How to Find Hidden Apps on iPhone / iPad (iOS 14 / 15)

Are you suspecting there are some apps you cannot find on a smartphone and are wondering how to find hidden apps on iPhone? There are several options for hiding apps on an iPhone, maybe because they are too embarassing or too addictive to keep on the Home screen. Or maybe you just plain don't want other people to see them or are looking for apps hidden in a partner's or child's phone.

There are many ways to hide apps on iPhone.  You can put them in folders or relocate them to the App Library for example. You can also reduce clutter by removing all Home screen pages if you have iOS 14 or later installed.

But what if you need to locate apps that you haven’t used in a while and can’t remember how to access? Or you need to discover any apps that have been hidden on someone else's iPhone?

There are several methods for quickly locating hidden apps on the iPhone.

Find Hidden Apps by Making use of iPhone’s search feature

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iOS includes a built-in search feature that allows you to quickly find any app installed on your iPhone, even if it’s hidden in a folder or the App Library. Swipe down on the Home screen to begin searching and then type the name of the app.

Then simply tap the app icon that will appear on the search results list to open it, or press Go on the keyboard.

If you still can’t find a hidden app on your iPhone this way, see if it’s blocked from appearing in search results.

To do so, we’ll use our iPhone’s Settings app. Then press and hold Siri & Search. Scroll down to find the hidden app, then tap it to open it. If the switch next to Show in Search is deactivated, turn it on on the next screen.

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Using Siri to find Hidden Apps

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You can always use Siri to find hidden apps on your iPhone just as easily as you can use the iPhone’s Search feature. Use the Siri voice command or press and hold the Side button to start using Siri. Then say Open [app name], and Siri will locate it for you.

Look Inside App Library

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The App Library, which launched in iOS 14, displays all of your iPhone’s installed apps. As a result, you can hide apps from Home screen pages without having to uninstall them. 

Using Search or Siri to find and open any app you’ve hidden works well, but you can also use the App Library to search and open them.

Swipe to the right of the final Home screen page to access the App Library. Then, to open the hidden app, go to the category that corresponds to it. Alternatively, you can use the Search field at the top of the App Library to quickly find what you need.

If you want to return to the Home screen with an app from the App Library, press and hold the icon and drag it. You’ll be taken back to the Home screen automatically. Then, in the location where you want the app to appear, release it. You can also select Add to Home Screen by long-pressing the app icon.

Unhide Pages on the Home Screen

If you notice that your iPhone is missing a lot of apps, it’s possible that you hid a few Home screen pages. You can access those apps via Search, Siri, or the App Library, but you can also unhide the pages that contain them.

To begin, enter jiggle mode by long-pressing a blank area of the Home screen. 

Continue by tapping the dot strip above the dock. You should see all visible and hidden Home screen pages on the next screen. Unhide the apps by enabling the pages that contain them.

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Look Within App Store

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When compared to Search, Siri, or the App Library, using the App Store to find hidden apps on the iPhone is less advantageous. It does, however, help you in determining whether you’ve deleted (rather than hidden) an app or restricted it using Screen Time.

Open the App Store, tap Search in the lower-right corner of the screen, and type in the app’s name. Tap Open if it shows up in the search results.

Instead, if you see a cloud-shaped symbol beside the app, tap it to download it. After that, you can open it.

If you get a Restrictions Enabled notification while tapping Open, you’ll need to use Screen Time to allow the app. We’ll look into how to remove these restrictions next.

Removing Screen Time Restrictions

Screen Time is an iOS feature that helps to track and limit how much time you spend on your iPhone. It also enables you to completely restrict (hide) a number of native apps (Messages, Mail, Camera, and so on).

You can’t use any other methods to open apps that have been hidden by Screen Time. They appear in the App Store, but you are unable to open them. Only by removing the Screen Time restrictions will you be able to access these apps.

Navigate to the Content & Privacy Restrictions from the Settings app. If your iPhone asks you for a Screen Time password, then type it. 

If you don’t remember your passcode, you can use your Apple ID username and password to reset it. After that, go to Allowed Apps and turn on the toggles next to the apps you want to reveal. They’ll appear on the Home screen after that.

Reset Layout Of Your Home Screen

Perform an additional Home screen reset to find hidden apps on your iPhone and restore the Home screen to its original state. To do so, open the Settings app, go to General, Reset, and Reset Home Screen Layout.

All custom folders will be deleted, all Home screen pages will be unhidden, and all apps that you’ve moved to the App Library will be re-added. It will not, however, affect any apps that have been hidden using Screen Time.

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Check App Purchases That Aren’t Visible

You can hide app purchases on your iPhone in addition to removing apps from the Home screen.

Open up the Settings app on your iPhone to see a list of your hidden app purchases. Then tap View Account, select your Apple ID, and then tap Media & Purchases. Scroll down and tap Hidden Purchases that will appear on the next screen.

Unhide or locate

It’s simple to find even the most well-hidden apps on your iPhone using the methods shown above. The majority of them can also be used to find hidden apps on iPad, because this also uses iOS.

Hidden iPhone app FAQs

How do I get back all of my hidden apps on iPhone?

There is no method to simultaneously unhide all hidden apps. You must go into Hidden Purchases and redownload each app separately.

How do I unhide apps on Apple Watch?

Open the Watch app on your iPhone which is linked to it. Turn on the Show App on Apple Watch toggle for the app you want to unhide in the My Watch tab > Installed on Apple Watch section.

Where do I find the app library in iOS 14 / 15?

To find it, simply swipe all the way to the very last, rightmost page of your iPhone’s home screen. All of your apps will be organized into several folders once you get there.

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