This iPhone trick lets you hide full pages of apps from your Home Screen —declutter your digital life by becoming an App Library expert

iPhone 15 Pro with a titanium finish running iOS 17
(Image credit: Gerald Lynch / Future / Apple)

Is your iPhone’s Home Screen a bit of a cluttered mess? Do you have loads of apps and numerous pages that make swiping left fill you with a sense of dread? Well, there’s a neat iPhone trick that will help declutter your Home Screen and it’s hidden in plain sight.

With the right know-how, you can essentially remove pages of apps from your Home Screen, housing them in your App Library without the faff of manually removing one at a time. Here’s how to become an App Library expert by removing full pages of apps from your Home Screen — one of my favorite quick tips yet!

iPhone 15 Pro | $999 at Apple

iPhone 15 Pro | $999 at Apple

The iPhone 15 Pro is the best iPhone on the market right now and with its gorgeous 6.1-inch display it looks awesome once you've tidied up your Home Screen.

Declutter your Home Screen with this neat iPhone trick

I like to keep a clean iPhone Home Screen with just my most used apps and a couple of widgets. For most of my navigation, I use Spotlight to search for specific apps, meaning I don’t need to scroll through hundreds of icons to find the one I want. That said, I’m really bad at letting my Home Screen get disheveled, and in just a few weeks I can go from one page to seven pages of apps. This iPhone trick fixes that, here’s how to do it:

Hide Home Screen icons iPhone

(Image credit: Future / Apple)
  1. Enter jiggle mode by holding down on any app icon
  2. Tap the dots above your iPhone’s dock
  3. Select which pages you want to hide or show
  4. Tap Done

In the space of 10 seconds, I just went from seven pages back to one and now my Home Screen feels far more intuitive and easy to use. I can either access my apps by swiping left and looking through the App Library or by using Spotlight by swiping down from the middle of my screen. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by your ever-growing list of app icons and want a way to take back control, give this iPhone trick a try and declutter your Home Screen.

Once iOS 18 arrives later this year, you’ll be able to combine this trick with new Home Screen customization tools that let you tint the color of your app icons and position them anywhere on the grid.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.