The very ideology of iOS provides for quick access to the installed application. For this, it is placed on one of the desktops. But users do not always need this – sometimes the label is too intrusive or it is generally undesirable to show it to strangers.
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But on Android, you can hide the application in quite regular ways, on iOS, the programs will still be displayed where they should be – on the desktop. To make the icon disappear from there, you need to delete the application itself. Is the situation really that hopeless?
In fact, there is an option to hide pre-installed apps like Safari. Third-party programs can be slightly masked so that they are not so easy to detect.
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How to hide the stock app in iOS and iPadOS?
If you are dealing with official pre-installed applications, then they can be hidden from the screen without deleting them. Unexpectedly, this function will help “Screen Time”.
Open the app Settings and go to section “Screen Time”.
On the menu “Content and Privacy” turn on the switch.
After that, you will have access to additional settings. We are interested in “Allowed Apps”.
Here you can deactivate all applications you do not need. In this case, they will disappear from the desktop and will not appear there.
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How to hide third party app and close it for search on iPhone or iPad?
The easiest way to hide a third party app is to put it in a folder.
Although this method does not seem reliable, most often it is the method that users turn to. To create a folder, simply drag and drop one application onto another. You can group the maximum number of programs and hide the desired one among them. The name for this collection is better to give some neutral – “work”, “utilities”, “other” or something similar.
In our example below, we hid the WhatsApp messenger in a folder, removed it from iOS search, and disabled its notifications.
Notifications from this application will also need to be turned off so that it does not inadvertently signal its existence. What’s the point of hiding the messenger in a folder if the program will signal new messages? You will have to go to the settings and pay attention to the section “Notifications”.
You will also need to hide the app from search and Siri suggestions. To do this, in the settings in the section “Siri and Search” scroll down until you see your application.
Click on it and disable all available options: “Analysis of this application”, “From Application”, “App suggestion”, “App in search” and “Isp. with Ask Siri”.
If in the settings “Siri and Search” you don’t see your app, it means it was already disabled earlier in “Screen Time”.
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How to hide an app from download history?
Apple remembers everything you download from the app store. And even after removing the program from the device, the mention of this application will remain in the download history. So anyone with access to your device can find out which apps you have downloaded and installed in the past. But deleting this information is very easy.
Open the App Store app, click on your profile icon in the top right corner and go to “Purchases”.
Entries you want to delete can simply be swiped left and confirmed with a keystroke “Hide” (detail).