Here's the secret way to hide the iPhone apps that Apple doesn't let you delete

Corey ProtinNot being able to hide the default iPhone apps is a real annoyance to Apple users.

iPhone researcher Jose Rodriguez has discovered a way to hide un-wanted iPhone apps, something that bugs millions of users.

Apple includes 30 applications with the iPhone and none of them can be deleted. Many iPhone owners have resorted to creating an “Apple” folder that contains un-used and un-removeable apps. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook, has vaguely hinted that the company may be working on a way to remove the default apps that come with the iPhone and iPad, but in the mean time there is still no way to do it with Apple’s permission. 

Here’s how to do it. 

1. Download a white (or grey) wallpaper.

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This is an important step as it means the folder and apps blend into the background. Downloads are available here (for white) and here (for grey).

2. Make sure that your settings are correct.

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Go to Settings > Accessibility > Increase Contrast. If the setting marked 'Reduce Transparency' is marked on, turn it off.

3. Set the wallpaper as your home screen background.

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Set whichever colour wallpaper you have chosen as your homescreen background. When you go to the home screen, everything should be either white or grey.

4. Remove folder names.

5. Make clear app icons.

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To make clear app icons, download App Icons.

From here, open the app and select 'Create Icon' (in the top right). Click 'Go to Link' and then insert a full stop into the 'Type URL' section. From the list of options -- which includes 'Skin,' 'Frame' and 'Decor' -- select Photo and choose the same image you used for the background.

Now click 'Install' (in the top left) and pin the 'app' to the homescreen where it should blend in with the background.

6. Rearrange the folder to hide the apps.

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Move all of the apps you want to hide -- and the newly created blank app -- into the folder with a hidden name. Move the apps onto the second page of the folder leaving the blank app on the first.

7. Enjoy!

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Navigate back to the homescreen and you should now have a hidden folder with all of the apps you can't delete.

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