How to unhide apps and iPhone categories

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How to unhide apps and iPhone categories
Control the appearance of your iPhone's home screens by managing apps and folders. (Courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Many iPhone users find that they accumulate large numbers of apps for their phones -- too many for each one to be displayed on the phone's home screens, even although you can have up to eleven that you swipe between. Hiding the app buttons is one way to clear your screens and arranging apps into categories is another. Categories are simply folders where you group apps together. For example, you could put all your games apps into a category called "Games", which would have one icon on a home screen. It's easy to restore hidden apps but if you've deleted a folder, although you still have the apps, you'll have to recreate the folder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open your iPhone's home screen and tap the settings icon, which looks like a set of sprockets or gears. Select "General" then "Restrictions." You'll be prompted to create a password. Do this, or enter your existing password. A list of installed apps appears.

  2. 2

    Touch the "Off" button by each app you want to unhide so that it changes to "On." The apps are now unhidden and show on your home screen.

  3. 3

    Recreate a deleted folder by touching and holding any app on a home screen until all the apps start to jiggle. Move an app over another app to create a folder. Move other apps to the folder to store them there.

Tips and warnings

  • Delete a folder by removing all the apps from it. Once the folder is empty, it disappears.
  • Your iPhone gives each new folder a name based on the nature of the apps in it. You can change the name by tapping the name field and typing in your own one.
  • You can only create folders if you have iOS 4 or above.

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