Hiding Stock apps in #iOS10

Image showing many of the apps that can be removed that are stock apps.iOS 10 adds the ability to hide certain stock apps from view. This will remove the app from your home screen, but will not delete the app from your phone. Many of these apps are very small, so they should not take up much space on your device. If you do decide to hide an app, then iOS will also remove that app’s hooks from the system, so if you remove FaceTime, Siri can’t place FaceTime calls. You can still place FaceTime calls by selecting that option from your contacts app.

Hiding stock apps in iOS 10

To hide a stock app in iOS 10, simply use the process you would normally use to delete any other app you have purchased from the App Store. There are apps that are not removable, so these will always be on your device’s home screen.

Stock apps that can be hidden

  • Music
  • Mail
  • Calendar
  • Maps
  • Weather
  • Stocks
  • News
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • Videos
  • iBooks
  • iTunes Store
  • Home
  • FaceTime
  • Calculator
  • Podcasts
  • Watch
  • Compass
  • Tips
  • Contacts
  • Voice Memos
  • Find My Friends

Many of these can be removed to make way for you to use your own solution, an example of this would be to hide the Mail app and use Microsoft Outlook

Restoring Stock Apps

image showing the weather app in the iOS App StoreYou can restore apps back to your device by searching for them in the App Store. The App Store will contain a full app page for each app that is on your device.

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