How to Find Hidden Apps on iPhone

If you’re having trouble locating an app you hid on your iPhone, there’s several ways to find it.

You can search for the app using iPhone’s search feature, look for it in the App Library (only available on iOS 14 or above), find it in hidden pages on the Home Screen, or open it through the App Store. Let’s look at each method in detail.

Use the Search Feature

  1. Swipe down anywhere on the Home Screen to open the search bar.

    Search Feature on the iPhone
    Swipe down to open the search bar.
  2. Type the name of the hidden app, and it’ll show up under the search bar.

    Searching for an App Using the Search Feature on the iPhone
    Type the name of the app you’re looking for in the search bar.
  3. If it doesn’t appear, you might have blocked it from showing up in search results. In this case, go to Settings.

    Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap the app you want to unblock from search results.

    List of Apps in the Settings App
    Tap the app you want to unhide.
  5. Tap Siri & Search.

    Unblocking App from Siri & Search on the iPhone
    Tap Siri & Search.
  6. Tap Show App in Search to allow it to appear in search results. You’ll now be able to search for the app on the Home Screen.

    Allowing App to be Searched on the iPhone
    Turn on Show App in Search.

Note: Even if “Show on Home Screen” is turned off, you’ll still be able to find the app using the search feature.

Use the App Library

The App Library shows all of the apps on your iPhone, even if hidden from the Home Screen. Here’s how you can find hidden apps in the App Library.

  1. Swipe left and go to the end of the Home Screen to get to the App Library.

    App Library on the iPhone
    Go to the App Library.
  2. Search for the app using the search box at the top.

    Search Feature in App Library on the iPhone
    Search for the hidden app.
  3. Alternatively, look for the app in one of the App Folders in the App Library. For example, if the app you’re looking for is a game, you can search for it inside the “Games” folder.
    App Folders in App Library on the iPhone Where Hidden Apps are Located
    Find the hidden app in the App Library.
  4. Tap the folder, and you’ll find the app inside it.

    Inside an App Folder in App Library on the iPhone
    Launch the app.

Unhide Pages on the Home Screen

This method works if a hidden page is added to your Home Screen and the app is hidden inside this page.

  1. Tap and hold anywhere on the Home Screen until the apps start jiggling.

    Editing Home Screen on the iPhone
    Tap and hold on the screen until the apps start jiggling.
  2. Tap the dots at the bottom of the screen to see all the pages on the Home Screen.

    Opening the Pages on the Home Screen
    Tap the dots.
  3. If you have any hidden page on the Home Screen, it will be greyed out, and there will be an empty bubble beneath it.

    Home Screen Pages on the iPhone
    Look for any hidden page.
  4. Tap the empty bubble, and a checkmark will appear in its place.

    Unhiding a Page on the Home Screen
    Tap the empty bubble to unhide the page.
  5. You’ll now be able to access the page and all the apps on it on the Home Screen.

    A Home Screen Page After Unhiding It
    You’ll be able to see the page on the Home Screen after unhiding it.

Use the App Store

Sometimes, it is best to go back to where you originally installed the app, the App Store, to make sure it’s installed. If installed, there will be an option to open it.

  1. Tap App Store on the Home Screen.

    Home Screen on the iPhone Where App Store is Located
    Tap App Store.
  2. Tap Search in the bottom-right corner.

    App Store on the iPhone
    Tap Search.
  3. Search for the app you’re looking for in the search bar at the top.

    Search Feature in the Apple App Store
    Search for the hidden app.
  4. If the app hasn’t been deleted from your iPhone, you’ll be able to open it from the App Store. Tap Open to launch the app.

    Opening a Hidden App on the App Store
    Launch the app.

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