You can’t really hide apps on the iPhone, but you can make them hard to find . If you can’t find an app on your iPhone’s home screen, it might still be available in your app library. Also, some hidden app purchases can be revealed. Here’s how to do both.
Reveal “hidden” apps in your app library
From iOS 14 Apple introduced a page of app library on your iPhone that displays an organized list of all the apps installed on your device. An app may be installed on your iPhone that doesn’t appear on the home screen, but can still be accessed in your app library. If that’s the case, you can easily add app to your home screen.
To open your App Library, repeatedly swipe left on the home screen of the icons until you reach the last page, then swipe once more and the App Library will open. You will see a grid of icons in different categories that represent the apps you have installed. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen and type the name of the app you’re looking for.
When you find it, touch and hold your finger on its icon in the results list. In the menu that appears, select “Add to Home Screen”.
After that, you can go back to your home screen and you will see the icon of the app you just added to your home screen on one of the pages.
In the future, if you want all newly downloaded apps appear on your home screen automatically, open the Settings app and tap “Home Screen”. Then add a check mark next to “Add to home screen”.
Reveal hidden app purchases on your iPhone
Using your Apple ID settings, you can hide previous purchases of items such as apps. If you can’t find an app you want to download in your Purchase History, open Settings and tap your Apple ID at the top. Then select “Media & Purchases” and tap on “Hidden Purchases”.
On the next screen, you will see a list of purchases that you have previously hidden. Tap “Show” behind any app you want to show again.
After that, the app will appear in your Purchase History (Settings > Apple ID > Media & Purchases > Purchase History). If the app is not already installed on your iPhone, you will need to re-download it from the App Store. Good luck!