iOS 7 included a glitch that allowed users to easily hide stock app icons from their homescreen. Apple eliminated that glitch from iOS 7.1, but a new one has surfaced in its place.
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Glitch allows users to hide stock apps in iOS 7.1

iOS 7 included a glitch that allowed users to easily hide stock app icons from their homescreen. Apple eliminated that glitch from iOS 7.1, but a new one has surfaced in its place that allows you to do more or less the same thing.

The glitch, detailed in the above video, involves creating a folder-wtihin-a-folder that will disappear when other top-level items are removed. The process will not delete any apps from your iPhone or iPad’s internal storage, and it also is not permanent. Restarting your phone will see the hidden homescreen shortcuts resurface.

So how do you do it? Pretty easily, actually. The process:

  1. Create a folder containing the apps you wish to hide
  2. If it isn’t already, fill the rest of your homescreen with app shortcuts (including the dock)
  3. Create a second folder by long-pressing any app (doesn’t matter which, you will delete this folder later) and stacking it on any other.
  4. Quickly drop your existing folder full of shortcuts to hide into the newly created folder, creating a nested folder You have to do this before the animation from creating the new folder ends (see video for demonstration).
  5. Remove the individual apps from the folder, returning them to the homescreen.
  6. Remove the nested folder. It should disappear.

The entire procedure requires a precise timing, so you might have to try a few times before you get it to work. Also remember: if you restart your device, you will need to repeat the process to re-hide the target apps.

It’s a far cry from Apple actually allowing users to delete unused default apps to free up storage space, but it should make for a cleaner homescreen. Alternatively, if this all seems like too much work, you can simply place all unwanted icons in a folder and hide it on a little-used homescreen, keeping the clutter away from the screens containing the apps you use frequently.

 

 

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