Once you have a large number of apps on your iPhone 13, you may decide that you want to hide the apps you rarely use.
Navigating through dozens of app icons to find a specific one can be a daunting task, and there’s a good chance you have at least a couple of apps you don’t use often.
You can hide an app on your iPhone 13 by long-pressing the app’s icon, selecting the Remove app option, and then tapping the Remove from home screen option.
How to hide an iPhone app without deleting it
- Tap and hold an app to hide it.
- Select Uninstall app.
- Click Remove from Home Screen.
Our guide continues below with more information on how to hide apps on iPhone 13, including images of these steps.
There are many pre-installed apps on your iPhone that you can use frequently.
But the App Store gives you access to a huge library of additional apps that can help you be more productive and keep you entertained.
After owning an iPhone for two months, you may find it difficult to find the apps you want on the home screen, which may force you to look for a way to hide some of your less used apps.
Fortunately, you have several options to hide iPhone apps, which we will discuss in our article below.
Related: Our guide to uninstalling apps on iPhone will show you what to do if you want to uninstall an app instead.
How to hide iPhone apps
The steps in this section were completed on the iPhone 13 with iOS 16, but will work on most other iPhone models with newer versions of iOS.
Step 1: Find the app you want to hide, then press and hold the app icon.
Step 2: Select the “Uninstall app” option.
Alternatively, you can select the home screen editing option and move the app to another screen, or drag it over another app to create a folder.
Step 3: Select “Remove from Home Screen” to hide the app without deleting it.
If you want to completely uninstall the app, select the Uninstall app option instead.
Now that you know how to hide apps on iPhone 13, you can use this technique whenever you want to clear your home screen.
How to hide full screen iPhone apps
If you are really trying to reduce the number of apps on your home screen, you may want to hide more than one app at a time.
The iPhone has an option that lets you do this by hiding the entire home screen. You can do that by following the steps below.
Step 1: Press and hold the group of dots at the bottom of the home screen.
Step 2: Hold the dots until the apps start to jiggle, then lift your finger off the dots and tap them again to view thumbnails for each of your home screens.
There are usually problems getting this to work, so if nothing happens you may need to try it a few times.
Step 3: Tap on the circle at the bottom of the home screen that you want to hide.
The application screen will be hidden if there is no check mark at the bottom of this screen.
Step 4: Click the Done button in the upper right corner of the screen when you’re done hiding your home screens.
Since hiding the app will only remove it from the home screen and not remove it, you may find that you want to unhide the app. You can do this by following the steps in the next section.
How to view the iPhone app
While the above sections discussed ways to hide apps, you may change your mind and want to re-add an app icon to your home screen.
Step 1: Swipe left until you reach the App Library on the last screen.
Step 2: Find the icon of the app that you want to view.
Step 3: Press and hold the app icon, then select the “Add to Home Screen” option.
You should now be able to find the app by swiping up on the home screen.
How to find a hidden iPhone app
If you decide to remove an app from the home screen but don’t uninstall it, you’ll probably want to use it again sometime in the future.
But not having the app on the home screen means you’ll need to get to it another way. There are two options for this.
Option 1: Tap the search button at the bottom of the home screen, or swipe down on the home screen to open Spotlight search. You can then enter the name of the app in the search field and select it to open the app.
Option 2: Swipe left on the Home screen until you get to the last screen that appears on the top “App Library”. You can then open and select the appropriate category folder for the app, or search in the search bar at the top of the screen.
If you’re trying to make it harder to find and use an app, you can remove it from your search and make it even more difficult. We will discuss this in the next section.
How to remove iPhone 13 app from search
The last option you have to customize the search experience in the iPhone app is to remove it from search.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Scroll down and select Siri & Search.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the app that you want to remove from the search.
Step 4: Click the button to the right of “Show app in search” to remove it from the iPhone’s search feature.
Note that this screen also has a “Show content in search” option which you can use instead if you don’t want to remove the app from search but want to remove the app’s data from search.