device, just check out our detailed tutorial below!

Hiding native iPhone and iPad apps

First of all, it's important to note that this little trick works only on iOS 9, so if you haven't updated your iPhone or iPad system yet, it's a good time to do so. Also, nothing guarantees that this feature will continue to exist in the next update released by Apple, as it has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Either way, get started by going to your iPhone or iPad home screen and seeing which apps you want to hide. Now create a folder with these applications. Just click and drag one app over another to create the folder in question.

This will not hide all apps in the folder, so you can actually use any existing ones. Just pay attention to end up not hiding any application unintentionally.

Then click and hold the app you want to hide and drag it to the right edge of the folder. This will make the folder gain a second page, which is where you should drop the app in question. You will notice the number of pages in the folder by the white dots at the bottom.

Now click and hold the app and drag it to the right edge of the folder, creating the third page. The difference is that now you should not release it as we did not in the previous step. Keep holding the app on the third page and press the power button at the same time.

You'll see the app automatically exit the screen and not find it in your device's folder or home screen, meaning the trick worked.

The truth is that you can do this with any app that is installed on your iPhone and iPad, as the procedure is not limited to the device's native apps only. This may be a good idea for apps you prefer to keep hidden or secret from others, for example.

Fortunately, you can access them very easily and without having to have the icon appearing on the home screen. Just use your device's search engine (drag down the home screen with your finger) and type in the app name to make it appear.

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