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:
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.