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The latest upgrade to Apple’s iOS has introduced a host of new features that aim to ease user’s interaction with the device enable inter-devices connectivity. One of the most talked about features was HandOff and Continuity. Along with external device accessibility, the upgrade also added advanced functionalities that were previously absent or took complicated steps to execute in earlier iOS versions.

Creating nested folders and hiding apps from the home screen were relatively complicated as compared to other mobile operating systems. The upgrade added easy functionality to hide apps and users can access them whenever required. It also enabled easy nesting of folders to group apps together that are less used or for classification purposes.

Although some of the functionalities were absent in iOS 7, a tiny bug allowed users to create nested folders. People had to use external third-party apps to hide applications from their home page. Let us explore the steps for hiding apps and creating nested folders in iOS 8.

How to Hide Apps in iOS 8

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Hiding an app from the home screen has its own advantages. It avoids cluttering of apps that are no longer actively used or allows users to effectively hide apps that they don’t want others to find them using. Follow the below-mentioned steps to effectively hide apps in iOS 8.

  1. Start with the home screen that is currently having several apps
  2. Select the application that you want to hide and tap on it until it wiggles
  3. Drag it above another icon on the home screen to make it a folder
  4. Once the folder creation process starts, i.e. once the folder structure appears on the screen discard it by placing the icon on the dock.
  5. The icon would disappear but still show up in search results.
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Voila, you now have successfully hidden apps from your phone screen. Now only you know the hidden app exists on your phone and can access it using the Search function (see image above). The folder also reappears if you restart your device.

How to Create Nested Folders in iOS 8

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It is a relatively quick process and required that you follow each step carefully to create nested folders easily. Follow the below steps:

  1. Drag one of the apps on your home screen on top of another to create a folder containing the two. You would be nesting this folder inside the one we create next.
  2. This process has to be done quickly before the zoom occurs and therefore be prepared. Now select another app and place it on top of another app until the folder creation window show. Select the folder as soon as you drop this app on top of the first one and drag it into the folder that is created by the two apps. You may not be able to do it the first time so don’t worry. Practice some more times and you’ll figure it out.
  3. Now you have a nested folder and can go on nesting such folders as deep as you want. Follow the above steps in each process.

Third Party Apps

Due to lack of these functionalities, third-party developers have developed apps for hiding folders and application to limit access and maintain privacy. The applications also allowed users to lock the folders with passcode or custom passwords.

Although the apps were aimed towards easing the functionalities that were commonly available in Android and other mobile OS, they only had limited access to the iPhone OS. Programmers often had to jailbreak iPhone devices to enable basic functionalities like these

Conclusion

Now that iOS natively supports the features, the apps would either become obsolete or have to invent further capabilities to sustain themselves in the market. The password based locking feature may be usable in the upgrade as iOS doesn’t provide any support for the same but that single feature is hardly going to convince customers to buy a new app.

Application developers have already upgraded their apps to support the iOS upgrade and have already inbuilt innovative privacy based features into their apps. Now developers are adding touch ID based folder authentication and locking abilities to their apps. It is an interesting feature that allows users to maintain their privacy even when the device is shared with others.