It seems that Apple has finally decided to allow its iPhone users to be able to hide the “stock” applications that they don’t need from the Home Screen. With the new iOS 9.3 BETA version that was released, the users scan now get rid of those applications with just a few taps.
We remind you that the iPhone device comes with 32 native applications, which is a huge number. In the past, many users have tried to remove some of these applications by using some “unorthodox” ways, which caused some issues, especially if they’ve removed some important applications such as App Store or the Settings.
Tim Cook, the chief executive officer of Apple Inc., is aware of this issue and this is the reason why he found a way to allow the users to disable the iPhone’s stock applications. While the idea of deleting the default applications sounds very easy, you might want to know that in order to be able to do this, there are many other things that should be done, not just installing the iOS 9.3.
Today we’re going to tell you the steps that you will need to take, after installing the iOS 9.3 on your iPhone device, in order to disable the some of the stock applications.
iOS 9.3: How To Remove Stock Apple Apps From The Home Screen
First of all, you will need to install the iOS 9.3 BETA on your iPhone device. So, go to the handset’s Settings->General->Software Update and download the beta version. Keep in mind that the iOS 9.3 public BETA is currently available for download, but you will need to sign-up for the iOS BETA program in order to be allowed to download it to your iPhone device.
At the same time, you will need to be an Apple developer member in order to be allowed to download and install the Apple Configurator 2.2 BETA on your Mac OS X (10.11.1 or later), but keep in mind that you will be asked to accept and install and put your device on Supervised mode, which would mean to wipe your device. With other words, you should backup your data before you do this!
After installing Apple’s Configurator 2.2 BETA, create a configuration profile. To save it correctly, you will need to go to the General section (by right clicking your device), select Add->Profile and navigate to the profile that you’ve just created.
Now, you will need to set the restrictions payload to “Do not allow some apps” found under the “Restrict App Usage” in the Apps section of restrictions. You will also need to add the bundle IDs that you want to remove from the home screen. For example, in order to remove Tips, you will need to add “com.apple.tips”.
Finally, plug your device and apply the newly created profile and you’re done!