While most of Apple’s stock iOS apps are pretty handy, there are a few that the large majority of us probably never open. I’m talking about apps like Stocks, Voice Memos, and Weather (which always seems to be inaccurate in the U.K.). Unfortunately, the Cupertino company doesn’t allow us to remove these, so the only way to do it was to jailbreak. Until now.
Thanks to a nifty new web app, you can temporarily remove stock iOS icons from your device without jailbreaking. Here’s how.
First, open up mobile Safari, and visit www.cydiahacks.com. Here you’ll be presented with a list of stock iOS apps, and everything’s here, including Reminders, Contacts, Notes, Calculator, Clock, and even Phone.
Tap on the app you’d like to remove. The website will then attempt to install a package on your device; you need to click ‘OK.’
Of course, the installation will fail and you’ll get an “Unable to Download Application” error, because the app hasn’t been authorized by Apple. However, when this happens, it will leave the app you’ve chosen to hide with an incomplete icon. You can now tap and hold on that icon until it jiggles, when tap to delete it like any third-party iOS app.
But don’t worry — it’s not gone forever. This is a temporary tweak that lasts only until you restart your device. So if you decide you want to use an app you’ve removed, or you remove one accidentally, just just need to restart. Check out the demonstration video below, courtesy of AppAdvice:
I think you’ll agree this is a pretty handy tweak. Not only is it a great way to clean up your home screen and remove unwanted apps, it’s also the perfect prank to play on a good-humored loved one.