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How To Unhide Apps on iPhone

Iphone Home Screen With Apps

Hiding apps leave a lot of us feeling super secure, this feeling can be so intoxicating that you’re likely to forget how to undo it, so in this article, we’ll show you how to unhide your apps.

Quick Answer

The steps you take to unhide your apps depend on how and where you hid them. So, we detailed the various ways you can hide your apps below and how to reverse your actions.

If you’re used to hiding your apps in one way, you’d be intrigued to know that there are other ways to do this. 

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the various ways you can hide and unhide apps on an iPhone.

How To Hide Apps on iPhone

Hiding apps on your iPhone is pretty straightforward. There are three ways you can go about it, listed and explained in the points below. 

Hiding Your Apps Using Folders

Using folders to hide your apps has to be the easiest of all the methods. The steps below will guide you through it if you’re clueless about how to go about it.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and stay on your Home Screen.
  2. Select the app you wish to hide by holding down on it. Release when the apps start to jiggle.
  3. Tap on the “Edit Home Screen” menu.
  4. Select an app, then drag it till it’s on top of another one and a folder with two apps inside has been created.
  5. Access the folder and drag the application to the right edge of the folder to hide it in a new window.
  6. Tap on “Done”.

Hiding Your Apps Using App Library

If you’re using iOS 14 or later versions of the iOS software, follow the steps provided below to hide your apps in App Library.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and stay on the Home Screen.
  2. Hold down on the app you wish to hide.
  3. Select the option that says “Remove App”.
  4. Select the “Remove from Home Screen” option.

Hiding Apps from Your iPhone’s App Store History

With the steps below, you can hide apps from your iPhone’s App Store History.

  1. Tap on the App Store app on your iPhone.
  2. Click on the tab that says “Today”. It’s located at the bottom left of your screen.
  3. Tap on your account profile at the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Then select “Purchased”.
  5. Swipe left on the application of your choice and tap on “Hide”.
  6. Lastly, tap on “Done”.

Hiding Apps From iPhones Search Result

Hiding your apps or an app from your iPhone’s search result is quite possible. Here are all the steps you’d have to undergo to do it.

  1. Access your iPhone’s Settings.
  2. Scroll down till you see “Siri & Search” and tap on it.
  3. Scheme through the list of apps that appear for the app you’d like to hide.
  4. Tap the app and turn off “Show App in Search”.

Additionally, you can turn off the rest of the app’s settings so it doesn’t pop up on your iPhone.

 If you’re hiding an app from your iPhone’s search result, you should probably turn off the app’s notifications.

Alternative: Turn Off Notifications

If you’re not keen on hiding your apps, you can turn off their notifications in your settings. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to turn off notifications for a specific app. 

  1. Open your device’s Settings.
  2. Select “Notifications”.
  3. Click on the app of your choice.
  4. Toggle the switch next to “Allow Notifications”, and it will turn grey, meaning it has been turned off.

Finding Hidden Apps

Just like there are several ways to hide apps, there are several ways to find hidden apps. It also depends on where and how you hid them. Here are all the ways you can find hidden apps.

Finding Your Hidden App Purchases

Here are all the steps you must take to find your hidden app purchases.

  1. Access your iPhone’s App Store.
  2. Locate your account profile and tap on it.
  3. Click on your Apple ID at the top of your screen.
  4. Tap on the “Hidden Purchases” menu.

Finding the Apps, You Hid Using App Library

If you hid your apps using the app library, follow the below steps to find them.

  1. Swipe your Home Screen from right to left till you get a window where all your apps are grouped.
  2. Tap on “App Library” in the search bar on top of your screen. 
  3. Type the name of the app you hid. 

Finding Your Hidden Apps Using Spotlight Search

Using Spotlight Search is also an effective way to find a hidden app. Here’s how to use it. 

  1. Swipe your Home Screen from right to left till you get a window where all your apps are grouped.
  2. In the search bar on top of the screen, enter the name of the app you’re looking for
  3. Tap on the search icon.

After carrying out the last step, you’ll see the app you’re looking for under “Applications” it will pop up as an app you haven’t installed, and then it’d display a “View” option.

Now that we’ve gotten the basics out of the way, we’ll be going back to the main topic of this article.

Unhide Apps on an iPhone

The guidelines provided below will show you how to unhide an app. Each guide has been provided according to the various location and ways you might’ve hidden your apps.

Unhiding Apps, Hidden on the Home Screen

As we discussed previously, your home screen is one of the locations an app can be hidden, so if this is where you hid your apps, here’s how to undo it.

  1. Swipe your Home Screen from right to left till you get a window where all your apps are grouped.
  2. Use the search bar on top of the screen to type in the name of the app you want to unhide.
  3. Once the app pops up, hold it down, drag it to the Home Screen, and release it. 
  4. If the previous step doesn’t work, tap on the app’s entry, then swipe left.

You can also look for an app in the App Library, press down, and tap on “Add to Home Screen”.

Unhiding Apps on Your iPhone’s App History 

If you hid your app on your iPhone’s App history, here’s how to undo it.

  1. Access your App Store.
  2. You’ll see the Account icon at the top right corner, tap on it.
  3. On the next screen, select your Apple ID.
  4. Type in your Apple ID passcode.
  5. Tap “Hidden Purchases”.
  6. Scroll through the list. 
  7. Search for the app you want to unhide.
  8. Tap on “Unhide” or the “Download” button beside it to start downloading it to your Apple device.

Delete Hidden Apps on iPhone Directly

Hidden apps can be deleted on an iPhone directly. You don’t have to unhide them to do this. Here are all the steps you need to follow to delete them directly.

  1. Open your iPhone’s settings. 
  2. Search for “General” and tap on it.
  3. Navigate the “Storage & iCloud Usage” menu.
  4. Select Manage Storage, and a list of all your apps will show how much space they’re taking up.
  5. Scheme through the list for the app you’re looking to delete.
  6. Tap on the unwanted app and select “Delete”

Conclusion

We hope we’ve been able to provide a super helpful guide on how to unhide apps on an iPhone and if you have other issues with your device.

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