In what feels like an annual affair, somebody has once again found a glitch with the iOS Home Screen. The bug allows users to place folders inside folders on the iOS 7 Springboard, which is normally not possible. With a certain configuration of steps, the bug can also make apps disappear from the Home Screen entirely. For instance, you could hide some of the stock Apple apps (like Compass or Voice Memos) that normally can’t be removed.

The apps aren’t actually deleted from your iPhone or iPad; it’s merely a visual display glitch that hides them. This means the apps will return when you reboot your iOS device. The steps to hide some apps are below, but the video demo above by iDeviceHelpus demonstrates how to do it more clearly.

  1. Put the apps you want to hide in a folder.
  2. Put this folder on a page of your Home Screen that is full. This means that you need both a full grid of icons as well as a full dock (the dock stretches to 6 apps on the iPad).
  3. You then drag any app on top of another one to create a folder. As the folder animation begins, quickly drag the folder you want to hide inside the newly created folder. You have to be fast here; watch the video to get a better idea of the timing.
  4. Remove the two apps in the folder first. Then drag out the subfolder and it will vanish completely. The apps have now been hidden.

As said above, the apps will return after a device reboot when Springboard resets itself. This glitch has been confirmed to work on iOS 7.1. In future iOS 7 updates, Apple is likely to fix the underlying issue which means the loophole will likely stop working in future releases.

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