How to Remove Apps and Pages from Your iPhone’s Home Screen

How to Remove Apps and Pages from Your iPhone’s Home Screen
iPhone user removing apps from the Home screen by editing pages
Khamosh Pathak

For years, Android owners have been able to hide apps from their home screens. Now, as long as you’re running iOS 14 or newer, iPhone owners can remove and hide apps as well as pages from the home screen and put things in the App Library.

The App Library is Apple’s version of the app drawer. It’s available on the last page of the home screen. Here, you’ll find all of your installed apps sorted in various categories. You can also see a list of all apps from the Search field.

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Now that all apps are available in the App Library, it brings up the question. Why should you keep the same rarely-used apps on the home screen as well? You can do this in two ways. You can either remove particular apps from your home screen (they’ll still show up in Spotlight Search and the App Library), or you can remove entire pages and hide all apps from that page in an instant.

Remove or Hide Apps from Your iPhone’s Home Screen

First, let’s see how you can remove or hide individual apps from your iPhone’s home screen (without deleting them).

To do this, tap and hold an app that you want to remove. From the options menu, choose the “Remove App” option.

Tap Remove App from the app menu

In the delete app menu, you’ll see a new option. Here, choose the “Remove From Home Screen” option.

Tap Remove from Home Screen

The app will instantly disappear from your iPhone’s home screen. You can go to the App Library (by swiping to the right-most page) and search for it to launch the app.

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Search for app from App Library

Remove or Hide Pages from Your iPhone’s Home Screen

If you’re like us, you probably have a couple of pages filled with apps that you almost never visit. If you’re used to launching apps from Spotlight Search, you might want to remove all the pages between your first page and the App Library.

To do this, tap and hold in an empty part of your iPhone’s home screen to enter editing mode. Now, tap the Page Dots found above the dock at the bottom of the device’s display.

Tap on the page dots

This will bring up a new UI that lists all of the pages in a grid. Tap the checkmark below a page to remove it. You can do this for as many pages as you want (except for the first page).

You can come back here at any time to re-enable a page. Once you’re done editing, tap the “Done” button.

Uncheck pages and tap on Done

Once you go back to the home screen, you’ll see that the page dots at the bottom of the screen have reduced in number. You can now quickly swipe to the App Library page.

Reduced page dots 

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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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