Apple doesn’t allow you to completely hide apps on your iPhone or iPad like on Android. This is most likely due to security reasons. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to make apps harder to find.
You Cannot Hide Applications in Complete on iOS
Apple has never provided the ability to hide applications on iOS or iPadOS. The only way to delete apps from your iPhone or iPad is to delete them. To delete an application, tap and hold the icon until “X” appears, then tap.
We have a few tricks that will hide the application without removing it. This includes removing applications from Siri shortcuts and suggestions, deactivating features such as notifications, and burying icons in folders that are far from prying eyes.
Exclude Applications from Search and Siri Suggestions
Siri’s suggestions appear on the Today screen and next to the Spotlight search field on your iPhone. If you use search to find applications regularly (and you have to – just drag down on your Home screen to reveal the search box), the application you want to hide may be recommended from time to time. Or, it might appear when you search for other applications.
If you use the application often, Siri will often recommend it. Apple’s assistant will also learn from the application and make suggestions in other applications. When you press the “Share” button in one application, you often see a list of recommended destinations that Siri has learned based on usage, for example.
Then there are search results. Many applications allow iOS to index searchable databases so you can find documents or notes quickly in native iOS searches. This can provide more information than simple Siri suggestions.
Go to Settings> Siri and Search and find the application you want to “hide” from the long list of applications installed on your device. Disable all options on this screen to see another one that appears: Show Application.
Disable “Show Applications” to exclude applications from all search results and suggestion screens. To find applications in the future, you must find the icon somewhere on the home screen or in the folder, then launch it from there.
The Settings application itself does not follow this rule. If you open a list of options in the iOS Settings application, you see a search field. Here, you can search for installed functions and applications to adjust their preferences quickly. Whatever application you are trying to hide or exclude will always appear in the Settings and search fields.
Bury the Application in a Folder
You might want to strike a balance between cover and comfort when you decide where to put the application icon. If you use this application often, you want to make sure it can be accessed in a few taps. If this is a type of transaction once a week, then you can be a little more creative.
You can create folders on iOS by tapping and holding the application icon until all of the icons on the screen shake. Then, tap and hold the application and move the cursor to another application. A folder appears, and you can name whatever you want. To get rid of folders, delete everything except the last application.
For best results, use a folder with many applications in it – ideally enough to stretch several pages. If you want to hide applications from others who use your cellphone, choose a boring folder full of utilities, not a folder full of games.
I settled on a folder called “Utilities” which has applications such as TeamViewer, Telegram, and PDF converters in it. Other ideas include the “Office” folder, or one full “Shopping” application or the “Office” tool. The “Health” folder might also be boring enough to prevent snooping.
Disable Application Notifications
App notifications still appear even after you exclude them from other searches and suggestions. Go to Settings> Notifications, then scroll down until you find the application. Tap, then deactivate the “Allow Notifications” option to prevent the application from displaying any notifications on your mobile.
You can also choose to hide notifications from the lock screen and deactivate the banner. If you leave “Notification Center” active, you will only see notifications for an application when you check it manually. If you are serious about running an application, you should disable all settings.
Hide Downloads from your App Store History
If you delete an application from your iPhone or iPad, the Apple App Store will still remember you downloading it. This will appear on your “Purchased” tab, even though the app is a free download.
Fortunately, one area where Apple allows you to hide applications is in your purchase history. To see a list of apps that were previously purchased, launch the App Store first, then tap the “Today” tab. Tap your user icon in the upper right corner, then tap “Purchased.”
You can now scroll through the list of free and paid applications that you previously downloaded. To hide it, swipe left and tap “Hide” to remove it. You can also search for specific applications that you want to hide using the fields at the top of the screen.
After you hide it, the application disappears. If you want to download it again, you must tap “Get” and reauthorize, rather than tapping the iCloud download icon in accordance with other purchased applications.
Use the Dummy Application to Hide Files and Notes
If you are trying to hide files and notes, you might want to use the “dummy” application to hide content in plain sight. This app seems benign, like a calculator. Their real purpose is to save files and information without arousing suspicion.
Apple is not the foundation of fraudulent practices, so this application is always described as such in the list. Dummy applications are difficult to recognize. They use a decent app icon next to a name that won’t cause suspicion.
If you like incognito calculators, check out Calculator #, Personal Calculator, or Turbo Vault. Secret Folder Vault is a locked folder where you can store photos, passwords and more. On Apple Notes, you can lock Notes with Face or Touch ID.
All of these applications allow you to hide content from snoops, even if they get access to an unlocked phone or tablet.
Hide Photos and Videos in the Photos Application
If you want to hide applications from your Photos library, you can do it without additional software. Unfortunately, it’s not very safe. Just find the picture or video you want to hide, tap share, then scroll down and select “Hide” from the list.
Photos or videos are placed in an album called “Hidden” on the Album tab in the Photos application. This album is completely unprotected, so anyone can find photos that you hide if they search for them.
The purpose of this feature is to delete photos from your main Photos timeline.
Hide Core System Applications through Screen Time
The Time screen is Apple’s tool for managing how much time you spend on your device. This service also incorporates parental controls, some of which you can use to make changes to the way your device functions.
The Time screen can hide certain default system applications but not from third parties. Go to Settings> Screen Time, then tap “Content and Privacy Restrictions.” Tap “Permitted Applications,” then disable all core system applications that you want to hide.
Hide Application with Jailbreak Tweak
Jailbreaking is the act of installing special firmware on your iOS device to avoid Apple’s restrictions. It’s generally not a good idea to jailbreak your device because it’s at risk from malware. It also requires that you run an outdated version of iOS and void all remaining warranties.
After considering all of that, if you still want to jailbreak your device, this allows you to access tweaks and features that Apple will never add to iOS. One of them is the ability to hide applications with neat little tweaks called XB-Hide. You can find it in the default Cydia repository as a free download. According to Cydia’s list, the tweak currently works with jailbroken devices running iOS 11 or 12.