How to Hide Apps on iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Ted Stinson

Hiding apps on your iPad can be a simple way to keep things organized or to keep certain apps away from prying eyes. Whether you want to declutter your home screen or keep your social media apps private, you can do so in a few easy steps.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Hide Apps on iPad

Before we dive into the steps, let’s clarify what we’re achieving here. Hiding apps on your iPad means they won’t appear on your home screen or in search results. This is perfect for apps you rarely use or for those you don’t want others to easily access.

Step 1: Open the Settings app

Open the Settings app on your iPad, which is the app with gears icon.

The Settings app is the control center for your iPad, where you can adjust everything from your wallpaper to your privacy settings.

Step 2: Tap on "Siri & Search"

Scroll down and tap on the "Siri & Search" option.

This section controls how Siri interacts with the apps on your iPad, including whether they appear in search and suggestions.

Step 3: Select the app you want to hide

Scroll through the list of apps and select the app that you want to hide.

Each app has its own set of options within the "Siri & Search" settings, allowing you to customize how it appears on your device.

Step 4: Toggle off "Show App in Search"

Flip the switch next to "Show App in Search" to the off position.

This will prevent the app from showing up when you use the iPad’s search feature.

Step 5: Toggle off "Show on Home Screen"

Flip the switch next to "Show on Home Screen" to the off position.

This will remove the app from your home screen, but it will still be accessible through the App Library.

After completing these steps, the selected apps will be hidden from your home screen and search results. To access them, you’ll need to go to your App Library, which is where all your apps are stored. Simply swipe left on your home screen until you reach the App Library, and you’ll find the hidden apps there.

Tips: How to Hide Apps on iPad

  • Consider creating a folder to group similar apps together, making them less noticeable on your home screen.
  • Use Screen Time to set content and privacy restrictions, which can also help hide certain apps.
  • Remember that hiding an app doesn’t delete its data, so any notifications from the app may still appear.
  • If you change your mind, you can easily unhide the apps by following the same steps and toggling the switches back on.
  • Keep in mind that hiding an app doesn’t protect it with a password or Touch ID, so consider additional security measures if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will hiding an app delete its data?

No, hiding an app will not delete its data. The app will still be fully functional and retain all its data, just not visible on the home screen or in search results.

Can I hide default apps that come with the iPad?

Yes, you can hide most of the default apps using the same steps outlined above.

How do I find an app after I’ve hidden it?

You can find hidden apps in the App Library by swiping left on your home screen until you reach the App Library.

Can I password protect a hidden app?

Hiding an app does not password protect it. You would need to use Screen Time restrictions or third-party apps to add a password.

Will hiding an app stop its notifications?

No, hiding an app will not stop its notifications. You will need to go into the app’s settings to turn off notifications if desired.

Summary

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on "Siri & Search."
  3. Select the app you want to hide.
  4. Toggle off "Show App in Search."
  5. Toggle off "Show on Home Screen."

Conclusion

Hiding apps on an iPad is a clever trick to keep your device organized and maintain your privacy. Whether it’s to keep social media apps out of sight or to tidy up your home screen, the process is straightforward and reversible. By using the built-in settings, you have the power to customize your iPad experience to your liking. And let’s be honest, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing that you have full control over your device’s appearance and accessibility. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy a cleaner, more personalized iPad today.