iOS 9.3 officially supports hiding stock apps. Here’s how to do it.


Apple Configurator 2.2 beta can hide your unwanted apps for you.
Apple Configurator 2.2 beta can hide your unwanted apps for you.
Photo: Reddit

iOS ships with a few dozen default system apps, all of which take up valuable room on your homescreen since Apple won’t let users delete them. Until now, the best you could do is squirrel them away into a folder, or jailbreak.

But with iOS 9.3 Beta 1, it looks like Apple is finally making it possible to hide unwanted system apps. Here’s how.

As seen on Reddit, it appears that iOS 9.3 adds the ability to hide applications on the home screen. Here’s how to do it, according to Redditor bfodder.

Create a configuration profile in Apple Configurator 2.2 Beta with a restrictions payload set to “Do not allow some apps” under “Restrict App Usage” in the Apps section of the Restrictions. Add the necessary bundle IDs like,, then plug in your device and apply the profile. The icons will simply disappear from the home screen…

Just to note, you have to configure the General section in order to save the configuration profile. When you plug in your device, right click it, then Add > Profiles… Then navigate to the profile you just saved. You might have to then accept the install on the iOS device itself.

Here are some of the Bundle IDs for iOS’ default apps: – Stocks – Tips – Videos – Native Email Client – Notes – Reminders – Calculator – Maps – Music – Wallet – Health – Phone – iTunes Store – Messages – Voice Memos – Weather – Podcasts – Game Center – Watch – Find Friends – iBooks – Find iPhone – Clock – Photos – Settings – Camera – FaceTime – Contacts – News

You can find out additional Bundle IDs at this website.

Convoluted? Sure. But set it up once, and this technique will keep those annoying stock apps hidden pretty much forever. If you like keeping a clean homescreen, this method beats some of the other fiddly hacks you can use to hide your apps.

Source: Reddit

  • igorsky

    What a bunch of over-hyped nonsense this is. Put your stock apps in a folder called “Apple” and put on a back page. Problem solved.

    Spoiled brat whiners.

    • G1

      Yeah. The desire to hide / uninstall apps on a device that you paid $700 for is so unreasonable. What a bunch of whiners.

      • ShitIconSays

        You know they are going to be on there before you spend the money, do you buy a blue car and then complain its blue after you buy it? quit whining.

      • G1

        That is an extremely poor analogy. Bloatware is a terrible idea. If you don’t care about Stocks, you should be able to remove the Stocks app from your phone. It’s that simple. Arguing otherwise makes you look like an idiot.

        If Apple decided to put 15 My Little Pony apps on your homescreen that you couldn’t get rid of, that would be OK with you? Don’t be dense.

      • ShitIconSays

        If I knew there were 15 my little pony apps I couldn’t remove I wouldn’t buy the $700 phone. Talk about terrible analogies. Don’t be a moron. Put them in a folder somewhere else or get another phone until this one has the capabilities or features that you want.

    • Scott Hagberg

      Especially “whiners” that only have 16GB models, where storage is a premium.

      • Nicnacnic

        This article is not about deleting them so you’re not gaining any space. So, yah, put them in a folder and on the last page.

    • DefaultUser

      so, you’re complaining about people now having a method to get rid of what to them is an annoying shortcoming of ios.

      Talk about whining…

  • ATEngineer

    But can you actually remove them for the storage and then replace them with something better as default?

    • NaMoRon