We all have our secrets, don't we? And some of those secrets are hidden within our smart phones. There are numerous applications that contain our personal information and, therefore, we do not want anyone else to find our personal information. Also, you may have a dating application that you don't want the world to see because, obviously, people can be a bit judicious. While there are many ways to hide applications on Android, not everyone is aware of the fact that you can also hide applications on iPhone. You may know the error of iOS 9.2 that allowed users to create nested folders to hide applications, but that problem was solved and that method no longer works. Well, the good news is that there are others Ways to hide apps on iPhone:
1. Hide applications through restrictions
iOS includes an interesting feature of "Restrictions", which is basically aimed at users looking for parental control. However, you can also use this function to hide applications. To enable it, you can go to IOS Settings-> General-> Restrictions . Here, tap on " Enable restrictions ".
Then, you will be asked to enter a restriction access code . Once you have entered the access code twice, the Restrictions feature will be enabled. Then, you can only disable switches for iOS applications such as Safari, Camera, Siri, Facetime, App Store, Podcasts, etc. to hide them
For hide third-party applications, scroll down and in the "Content allowed" section, go to " Applications "Here, you can hide all third party applications or can hide applications according to their age classification .
There is no way to hide specific applications, but you can use the "12+" option to hide dating applications or use the "9+" option to hide social applications like Instagram. You can check the age classifications of different applications in the App Store.
Disabled applications are hidden from the home screen, as well as the search. In addition, they remain hidden even after you have restarted your iPhone or iPad and you can only Recover your hidden applications by deactivating the Restrictions feature through your access code .
Unfortunately, you cannot hide all common applications, but you can ensure that no one can change the configuration of your applications or device. For example, you can use the Restrictions feature to make sure that nobody can play with your location services, contacts, calendars, photos or use your Twitter or Facebook account information.
2. Hide stock applications in iOS 10
You must have heard that iOS 10 allows you to uninstall common applications, right? Well, it is not necessarily true. Actually, when you delete stock applications in iOS 10, it only hides the application and does not delete it from the system, as this will hinder the performance of other connected services. For example, when the Contacts application is deleted, you can still find your contacts through your tab in the Telephone application.
Therefore, this is easily an excellent way to hide applications on iPhone or iPad. All you need to do is press the "Hold" key in an action application and when the applications start to shake, touch the icon of the cross in the application you want to hide. Once hidden, you can get the application simply by going to the App Store, looking for the application and touching the cone of the cloud, which suggests that the application is already downloaded to your device. The moment you touch the cloud cone, the application will be installed instantly on your iPhone.
Bonus: Use of guided access
iOS also includes an interesting guided access feature, which allows you to disable user interface elements and restrict a user to a single application or screen . This can be useful if you need to give your phone to someone but just want to use some functionality. To enable it, go to IOS Settings-> General-> Accessibility and here, scroll to the end and enable "Guided access" .
Once this is done, open the application in which you want to use guided access and press the start button three times . Then, the guided access will start, click here " Start " for start . Then, enter the access code want twice or simply use TouchID .
Once this is done, you will have to surround the areas you want to deactivate . The surrounding areas will have a gray overlay on them and will not work when you touch it. You can also press the " Options "in the lower left to deactivate the standby / activation button, volume buttons, keyboard, touch, etc.
Together with certain UI elements disabled, guided access also ensures that you cannot leave the application. May end the guided access by touching the start button three times and entering your password or TouchID .
While guided access does not hide any application, it is still useful when you want to show something to someone on your iPhone, but you do not want to have a look at other information on your phone.
Hide iPhone apps from prying eyes
Well, those were the simple ways by which you can hide the actions and applications of third parties on your iPhone. We agree that it is not a very simplified solution, but unfortunately that is all you can do on the iPhone natively and, as expected, there are no third-party applications that allow you to hide applications on iOS. So, that's all from our side, but we would love to hear your thoughts. Let us know if our methods helped you hide applications on the iPhone and comment if you have any questions.