Apple rolled out the new iOS 9.3 that brings lots of improvements as well as introduces new features to users of this new OS.
Other than adding new options to 3D Touch as well as debuting the Night Shift mode, among others, the new iOS 9.3 also adds the ability for users to hide the company’s stock apps from the home screen. In case of any pre-installed apps that you don’t want to use or even see, it is now possible to keep them off your iPhone’s home screen.
The iPhone currently plays home to at least 32 native apps. While it is not advisable to wipe all of them out of your device, you probably don’t use a bunch of them. You will still need apps such as App Store or even the Settings app to carry out basic functions. The first thing you need to do is update to the latest iOS 9.3. Once you are running on this version, follow the below steps to remove stock iPhone apps from your home screen.
Step-by-step process for removing stock apps from iPhone screen
The first thing you will have to do, as mentioned earlier, is to update to the latest version of iOS 9.3. But since this version is currently available as a public beta, you may want to wait a little bit longer before the company unveils a stable version for all users.
Open the device’s Settings>General>Software Update and download the updated version. You also need to be a member of Apple developers for you to get the Apple Configurator 2.2 beta. As usual with any software update, make sure you have the backup of your files.
Once the Apple Configurator is installed, create an account. Make sure you configure the General section in order to save the created profile. This can be done by right clicking on your device and then select “Add>Profiles” and go to the profile that you just saved a while ago.
In the Apps section of restrictions, go to Restrict App Usage and select “Do not allow some apps”. Add the required bundle IDs you want to remove from the iPhone home screen and get rid of it. For instance, you can add “com.apple.tips” to get rid of the Tips app.
Once you are done, plug the iPhone and apply the new profile. The chosen icons will no longer be available on your home screen once the phone is on.