Unofficial trick allows temporary hiding of undesired app icons

Rafagon

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According to an article on Macrumors, a newly uncovered trick allows iOS 9 users to hide undesired app icons without the need for a jailbreak.

However, I need to call your attention to this one line in the article: "As a boilerplate disclaimer, this is an unofficial trick and we cannot guarantee it will not cause any unforeseen problems on your iPhone or iPad."

 
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Since a reboot brings them back and scatters them all over the home screen and repeating this process each time gets tedious, I prefer to just put unused apps on page two of a folder and forget about them (thanks @Kadelic for that tip a while back). They stay hidden there since only the first page of apps in a folder can be seen from the home screen. I don't even bother with hiding them through jailbreak tweaks anymore.
 

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If you are lucky enough to own a copy of the Configurator OS X application, you may be able to hide stock apps beginning with iOS 9.3 (assuming the currently-in-beta feature makes it to the final release version of the operating system).

It seems that Apple has finally taken a step towards officially allowing users to hide unwanted or unused stock apps.

Assuming your workplace is Mac-friendly, then if you are friendly with IT staff at your workplace, check with them; they may have access to the Configurator app. If not, time to start sowing the seeds for a friendship now. The friendship should be ready by the time iOS 9.3 ships.

Update: The article mentioned that Configurator "is only available to the business and education markets for mass configuration of iOS devices." The article was wrong. It is available to anyone. You can download the app here, although it is currently in version 2.1. The article mentions that you will need 2.2, which is currently beta.
 
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LOL. In other words, they do something for the iPhone, but it can't be done with the iPhone. One needs a Mac.
He means it's a feature for the "iPhone," but currently needs the Configurator Mac OS X app in order to make it work. A Mac runnning OS X is required, an Ledstepling doesn't currently own a Mac.
 

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He means it's a feature for the "iPhone," but currently needs the Configurator Mac OS X app in order to make it work. A Mac runnning OS X is required, an Ledstepling doesn't currently own a Mac.
Ledstepling? Ok Rafagong! :D