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Published on Nov 10, 2021
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Sophia Clark

How To Unhide Apps On The iPhone?

There are many apps that kids download on their devices. Some apps might be appropriate for their age, while some might not be. Most of the time, kids hide apps they have downloaded from their devices so that parents will not see what apps they have downloaded.

You might know kids as tech-savvy; they can find different ways to hide apps on their devices. You will never know what they are hiding on their device. So, it would be great to keep an eye on what apps your kids are downloading on their devices and unhide apps on the iPhone.


It’s always essential for you to know what your kids are doing on their devices to maintain the good digital habits of kids. You need to find hidden apps and unhide them to bring transparency between you and your kids. This is why you will need to know how to unhide apps on devices.

What Happens When You Hide Apps on Your Device?

By hiding apps on your device, apps will not show up on your home screen. You will not be able to view the app on the list of purchases on your app store. Even if you are using family sharing on the app store, the app won’t appear on people’s app store with whom you are sharing the app store. However, the app will be available on purchase history.

Ways To Find and Unhide Apps on the iPhone

There are different ways to find and unhide apps or see the hidden apps on your kid’s device. Here are some of the simple ways to unhide apps on the iPhone.

1. Search For The App On Search Bar

Searching for the app on the search bar that you might suspect your kids are hiding is the easiest way to find hidden apps. If you ever suspect your kids have downloaded a specific app and have hidden it, then search for the app. The steps that you need to follow to search for apps on IOS devices are,

  • Head towards your phone’s home screen.
  • At the top of the screen, you will find the search bar; click on it.
  • Now enter the name of the app that you suspect your kids are hiding on their phone.
  • If you find the app, then it means your kids have downloaded the app and hidden the app on their devices. Or if you do not see the app, then they have not installed it on their device.
  • Once you find the app, you will need to hold and drop the app on your home screen menu.

One drawback of this method is it’s quite difficult as there are many apps and you need to search time one by one. And it can be quite a task.

2. Find Through Home Screen

Another method you can use to find the hidden apps on the iPhone is the home screen. The method can be pretty tricky as well as easy at the same time. To find hidden apps on an IOS device, you should turn your IOS device to jiggle mode. To find and unhide hidden apps on an IOS device, follow the steps given below:

  • Press on the home screen for a long time which will turn your IOS device into jiggle mode.
  • Now on the screen, you will see three dots; click on them. You will see all the apps on the home screen.
  • Finally, by enabling the app, you will be able to unhide apps on the iPhone.

This is the easiest method to unhide hidden apps on an IOS device.

3. Find Hidden Apps Through Siri

You can also find hidden apps on IOS devices through Siri and use the above unhiding method to unhide apps on the iPhone. For finding hidden apps on an IOS device, follow the steps given below.

  • Press your Touch ID for a few seconds.
  • Command the app you are trying to search. For instance, “Open [app name]”.
  • Siri will open the app if the app is installed on the device.
  • Now to unhide the app, go to your app library.
  • Enter the name of the app you want to unhide.
  • Now you can unhide the apps on iPhone by adding the app on the home screen.

This method might not be effective as you never know what apps are hidden on the target device.

4. Use App Store

One of the best methods of finding hidden apps and unhiding them is to use the app store. Here are the steps that you can use to find apps and unhide them.

  • Open your app store.
  • On the search bar, you can search for the app.
  • If the app is installed on the device, the app will show up.
  • Finally, you can follow the above method to unhide apps on the iPhone.

5. Methods of Unhiding Apps on Mac

Kids do not just hide apps on their iPhone or iPad; sometimes, they even hide apps on their Macbook. You can unhide the apps on Mac by following the steps given below:

  • Open your App store from your Macbook.
  • Sign in to your Apple ID if you have not signed in to your Apple ID on your Macbook.
  • Now go to the “Hidden Items” and select “Manage.”
  • Select the app you want to hide.
  • Now click on Unhide and select Done.
  • The app will appear on your Purchased List.


i. How To Find Hidden Apps On Macbook?

If you want to find hidden apps or purchased apps on Macbook, you can follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the App Store on your Macbook.
  • Go to your profile icon, and click on view information.
  • After scrolling down, select the “Manage” option.
  • Finally, select the “Unhide” option.

And that’s it; you will be able to unhide apps on Macbook.

ii. How To Unhide Files on Mac?

To unhide files on Mac, you can follow the steps given below.

  • Open the folder where you want to open the hidden file.
  • Now enter “cmd+shift+.”
  • Finally, you will be able to see hidden files in the folder.
  • If you want to hide the file again, you can use the same command again.

iii. Where Can I Find My Hidden Apps on iPhone or Ipad?

On the app library, you can find the hidden app on your iPhone or iPad. You can easily find where your hidden apps are on your iPhone by using the steps given below.

  • To find the hidden app from the home screen, first of all, go to your home screen and swipe right.
  • Tap on the search bar with “App Library.”
  • Now scroll down to find the hidden app.
  • Hold the app and drag the app to your home screen.
  • Now, you can delete the app or hide it again.

iv. How Do I Hide Apps on Mac?

For hiding apps on Mac, you need to follow the steps given below.

  • Open your app store from your Macbook. If you have not signed in to the app store, at first you need to sign in to the app store.
  • Now click on your name, and view your app purchase list.
  • Click on the more option over the app that you want to hide, click on the Hide Purchase option.
  • You need to confirm again, by clicking on the Hide Purchase option.


We hide apps due to various reasons, and sometimes it becomes essential to unhide apps that you have hidden. So when you think of hiding apps, you also need to know ways to unhide them. Here I have mentioned both ways to hide and unhide apps on your IOS device.

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Sophia Clark

Sophia Clark is a writer from Sydney, kid-lit enthusiast, and mom of three kids who loves to writes about motherhood, parenting, and big feelings.