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Home > Tips > [Solved] How to Hide Apps via Screen Time in iOS 12

[Solved] How to Hide Apps via Screen Time in iOS 12

Want to know how to hide apps in iOS 12 from others who might snoop? Check this guide now. It shows how to hide apps from Screen Time in iOS 12. In such way, you can hide both stock and downloaded apps in iOS 12.

Updated Jul 09,2019 | by Joy

Want to know how to hide apps in iOS 12 from others who might snoop? Or you might need to prevent your children from playing some game or apps on your iPhone to get stronger parental control in iOS 12. If you are just worrying about it, then you’ve come to the right place. The article shows the simple but effective method to hide both stock and downloaded apps in iOS 12.

Note: iOS 13 is coming with lots of fabulous features, for those who want to update to iOS 13, here is the detailed tutorial on how to upgrade to iOS 13 effortlessly.

How to Hide Apps via Screen Time in iOS 12

If you’ve updated to iOS 12, you will see there are various iOS 12 new features like Siri ShortcutsAugmented Reality Measure, Screen Time, etc. In the previous article, we told you how to use Screen Time in iOS 12. Today, we’ll let you know how to use it to hide apps in iOS 12. This method is divided into two parts. One is about hiding the Stock apps in iOS 12. The other is about hiding your downloaded apps. Read on.

Part 1. How to Hide the Stock Apps via Screen Time in iOS 12

There are some stock apps on iPhone like Camera, Mail, Safari, FaceTime, Wallet, etc. you can hide. But note that there are some other stock apps like Settings, Photos, Health, which can’t be hidden on your device. Before hiding apps via Screen Time, ensure that you’ve upgraded to iOS 12

If it’s your first time using Screen Time, check this: How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12

Don’t miss this guide before iOS 12 update: Top 10 iOS 12 Potential Problems Found So Far and Quick Fixes

Step 1. Open Settings app on your iOS device and go to “Screen Time” > “Content & Privacy Restrictions”. Then switch on “Content & Privacy Restrictions” in the next page.

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Step 2. Tap on “Allowed Apps” and then turn off the switch next to each app you want to hide.

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Now you’ve successfully hided apps in iOS 12. Simply check out on your screen. Note that they won’t even appear in the search result.

Tip: If you want to bring them back, just follow the above steps and then turn on the apps.

How to Hide Your Downloaded Apps in iOS 12

Step 1. As in the previous step, go to “Settings” > “Screen Time” > switch on “Content & Privacy Restrictions”.

Step 2. Tap on “Content Restrictions” and scroll down to click “Apps”.

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Step 3. Click “Don’t Allow Apps” to conceal all of your downloaded apps on iPhone. 


You can hide your apps on age-basis. For instance, clicking the “9+” option will hide all the apps that require the users to be 9 years old or above.

If you don’t want to hide them anymore, simply follow the same steps and click “Allow All Apps”.

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Are there so many apps on your iOS device? If there isn’t enough storage space for installing your favorite apps, check the following guide to delete apps in bulk to free up more space for iPhone. IOTransfer is an easy iPhone manager, which enables you to manage and transfer apps, videos, music, contacts, etc. between iOS devices and PC. It’s also a useful tool to download and convert videos, create GIFs with ease. Next, let’s see how to manage apps with IOTransfer.

Also Read: Can't Delete Apps on iPhone - 3 Methods to Fix the Problem

Bonus Tip: How to Delete Apps with an Easy iPhone Manager

Before deleting - Free download IOTransfer and install it to your Windows 7/8/8.1/10. Also, connect your iPhone to computer with a USB. It works in iOS 8 or later and it’s also fully compatible with iOS 12.

Start the deletion - Launch IOTransfer and go to “MANAGE” > “Apps” > choose the app you want to remove > “Delete”. One of the nice features of IOTransfer is that it will display a prompt for confirmation before deleting your apps. 

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Bottom Line:

If you want to hide apps in iOS 12, you can also put them in a folder. Personally, it’s not a perfect way because they will also be found on the screen. Therefore, use Screen Time is a great way to hide the Stock apps and downloaded apps in iOS 12. Share the method with your friends now. 

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