How to put the Newsstand iPhone app in a folder and hide it (not iOS 5.1)

Update: Unfortunately as of iOS 5.1 this trick no longer works as Apple has patched the workaround. So if you’re still irritated by that Newsstand icon and not using the app on your iPhone or iPad, and want it gone, you can do a couple of things:

1st – Tell Apple how you feel about the app, and maybe they will listen and let users hide it via Settings. There is a feedback link here

2nd – If you have a jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed, you can actually hide the Newsstand app icon using a free tweak called NoNewsIsGoodNews. Look for it in the BigBoss repository.

The original Newsstand trick is still listed below for those using iOS 5.01 and lower.

Newsstand is the new iPhone and iPad app that ships standard with iOS 5 and gives you the ability to subscribe to newspapers and read them on your iOS device. For many iPhone users, the Newsstand app is not very useful and for some users it goes completely unused.

Newsstand’s app icon not only looks like a folder, it also behaves like a folder. This means you can’t put the Newsstand app into a folder on your iOS device. You also can’t remove the app from your device, which can be annoying.

Newsstand iPhone app in a folder

Here’s the good news. You can actually use a trick to put the Newsstand app in a folder and semi-hide it out of the way. It is pretty simple and anyone can do it as long as you’re quick on the draw. Here’s how:

  1. Get ready. You’ll need the Newsstand app, and any 2 other apps, on their own page. Place the 2 apps on the top left and the Newsstand app on the right of the other 2 apps.
  2. Drag one of the 2 other apps on top of the other app and release it.
  3. iOS will create a folder and put the two apps into that new folder.
  4. Here’s where you have to be quick. As soon as you release icon of the second app in step 2 above, touch and hold your finger on top of the Newsstand app icon. Don’t try to move it, and it will disappear from the screen. Without lifting your finger, drag your finger into the newly created folder and release it. The Newsstand app will now appear inside the folder.

It may take a couple of attempts, but if you time it right, Newsstand will be moved into your new folder along with the other 2 apps. You will now be able to add other apps to that folder.

Note: This trick is for people who don’t want to use the Newsstand app at all. If you do try to use the app while it is in a folder, the iOS Home Screen (SpringBoard) will crash and reboot. You can pull Newsstand out of the folder if you ever want to use it.

There is only one drawback to this Newsstand hack. The preview of the newly created folder will not display an icon for the Newsstand app it contains. You can eliminate having an empty icon block in the middle by placing the Newsstand app all the way on the bottom of the new folder. After you sync your device with iTunes the Newsstand trick might get reset, in which case you can apply the same trick again.

Here is a video demo of the above steps showing you how to put the Newsstand app in a folder on an iPhone

15 Comments to “How to put the Newsstand iPhone app in a folder and hide it (not iOS 5.1)”

  1. It’s worked. Nice!

  2. Awesome. Helpful. Tip.

  3. There are 2 major drawbacks – 1: the icon isn’t displayed but worse is 2: next time you sync, the damn newsstand restores itself out of the folder!

  4. Not being able to hide/remove Newsstand, Stocks Weather and the other apps Apple forces down my throat, plus the fact I can’t make one of the tabbed browsers the default browser is what made me go Android.

    Jail breaking to do stuff that one really should already be able to do in ios, well I did for a while but it was just too much hassle.

  5. Thanks 🙂 it worked. But then I dropped my phone in a lake. Is there any way to de-lake an iPhone?

  6. Trick works well…if all you want to do is free up space in a home screen. Does not work well if you want to USE the newsstand app. While its in the folder it doesn’t work.

  7. GREAT!!! THE BEST!!! I did it!! Thanks!

  8. Worked like a charm. Thanks!!!

  9. It worked. Then my iPhone restarted then restored it. Fail b

  10. It worked. Thanks!

  11. Thank you so much! I don’t think I’d have ever found this solution on my own. Brilliant!

  12. Can I use his method or a non jail break iPad!? I tried few times, the icon faded not isappear and will not move 🙁 thanks!!

  13. @ June do you have iOS 5.1 ?

  14. @joe seifi, yes ios5.1

  15. Thanks for your valuable info 🙂

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