How to Hide Apps on iPhone / iPad Without Using Third Party Apps

How to Hide Apps on iPhone / iPad
How to Hide Apps on iPhone / iPad

There is no harm in admitting the fact that we all have few apps installed in our iPhone / iPad which we do not want to reveal while others are using our phone. Who would like or even having no issues if someone is checking in his / her Whatsapp or browsing the apps you downloaded for personal information or usage. The question raises here how to ensure hide apps on iPhone or iPad so that no one can access our personal information. Third party apps is not the ultimate solution because such apps itself extracts your personal data for own business usage and such apps does not ensure the safety of the data and rather allows unauthorized access to your personal data.

Let me answer you here about how to hide apps on iPhone or iPad below.

  1. How to hide stock apps on IOS 10

In IOS 10, you can remove the stock apps from your iPhone / iPad. “Remove” only means here hidden, it hides the files and not delete them from the system. Some of the stock apps must not be deleted from the system as it causes the system error and not allow loading other apps too. Therefore, you can hide apps in IOS 10 which means app icon will disappear from the Home screen. You need to be following these steps in the below.

a. You have to keep tapping the app icon and hold it for a while until starts wiggling, then it appears “x” on the top left of the app.

b. Tap on “x” for removing the app.

c. You will be appearing with confirmation message, select Remove. Go back to Home Screen now.

Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad
Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad


In case, deletion of app was by mistake and you want it back on the system, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the App Store.
  2. Type the App name which you want to be re-installed.
  3. Tap on the Cloud icon.
  4. Hiding Apps Using Restrictions

You need to follow these steps for enable restrictions.

  1. Go to IOS Settings -> General -> Restrictions
  2. You need to tap on “Enable Restrictions”.
  3. Now, you have to enter the restriction passcode, it needs to be confirmed once again.
  4. Congratulations, you Restriction feature should be enabled now.
Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad
Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad

You need to be disabling the toggle for stock IOS apps to hide them. You can also hide third party apps, just need to search the option of “Allowed Content” and tap it, now go to the Apps and now you can hide all those third party apps which you do not want other to see.

Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad
Hide Apps on iPhone or iPad

Once you have hidden the apps will not be revealed as long as you want to, even you restart the mobile will not make the hidden apps appears again. Furthermore, all hidden apps will not neither be shown on home screen and nor can be searched out from search bar. You can only get back hidden apps once again by disabling the restriction feature through using the passcode.

I hope that you have become familiar with the steps involved in how to hide the apps in iPhone or iPad. I am sharing the list of all stock apps on IOS 10 which can be removed to hide them.

  • iBooks
  • Watch app
  • iTunes Store
  • Find My Friends
  • Maps
  • Mail
  • Calculators
  • Videos
  • News
  • Podcasts
  • Music
  • FaceTime
  • Voice Memos
  • iTunes Store

Here is the list of those stock apps which cannot be removed from the iPhone.

  • Photos
  • Wallet
  • App Store
  • Health
  • Safari
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Messages