Disable Message App Bar

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by 5268282, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. 5268282 Suspended

    Mar 31, 2017
    I was really hoping Apple would introduce a way to disable certain features within Messages, such as the App Store and the Drawing, but that didn't happen within iOS 11 (at least I couldn't find a way).

    I installed and tested the iOS 11 GM yesterday and noticed they added more to the screen real estate within Messages, the App Bar. So… did anyone find a way to disable it from appearing?
  2. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    Yes this is annoying and nearly a deal breaker. No matter what it keeps coming back. I much prefer the iOS 10 setup
  3. 5268282 thread starter Suspended

    Mar 31, 2017
    I just submitted feedback about this. You can “hide” the extended App Bar, but not make the icon disappear. I have a 7+, I cant image the SE users will be happy with losing more of their screen.

    Also as a “pro” user for business purposes, I will think Apple is trying to appease tweens over customers like me. If you can disable the emoji keyboard, why like let us disable the other bs.
  4. daydotz macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2014
    if you remove the app store shortcut around it crashes the message app
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I also agree that this is a waste of screen space. I don't use iMessage apps at all. Luckily it goes away when you go to type but this is something that you shouldn't see unless you need it.

    I hope this doesn't mean the beginning of Apple starting to push unwanted features in your face all over the OS. If people aren't using something, maybe it's because they don't need to?
  6. 5268282 thread starter Suspended

    Mar 31, 2017
    Today I uninstalled 11 and went back to 10, I very much doubt I will upgrade to 11 in the near future. There really aren't any "features" I'm longing for.

    I think this is the "middle" of force fed features, started with Job and considering Apple rarely allows consumers to "turnoff" or "disable" certain settings. Honestly, I am using the iPhone for its security lead over Android, but Android is catching up and Blackberry is coming out with some nice devices PLUS their added security features. As we all know, Android can be customized to the user's liking at any level.

    I just don't understand why the push for childish items, I mean the headlined morphing emojis!!! If Apple wants to head that route, they could at least create TEEN profile and also BUSINESS style profile. I'm sure all the government officials don't want certain items on the professional device. We deploy iPhones (over Android) at work and use MaaS to limit apps and such, but there is no way to customize all the new and novel features from the OS.

    Side notes: the new Calculator icon looks...... out if place?!? Also, sdsplaying Contacts and Messages in a huge font at the top of each app makes no sense and takes up more of the screen. So... Apple makes the screens bigger over the years, but clutters it with pointlessness.
  7. canucksfan88 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007
    Agreed. I looked through all the settings hoping I could hide it.

    It seems very unApple to me, but oh well. Its my only gripe right now with the design of iOS 11
  8. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    You can hide the app bar but you can’t hide the actually App Store button.


    If the app bar keeps coming back, make sure to press the App Store button to minimise it and then switch to another conversation. Once you have done this the app bar will reappear so press the App Store button again (while keyboard is not showing on screen) and this time it will actually close it permenantly (unless you open it again).
  9. davyh macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2017

    This is one of my biggest annoyances with iOS, so much so I’ve just registered to agree, whilst knowing full well my added agreement will change nothing! :p

    iPhones are becoming more expensive, whilst bringing in features designed for 12 year olds, animated emojis on a £1000 phone, come on now.

    Whilst I can admire and applaud the technology, I’m 35 years old, at no point will I be pulling faces for a pig on my screen to copy and send to my Mrs. Nor will I be sending stickers or starting games of connect 4.

    I’m not saying the iPhone should be a serious business like phone with no “fun” features but just an option to disable this kind of “fun” stuff that doesn’t appeal to those over a certain age.
  10. 5268282 thread starter Suspended

    Mar 31, 2017
    Exactly... spot on!
  11. x34 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2014
    anyone else can confirm this?
  12. 5268282 thread starter Suspended

    Mar 31, 2017
    If you tap the App Store icon the bar will disappear. I have noticed that it may reappear within another thread, but their directions suffice.
  13. utahman130 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2012
    A minor annoyance for me about the app bar is, in iOS 10, when you opened a conversation in Messages, the keyboard automatically popped up. Now, you have to tap the message field to get the keyboard to pop up.
  14. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2014
    SFV, CA, USA
    I'm still on iOS 10, and the keyboard doesn't seem to pop up automatically when I open a Messages thread(?)
  15. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Agree - so far my biggest issue with IOS11 - I don't even have some of the apps there and would never use it

    Just found if I go all the way to right - end there is a ... selection - if you choose that you can turn off each of the options other than apps.

    Makes it better
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Does what was mentioned at https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/disable-message-app-bar.2068109/#post-25046194 not work?
  17. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2011
    Midwest United States
    You can hide the App Bar. Also, if you scroll all the way to the right there is a settings button that allows you to turn off installed message apps. I turned all mine off and hid the App Bar. Now, when I go into the messages I don't see it (unless I hit the App icon).
  18. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
  19. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    I'm sure anyone who updated their ios must have agreed to Apple's terms. :D

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