How to hide app on iPhone

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  1. Hpye macrumors 6502

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    Lets say I lost my phone and I have find my iPhone app . I want to hide that app because I don't want the thief to deleting it from my phone before I track it. So any suggestion?
     
  2. Paddict macrumors newbie

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    it's a good idea, maybe just figuring out a way to disguise the icon as something mundane.
     
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I just put it in a folder with at least 9 apps at the bottom so it's not immediately visible on the screen.
     
  4. Philalbe, Oct 10, 2012
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    Philalbe macrumors 6502

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    It's not a perfect solution, but you could put it in a folder. A tiny preview of the app might still be visible, but better than a full sized icon.

    Oop...OP above beat me to it :)
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    You can get rid of the tiny preview if you put at least 9 apps above it.
     
  6. Hpye thread starter macrumors 6502

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    After researching I found the solution to my own question , just lock your phone with pass code So that thief can't get in to my phone to turn off wifi or delete apps. However what if he turn off the phone
     
  7. orleanfyrfightr macrumors member

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    The app is for locating other devices, not for other devices to locate it. If its turned on in your settings, it can be located with another iDevice or computer. The app is just to use it to find another iDevice.
     
  8. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Find my iPhone does not prevent theft and can be bypassed by restoring the phone.
     
  9. alexnewtron macrumors newbie

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    You can still track it even if they delete the app.

    The app is only there so if you loose another device, you can use that app to track that device.
     
  10. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    As others have said, having the app installed doesn't matter when you want to track your stolen phone.

    What matters is the setting in iCloud... (attatched)
     

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  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Then I guess you're just going to have to find a way to hide the power button. :)
     
  12. KandyKane macrumors 6502

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    Put a restriction on changing accounts. Doesn't help if the device is switched off though...
     
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    You can track your phone without that app being installed. A thief would have to turn off Location services or restore the phone as a new device before you couldn't track it.
     
  14. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    Brilliant, thank you!
     
  15. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    This seems like the best approach to me.
     
  16. Pineapple77 macrumors newbie

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    You cannot hide the 'Find My iPhone app' But this is exactly what you can do to secure your privacy and keep anyone from deactivating the trackable app.

    2016 UPDATE:
    If you need to stop someone editing the 'Find My iphone' settings or you would just like to keep your privacy of locating your other devices from this device.

    Apple have updated the Find My iPhone app'

    All you do is download app, sign in as usual once all your devices show and you have app switiched on, sign out of the app itself, it keeps your apple id locked into the app of that device but you or anyone who wants to edit the app's preferences later, will need to supply your apple id Password in order to do so. It also acts a a measure to secure finding your device if stolen.

    You may also want to have the restrictions enabled on the iPhone where you restrict anyone from 'deleting apps' So long as your passwords are kept to yourself this should suffice.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    [MOD NOTE]
    Stop the bickering, off topic posts were removed.
     
  18. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    iOS 10 will allow to "remove/hide" stock apps. similar to standard apps, the X will remove the app from the home screen, but can be re-downloaded from the App Store.
     
  19. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Did you read the original question or just the thread title? Your answer doesn't address the OP.
     
  20. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the OP wants to hide the find my iPhone app so whoever steals his iPhone will not be able to access. However the App will have no effect of find my iPhone on or off. Find my iPhone is embedded in the settings an iCloud and will require the users password to either turn off or on
     

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