iOS 7 Glitch Makes Stock Apps Vanish [Video]


Apple finally allows us to put the Newsstand icon in a folder in iOS 7, but wouldn’t it be great if we could completely hide all the built-in apps we don’t use? Thanks to a glitch in the latest iOS 7 beta, you can. After following a few simple steps, you can remove stock icons from your home screen so that they’re nowhere to be seen.

The glitch was first spotted by @VBarraquito on Twitter, and Dom over at AppAdvice put together a handy video that explains how it works. It’s pretty simple, but you’ll have to follow a few steps to get it working. Once you’ve hidden the apps you want to hide, you’ll only be able to find them again through a Spotlight search — until you restart your device.

Here’s what you need to do:

iOS 7 Glitch Makes Stock Apps Vanish [Video]

Neat little trick, isn’t it? This isn’t the first one like this that’s been discovered on iOS, and it’s unlikely to be the last, but there’s a good chance that Apple will patch it before iOS 7 exits beta and goes public this fall. While it’s fun to play around with it now, then, don’t become too reliant on hiding apps you don’t want to see.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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