[2024 Guide] How to Unhide Apps on iPhone 15/14/13/12

This guide will show you how to unhide apps on iPhone, including the method to unhide apps on iPhone screen and in the App Store.


By Lena / Updated on December 29, 2023

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To help users better manage apps, Apple has introduced the feature to hide purchased and downloaded apps on iPhone. On the one hand, we can hide apps on Home screen to make the screen cleaner. On the other hand, we can hide apps in the purchase list so that family members will not see the apps we have purchased.

But now you want to unhide apps on iPhone, right? You may want to access them temporarily or want to delete them permanently to free up space. Whatever the reason, here in this guide, I’ll list all the practical methods about how to unhide apps on iPhone. These methods apply to all iPhone models including iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7.

Part 1. How to unhide apps on iPhone Home screen

There are two ways that can help you unhide apps on iPhone Home screen. If you don’t remember the name of the app, Way 2 can help you figure it out.

Way 1. Unhide apps on iPhone Home screen via App Library

Since iOS 14, there is one new App Library page on iPhone. It’s a collection of all the downloaded apps. You can go to the App Library page to find the hidden apps and add them to Home screen again.

Step 1. Go to App Library page: repeatedly swipe to the left on your home screen until you access the last page.

Step 2. Find the app you need in one of the folders. Or you can tap the search bar and type in the name of the hidden app you are searching for.

If you can't clearly remember the name of the app, just type one or two letters of the name and find the needed app from the results.

Step 3. When you find the hidden app, you can tap and hold your finger on the icon and choose Add to Home Screen option. Or you may hold down the app and slide your finger to the left to move the app to the screen you prefer.

Add to Home Screen

Way 2. Unhide apps on iPhone Home screen by resetting the layout

If you don’t remember the name of the hidden app, you may choose to reset the Home screen layout to unhide apps. It will reset the home screen layout to its default state. That’s to say, you will lose the app arrangements and folders you created.

Step 1. Go to Settings app and tap General.

Step 2. Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone option.

Step 3. Tap Reset and choose Reset Home Screen Layout.

Step 4. Tap Reset Home Screen on the pop-up window to confirm.

Reset Home Screen Layout

Part 2. How to unhide apps on iPhone App Store

If you want to re-download hidden apps or want to share apps via Family Sharing, you can follow the steps below to unhide apps on iPhone App Store.

Step 1. Open App Store and tap your account at the top of the screen.

Step 2. Tap your name (Apple ID).

Step 3. Scroll down and tap Hidden Purchases option.

Step 4. Browse the list to find the app you need and tap Unhide button.


Then the app will appear in the Purchase History. Now you can re-download the app if it is not installed on iPhone.

Bonus: Get an easy way to share data with family and friends

You used to hide certain apps probably because you didn't want others to see the purchases. Home Sharing does provide a convenient way to share items purchased by family members, but there is no privacy. If you use Home Sharing primarily to share purchased music, then you may use other methods to achieve the goal.

FoneTool, one easy-to-use iOS data transfer tool, can help you easily transfer both purchased and non-purchased songs from iPhone to another one. With a stable USB connection, songs can be transferred in only a few minutes.

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Here are the steps to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone.

1. Run FoneTool > Plug in the source iPhone to computer.

2 On the Home screen, click Phone Transfer option. Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

3. Click the plus icon > Choose the songs you want to transfer > Click OK.

Choose Songs

4. Click Start Transfer > Choose a destination to save the songs > Click Transfer to transfer music to computer.

5. Unplug in the source iPhone and plug in the target iPhone > Go to PC to iPhone.

6. Click the arrow icon > Choose the songs you exported before.

Choose Music

7. Finally, click Start Transfer to add music to iPhone.


In addition, FoneTool also has one mobile app that can help you transfer data from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly. You can let the tool help you transfer songs, photos, contacts, notes and any data in the Files app. The transfer does not require a Wi-Fi connection and does not consume cellular data.  

Transfer Music Wirelessly

You can scan the QR code or go to App Store to get FoneTool for iOS.

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Final words

That’s all about how to unhide apps on iPhone.

  • To unhide apps on iPhone Home screen, you can search the app via App Library and drag it to the screen you prefer.
  • To unhide apps in App Store on iPhone, you can go to App Store to find the app and tap the Unhide button to make it appear in purchase list.

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