How To Hide iPhone Home Screen Pages In iOS 14
Apple is aware that the iOS ecosystem has grown exponentially. It’s so large that you can find an app for almost everything. iPhone users nowadays have more apps than ever, installed on their devices.
Even if you’re organizing them in folders, you’ll still likely to end up with a couple of Home Screen pages.
In iOS 14, Apple recommends to keep the really important apps within one-tap reach, while all others can be easily accessed from the App Library.
Why Should You Hide Home Screen Pages on iPhone?
The new App Library section is available at the end of the Home Screen pages. To access it you have to swipe-left, several times, through the whole Home Screen pagination.
Hiding pages that host apps which you rarely use, will save you a lot of time. For example, if you keep only two Home Screen app pages visible, you’ll only need to swipe-left twice to access the App Library.
Fact: In the App Library you can use the Search option to open an app. You can also use the Suggestions category which is automatically curated by iOS 14. More automatically organized app categories are: Social, Productivity, Creativity, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Utilities, Education, Entertainment and others.
How To Hide iPhone Home Screen App Pages
1. Long press an app icon or an empty space on the iPhone Home Screen. Hold until you enter the Home Screen Edit mode, also known as the ‘jiggle’ mode.
2. Tap, the Home Screen pagination dots, displayed in the bottom area of the screen, just above the Dock.
3. You just entered the new Edit Pages mode. Un-check the Home Screen app pages that you want to hide. Simply, tap the check mark, displayed below the app page in question.
4. Tap Done to exit the Home Screen pages editing mode.
5. Hit Done one more time to exit jiggle mode.
Fact: As soon as you start hiding pages from the Home Screen, you’re informed that the new apps that you’ll download from the App Store, will automatically be placed in the App Library!
How To Rearrange Home Screen App Pages
At the time of writing (early iOS 14 beta stages) there is no option to drag & drop app pages to rearrange their order on the iPhone Home Screen.
However, this could change in the upcoming months. iOS 14 is scheduled to be released this fall. We will update this article whenever new options become available.
What’s your approach? will you hide app pages from the iPhone’s Home Screen to get a more streamlined access to the App Library, or you prefer to continue to use your current layout and just add some widgets? Let us know in the comments section available below.
Related: iOS 14 brings many new features to your iPhone. One of them is the native picture-in-picture video playback support, another one allows you to search for emoji. Check all of them in this comprehensive collection!
Hate the new App Library
You’ll have to make friends, it’s also coming to the iPad in iPadOS 15.
I lost an entire home screen apps page, but the apps are still in the apps library. Is there some way to restore that home screen apps page?
How did you ‘lose’ it? did you hide it from the Edit Pages menu?
To unhide: Long-press on the Home Screen to enter ‘jiggle mode’ -> Tap the pagination dots at the bottom of the screen -> And tap the checkbox next to the page that you want to unhide!
P.S.: You can’t delete Home Screen pages in iOS 14. This will be available starting with iOS 15! Are you running the iOS 15 beta?