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How to Hide Newsstand in a Folder on iOS 6

Posted in How To, iOS on 08/10/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Last year, Apple introduced Newsstand as one of the new features of iOS 5 – basically a smart folder that keeps your magazine and news subscriptions in one place. The service hasn’t taken off as well as Apple might have hoped, and many people don’t use NewsStand at all.

Unfortunately, iOS will not let you put Newsstand in a folder, so it ends up wasting space on the home screen for some users. MacStories points out a clever new app from Filippo Bigarella called StifleStand that will hide Newsstand in a folder for you with just one click – and it doesn’t require a jailbreak of any kind. You can even rename the folder later and add other apps.

Simply download StifleStand, and open it on your Mac. Make sure a device is plugged in and recognized by the app. Hit the Hide Newsstand button, and watch as Newsstand gets put into a folder called “Magic” on your Home screen. It literally takes one second to complete.

It should be noted that you can’t actually launch Newsstand once it is in a folder – this is a solution for those who do not use Newsstand, and do not intend to. If that describes you, enjoy moving Newsstand out of your way!

 Click here to download StifleStand and try it for yourself!



  • Paul

    Pc users?

    • http://profiles.google.com/leskern Les Kern

      It can be done. The 50 page manual on modifying the registry and recompiling the base code is available online.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.yialeloglou Simeon Lion-Hyde Yialeloglou

    Unless you could rename the folder and use it for other apps, it’s still there and taking up an icon space…

    • http://MacTrast.com J. Glenn Kunzler

      You certainly can rename it and add apps, just like any other folder.

  • JS

    Superb stuff! Thanks, finally got rid of that annoying icon!

  • technopunk

    I put all the apps that I don’t use and can’t get rid of on the last home page all by themselves. I have organized most of my apps into folders so space is utilized. i never see my newsstand app or the stocks app.

  • technopunk

    I put all the apps that I don’t use and can’t get rid of on the last home page all by themselves. I have organized most of my apps into folders so space is utilized. i never see my newsstand app or the stocks app.

  • Dasliberdan

    Simple, love it!

  • Ryan

    Soooo… You replace the newsstand folder…. With another folder?

    • http://MacTrast.com J. Glenn Kunzler

      Sure. Another folder that you can put more apps in. Overall, adds more available app storage space if you don’t use Newsstand.

  • http://twitter.com/AMDeeb90 AbdulRahman Deeb 

    It is useful, I want to try it, but before I do, can it be undone?

    • http://MacTrast.com J. Glenn Kunzler

      Yup. Just move it out of the folder.

      • http://twitter.com/AMDeeb90 AbdulRahman Deeb 

        Thanks for the reply, but it turned out that it disables Newsstand, not hides it in a folder, because everytime i open it, my iPad restarts!

Author

J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.