It's not often that you read the words "fun" and "glitch" in the same sentence, but a newly discovered glitch in the recently updated software for iPhones and iPads is actually pretty fun.
Apple's phones or tablets come with certain built-in apps, including rarely used programs like Stocks and Newsstand. Until now, you couldn't keep them from taking up valuable screen space on your devices, whether or not you've ever opened them. But now, an Apple expert on the iDeviceHelpus YouTube page found a glitch in iOS 7.1 that lets you hide those useless apps. Goodbye, clutter!
We tested it out, and it works. You need to download the latest version of iOS 7.1 to begin. Here's how you do it.
First, find the apps you'd like to hide and put them all into one folder by dragging them on top of one another. Then, make sure the dock at the bottom of your iPhone or iPad is completely full with icons. Also, make sure there are no other folders on the home screen and that it, too, is full of icons. Then press down on an app icon to turn on "wobble mode," wherein all the icons wiggle around.
Here comes the tricky part: making a folder within a folder. Create the first folder by dragging any two app icons on top of each other. Then quickly drag the folder of unwanted apps into that folder. It may take a few tries.
Then you'll have a folder within a folder. Remove the rest of the apps from the larger folder, so that the only thing in the larger folder is the smaller folder of useless apps. When you go back to the home screen the folder will look empty.
Now make sure your home screen is full and has no other folders except for the empty-looking one you just made. Go into the folder again and pull the smaller folder out to the home screen. It should disappear.
Now all of those pesky apps are nowhere to be found. Watch the whole video if you need an explanation.
Unfortunately, although the apps are no longer taking up space on your screen, they're still taking up space in your device. When you look at your data usage, you'll see that the apps you've hidden are still using data. Also, if you turn your iPhone or iPad off, the apps you sent away will return when you turn it back on.
In all likelihood, Apple will nix this awesome glitch with its next iOS update. Mobile software makers like to make it impossible to delete preinstalled "bloatware" apps, the idea being that you'll want to use them eventually.
But until then, enjoy the clutter-free screen.