Your iPhone’s home screen just got a whole lot more exciting thanks to iOS 14, which is finally giving Android a run for its money in terms of home screen customization. What’s new? Widgets in three different sizes, a new searchable App Library, and most importantly, the ability to hide entire home screen pages.
For the most part, folders work nicely to organize a chaotic home page, but having separate folders for mobile games, social media, food delivery, and other categories can still muddy the flow of the home screen. It gets worse when you have hundreds of third-party apps installed. With the advent of the new App Library, which lets you search your apps via automatically created folders and browse via vertical lists, there’s less of a need for an abundance of home screen pages.
That’s precisely why iOS 14 now offers you the ability to hide entire home pages — so that you can hide the mess of apps you hardly use, but so that you can still access them when you need to without any issues.
On your iPhone running iOS 14, to hide an entire home screen page, you’ll need to enter the home screen editor. Before, you could do that by long-pressing an app or folder until the quick actions menu comes and goes, or you could select “Edit Home Screen” from any app or folder’s quick actions.
Those methods still apply in iOS 14, but you can also long-press on your wallpaper to jump right into the editor. Plus, you can long-press a widget or widget stack until the editor jiggles everything or choose “Edit Home Screen” from its quick actions.
You’ll see several new options appear on the screen in iOS 14’s home screen editor, such as the plus (+) sign in the top left (that’s for widgets). Above the dock at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the dots for each home page you have. Before, you could tap a dot or swipe left or right on them all to change pages during edit mode. Now, those dots turn into a button with a gray background. Tap that to view and manage your home screen pages.
Previews of your home pages will appear on your screen; you may have to scroll to see them all. To hide a one, simply tap on the checked circle underneath the preview to uncheck it. You need to have at least one page checked, so you can’t make them all invisible, but it’s pretty darn close.
Once you uncheck the home page or pages you want to hide, tap on “Done,” then “Done” again. Now, if you swipe through your home screen, the hidden home page or pages will no longer appear. However, you’ll still have access to the apps.
Accessing Apps from Hidden Home Screen Pages
As mentioned previously, hiding a home page doesn’t delete its apps, you’re just tucking them away. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to access any apps that are on a hidden home page.
From any home page, swipe left until you reach your App Library. If you’re looking for a specific app, you can find it in a category listed, type it into the search bar at the top of the screen, or scroll through the list of apps that appears after tapping the search bar or swiping down on the App Library.
Unfortunately, you cannot browse through a hidden home page, in case you forget which apps are on it, but you could always just bring the home page back to your screen. When you hide a home screen page, iOS remembers its layout, so the apps will still appear in the same location when you bring it back.
Bringing Back Hidden Home Screen Pages
Bringing back a hidden home page is as easy as hiding it in the first place. Go back into the home screen editor, whichever way you like best, tap the page dots button for editing pages, then touch the circle underneath the grayed out page to check it.
This will bring back your home page, with all of its applications, back to the same place where it was before on your home screen. Hit “Done,” then “Done” again when you’re finished to save your changes and view your newly unhidden home page.
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