The iPhone and the iPad can house a fair number of apps across their multiple home screens. Given that you can create 11 pages of apps on the iPhone with each screen capable of displaying 16 apps,  you can showcase 176 individual apps in full iconic glory. Or, if you go wild with app folders and stuff each one full with a dozen apps,  there’s room to house 2,112 apps on the iPhone’s screens. On the iPad, the number is 4,400 (11 pages x 20 apps/page x 20 apps/group).

Now that sounds like a lot. It probably is more than sufficient for most people’s needs. However, if you’re a real app hog or if you’re merely a moderate app hog who prefers not to shove things into folders, Apple is happy to accommodate you. Ever since the 3.0 update of iOS, we’ve been able to install any number of apps on the iPhone or iPad, limited only by the available storage.

So once your idevice’s screens are chockablock with apps, there’s no need to uninstall an app before adding a new one to your collection. Just go ahead and install it. Of course, once all your app ‘slots’ have been taken up, there’ll be no way for your device to display the newly installed app’s icon. It’s on your device, but it’s hidden from view.

Using Spotlight search to run a hidden app

Using Spotlight search to run a hidden app

Running a hidden app

Running a hidden app is easy. Just use Spotlight search:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe right to display Spotlight search.
  2. Start typing the name of the app in the search box.
  3. Tap the app to run it.

Although this is easy, it’s not necessarily a convenient way to run an app, especially if that hidden app becomes one of your most-used apps. Or what if you want to delete the app? There’s no way to do that directly from your device because you can’t tap-and-hold the app’s icon, jiggle it and tap the delete button.

In both these cases, you’ll want to unhide the app.

Unhiding hidden apps

To make a hidden app visible:

  1. Create a place to display the app by either deleting another (visible) app, or by dragging an app into a new or existing folder.
  2. Switch your device off completely by holding the power button for a few seconds and swiping Slide to Power Off.
  3. Turn your device back on.

Your app will now appear in the slot you provided.