Have you ever noticed that most of the icons on your iPhone home screen are useless?
Like, when’s the last time you used the “Stocks” app, for example? Or the all-important “iBooks”? They aren’t exactly what we’d call essential, and things only get worse once you realize a lot of the icons are just links to Apple stores (i.e. iTunes Store, App Store, etc.). Wouldn’t you rather replace those annoying apps with practical ones that you actually, you know, use?
Well now you can, thanks to YouTube user videosdebarraquito, who uploaded a video of how to do it. But since it’s a little long, we’ll help break it down for you.
First up, you have to make sure your iPhone is running on iOS 9 or a newer version. Anything older and it won’t work. All set? Good.
Now you want to make a folder, where you will put the apps you no longer want to appear on your home screen. To make a folder, place your thumb or finger over an icon and hold it there for about two seconds, until the icon starts to jiggle around. Once that happens, simply drag one over another to create a folder. Once done, it’ll look like this:
When creating the folder, be sure that you don’t fill it up beyond the first page. Once you have all of your unwanted apps rounded up, make them jiggle again and drag only one of them over to the second page of the folder.
Now you want to drag that same icon from the second page of the folder to the third page, which will be indicated by a third white dot appearing at the bottom of your screen.
Once you have the icon over the third page, hit the home button on your phone without letting go of the icon with your finger (you may have to use two hands here).
If done correctly, the icon should simply zoom away. The trick seems to create a glitch that boots the icon out of the folder, and away from your home screen. You can still dig up the icon by searching for it, so you’re not actually deleting anything. Just keep in mind that everytime you reboot your phone, the icons will reappear.
If you’re still confused, check out the full video below: