We all know that iOS is a fairly restrictive operating system, we cannot make a lot of system level changes. That is why things like locking apps with your biometric data or hiding individual apps from being seen are some things users cannot really do. Hiding Apps on your iPhone is necessary when you don’t want others to access the data on your iPhone. And I guess that is why how to hide Apps on iPhone is frequently searched. Given that, this article is written to detail the steps about how to hide Apps on iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 7 in iOS 11. No matter you want to hide a Stock App or a downloaded App, you can get things done easily with the help of restrictions.
How to Hide Apps on iPhone X, 7, 8
By enabling restrictions, you can selectively hide Apps on your iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 8.
Step 1 ====> Go to Settings App on your iPhone, click General and then choose Restrictions.
Step 2 ====> Tap on Enable Restrictions, enter your Restriction Passcode and then enter it again to confirm your password.
Step 3 ====> If you want to hide Stock Apps (like Safari, camera, and iTunes Store) on your iPhone X, 7, 8 toggle off the switch next to the App/Apps you would like to hide.
While if you want to hide the downloaded Apps on your iPhone X, 7, 8 scroll down to choose Apps under ALLOWED CONTENT section.
Then you can hide all downloaded Apps on your iPhone by choosing Don’t Allow Apps or hide downloaded Apps on your iPhone selectively by choosing a specific age group (4+, 9+, 12+, 17+). You can hide Apps on your iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 7 easily and quickly following the steps above.
How to Hide Apps Using Folders on iPhone
You can have up to 12 pages of apps within folders on iPhone, which means you can hide apps deep in a folder where someone would really need to search to find the app you are hiding. The best way to hide apps in a folder is to make the first page of apps those that you are not trying to hide.
If you have more spare apps, you may even want to fill the first two or three pages with apps. The key here is just to flood a folder with a lot of apps and hide a couple apps amongst the others. Here’s how to hide apps using folders:
Step 1 ====> Since you are hiding apps, you will probably want to make this folder on your second or third Home screen. Swipe left to access these pages from the main Home screen.
Step 2 ====> Tap and hold an app until all your apps wiggle.
Step 3 ====> If you already have a folder filled with apps, you can simply add the apps you want to hide to that folder or add more apps plus the one you want to hide to the folder so it will be hidden deep in the folder.
Step 4 ====> If not, drag one of the wiggling apps you want to put in a folder towards another app you want to put in a folder. When the apps overlap, it will zoom in and create a folder.
Step 5 ====> To truly hide an app, I recommend adding up to seven more apps so that the entire first page of your folder is all apps that you are fine with people seeing.
Step 6 ====> Then drag some apps to the right so that a new page within the folder will be created.
Step 7 ====> You can fill this second page with apps and hide just one or two apps in this page so it is not obvious.
Step 8 ====> You can create up to 12 pages in a folder, so long as each page has at least one app. That means you could have a folder with ten pages of apps you only sometimes use, then have the apps you want to hide on the eleventh page.