Whatever your reason may be, it’s quite possible that you don’t need all of the preinstalled apps on your iOS device. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t allow us to delete or hide these apps. Normally, the only option is to hide them inside of a folder, and while that works for some people, we don’t like to raise the white flag.
Thanks to a preexisting glitch in iOS 7 beta, we’re now able to hide apps in the public release. When we first reported this glitch, it was assumed that Apple would have patched it before iOS 7 was released to the public. Luckily, the bug still remains and we now have the opportunity to hide any of the stock apps in iOS 7.
Check out our video overview to learn how to hide stock apps in iOS 7:
If you can’t see the above video, please click this link.
Here’s a written version of the steps from our previous article:
As shown in the video above, to successfully hide stock apps, you’ll need to set up your home screen properly. Make sure that the first page of your home screen in completely full. Any apps (or folders) that you’d like to hide should be moved to the dock. You’ll also need to have a folder available on the first page to execute this properly.
Next, you’ll need to tap and hold on an app or folder on the dock and immediately double press the home button. Once the app switcher opens, tap on the home screen preview.
Now, you’ll notice that the app used on the dock is larger and slightly tinted when compared to the others. Open the folder on your home screen, then back out of it and press the home button. The app or folder you’ve chosen to hide will now vanish from the home screen.
This method will work with folders or single apps. The best part is, all of the hidden apps are still accessible via Spotlight search. If you’d like to restore the hidden apps, you must reboot your device. On that note, using a folder to hide multiple apps will speed up the process if you happen to reboot your device. This glitch is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running the public release of iOS 7.