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(6 Ways) How to Find Hidden Apps on iPhone in 2021

Can apps be hidden on an iPhone? Absolutely! You can hide apps on iPhone so others wouldn't snoop around on your iPhone.

While most hidden apps wouldn't display on the iPhone home screen, a simple search on the spotlight search bar will reveal the app. Or simply asking Siri to open the app will reveal hidden apps. The procedures below will explain more details.

find hidden apps on iphone

Part 1. How to Find Hidden Apps on iPhone?

1.1 Find the App Using iPhone Search

On an iPhone, the simplest way to search for hidden apps is by using the Search feature. This tool will search through your iPhone for all installed apps and will show if an app exists by that name. The steps below show how to find hidden apps using iPhone search.

  • Unlock the iPhone, and swipe down from the middle of the home screen.
  • At the top of the screen, click on the search bar.
  • Input the name of the app you want to find and click “Go” or “Search”.
  • If the app is installed on the iPhone (hidden or not) it will automatically show under the application in the search result.

using iphone search

1.2 By Asking Siri

If the app doesn’t appear in the search result and you are sure the app is installed on the iPhone, it might be because the app is restricted from showing in the search result. In such cases, you can look up the app by asking Siri to open the app you want. The steps below show how to find hidden or missing apps on iPhone by asking Siri.

  • Unlock the iPhone and invoke Siri by pressing the side button, touch ID, or saying "Hey Siri".
  • Ask Siri to “Open + App name”.
  • Siri will search through the iPhone and automatically open the app even if it is hidden from the home screen.

ask siri to open app

1.3 Find Hidden App in App Folder

Placing apps on each other on an iPhone will create an app folder. In this app folder, apps can be hidden, which can be quite tricky to find as you may not think to check there for it. Below you’d find steps on how to find hidden apps on iPhone 11 or older.

  • Unlock your iPhone and then locate app folders on your iPhone. On the home screen, any icon that has more than one app inside the icon is an app folder.
  • Open the app folders to locate the app you are searching for.
  • You should check if there are two dots at the bottom. If there are two dots, it means there is a second screen of that folder containing more apps.
  • Swipe left to open the second screen to view more apps. You might be lucky the app you are looking for will be inside the app folder.

app folder

1.4 Find the App from the App Store

Another alternative you can quickly use to find hidden or missing apps on iPhone is by searching for them from the App store. You can try this method if none of the options above doesn't work for you.

  • Unlock your iPhone and go to the App Store.
  • At the right corner of the App Store, you will find the profile icon, click on it.
  • Go to the purchased label, and click on the option of “Not on this iPhone”.
  • If the app is on the iPhone but hidden, it will reveal itself.

app store hidden apps

1.5 Find Hidden Apps by Resetting Home Screen Layout

Peradventure you haven't been able to locate the app you are looking for so far. Perhaps you forgot the name or you're not spelling it quite right, then you can try resetting the Home Screen Layout.

With the layout of your iPhone set to original, app folders will be deleted, and apps hidden from the home screen will reveal themselves.

  • Unlock your iPhone and go to the Settings app.
  • Tap on General and then scroll down to Reset.
  • Select the option to Reset Home Screen Layout.
  • After the reset is complete, go to Home Screen, the app should reveal itself.

reset home screen layout

1.6 Restoring iPhone Backups to Find Hidden Apps

iOS devices can either back up files on iCloud or iTunes. Restoring backups from iCloud or iTunes can help you find hidden apps.

Restoring iPhone Backup from iCloud

  • Reset your iPhone by erasing everything on it before starting this process.
  • Go to Settings, scroll down to App and Data screen and select “Restore from iCloud Backup”.
  • Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID to locate where you do backup your files.
  • Choose the time and date of the backup you want to restore.
  • Once done, all hidden apps will reveal themselves.

restore iphone from icloud backup

Restoring iPhone Backup from iTunes

  • On your macOS where you keep your device backup, launch iTunes.
  • Connect your iPhone with your computer via an USB cable.
  • Next, in iTunes, click on the option of "Restore Backup".
  • Choose the time and date of the backup, and wait for the process to complete.
  • Don’t disconnect your iPhone until the process synchronizes completely, and once done all hidden apps will reveal themselves.

restore iphone from itunes backup

Part 2. Find App Data from iPhone

In case you still can't find the app you are looking for, you can use the assistance of software like FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is a powerful software that comes with a range of features to recover lost data including app data on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. FoneGeek is compatible with all iOS versions and devices, and its user-friendly interface and powerful algorithm make it a useful tool. What makes FoneGeek the top choice of many iPhone users is the advanced technology that searches for lost data in the SQLite database. Here’s how to find app data on iPhone with this powerful software.


Step 1: Firstly, open FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery on your PC and select the "Recover from iOS device" tab. Connect your iPhone to your PC, and click on the option labeled “Start”.

connect iphone to pc

Step 2: Next, choose the type of app data you intend to find. Be-it messages, contacts, third-party app data, phones and videos, memos, and others, FoneGeek can get it done. Once selected, click on "Scan".

select a data type

Step 3: Once the scan is completed, preview the data listed down. The list will include hidden app data. You can then check the tab accordingly to find the app data you intend to recover. Click "Recover" and then select the location you want to store the files and you are all done.

recover data from iphone


The next time you find yourself searching for an app you are sure is on an iPhone, consider using any of these methods mentioned in this article. If you can’t still find the app, then it is likely the app has been uninstalled from the iPhone. However, if you have any other doubts, feel free to reach out to us in the comment below.

Joan J. Mims
Wednesday on Jul 28, 2021, 10:42:36 GMT / Post By Joan J. Mims to iPhone Tips

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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