Can apps be hidden on an iPhone? Absolutely! You can easily hide all the downloaded apps on your iPhone from others who might snoop, or from yourself if you're addicted to some games.
But what if you need to locate apps that you haven't used for a while and have no idea whare they went? Or you need to find any apps that have been hidden on your children's iPhone?
Don't worry! We're here to help you out. This article will show you how to unhidden apps on your iPhone and how to find app data that might be important to you.
On an iPhone, the simplest way to search for hidden apps is by using the Search feature. It allows you to search through your iPhone for any installed apps. Here's how to find hidden apps using iPhone search.
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. Follow the steps below to find hidden or missing apps on iPhone by asking Siri.
The App Library displays all installed apps on your iPhone, so you can hide apps from Home screen pages without having to uninstall them. You can easily access the hidden apps and add them back on the Home screen. Here's how to unhidden apps in the iPhone App Library:
Sometimes you may hide entire Home screen pages to hide apps on your iPhone. You can still access these apps via Search, Siri, or the App Library. In addition, you can choose to unhide the Home screen pages to find the missing apps. Follow the steps below to do that:
Another way you can use to find hidden or missing apps on iPhone is by going through the Hidden Purchases from the App Store. You can try this method if none of the options above work for you.
Grouping apps together by dragging will create app folders on iPhone. Usually, a folder can have up to 12 pages of apps, so the app you are searching for might be invisiable unless you go through all the pages.
Screen Time is a helpful feature that limits the time you spend on your iPhone. It also lests you to restrict or hide some apps like Messages, Mail, or Camera etc. For the apps that have been hidden by Screen Time, you can't access or open them using any other methods until you remove the Screen Time restrictions.
If you haven't been able to locate the app you are looking for so far. Perhaps you forgot the app ame 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.
iOS devices can either back up data on iCloud or iTunes. Restoring backups from iCloud or iTunes can help you find hidden apps.
Restoring iPhone Backup from iCloud
Restoring iPhone Backup from iTunes
In case you still can't find the hidden app you are looking for, you can rely on third-party tool like FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. It 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 iPhone Data Recovery is compatible with all iOS versions and iOS 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”.
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".
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.
How do you unhide apps on Apple Watch?
To unhide apps on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on the paired iPhone, then go to My Watch > Installed on Apple Watch to turn on the "Show App on App Watch", toggle for the app you want to unhide.
How do I unhide all apps on my iPhone?
Well, there is no way to unhide all hidden apps on your iPhone at the same time. You should find each app in Hidden Purchases and re-download them one by one.
How to delete hidden apps on iPhone directly?
On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and all your apps will be listed with their memory sizes. Find the hidden apps that you don't need anymore and tap it, then hit "Delete App".
The next time you find yourself searching for an app you are sure is on an iPhone, consider using any of the methods mentioned in this article. If you can’t still find the hidden 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 is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.
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