iOS 5 Tip: How To Put Newsstand In a Folder


One of the major features of iOS 5 that Apple had showcased at the WWDC 2011 Keynote was Newsstand, which essentially organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in one place to access them easily and quickly.

However, since it is a pre-installed app, it cannot be deleted if you don’t want to use it and in case of Newsstand since it also behaves more like a folder, you can’t hide it in a folder.

But folks at The Coding Massacre have figured out a way to hide the Newsstand app and for that matter any folder in a folder by following these simple steps:

  • Take two apps and go to create a folder
  • The second the apps are in the folder and it’s doing the folder creation animation, drag Newsstand into the folder
  • As long as you’re quick enough Newsstand will go into the folder!

It is important to note here that you should use this tip only if you don’t want to use Newsstand, as it will no longer work in the new folder and cause the iOS device to restart if you tap on the Newsstand icon. If you want to use it sometime in the future, then you will need to drag it out of the folder, back to the home screen.

Let us know how it goes.

[via The Coing Massacre]

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  • Kwopau

    However, if you do put it in your folder, it will not work and it will crash and reboot. No other option.

    • Kwopau

      I mean i’ve done it and it crashed so no point posting this.

      • Yeah, that’s what we have also mentioned towards the end. It’s just a cool trick (because we didn’t know it was possible) if you want to hide it away.

        • Tim

          What about the new ios 5.0.1 which i have and there is no animation and if there is, i don’t know it when i see it.

      • Paradox

        Its worth posting for those of us who will never use newsstand and don’t want it littering up our screen.

    • kk305

      Wow, some people can’t read.

  • JustMe

    I did this the day i updated to ios 5 they say it takes around 7 attempts to get it, which is true but a good tip! If you do it too quick it looks like you havnt done it but you actually have, the folder will have the two apps in the folder but no newsstand but when you click home button the newsstand icon will have been put in, but also like they say, do not openen it from folder,

  • fas

    Its so simple, really!

  • Pegger

    Thanks for the tip, worked from the first try (i do not use newsstand, so i don’t like it on my screen, wasting space)

  • David


  • Me

    It actually works!

  • Mr. Db

    It really works! Thanks a lot.


    Awesome! I’ve hated that thing. Had it sitting on a page all by itself at the end of my regular app pages lol. Thanks guys!

  • lost7spirit

    Every other app can go into a folder but apple made the news stand app different or did they do it on perpise.

  • Let’s me try it… For me Newsstand is didn’t needed

  • Rhett

    From my experience, it doesn’t work unless you are creating the folder and moving the icons around on the home page. I tried it on the second page to no avail.

    • april

      It worked for me on my second app page

  • Phil

    took a few tries but got it.

  • Alex


  • yesrebob

    Love it.. Like others did not want something I will not use takin up space..thanks for the great tip!!

  • Brandon

    It actually works!!! YAY!!!!!

  • nimvio

    Doesn’t work in iOS 5.1

  • it really works.. after some attempts, I did… so thanks for really nice trick.
    I never use that newsstand 🙂

  • Michelle

    I did it first try! Thanks do much ! I hate that stupid app!!! Thanks again

  • catherine

    UGH!! Had to upgrade my phone to 5.1.1 because i needed to restore it, and this doesnt work in 5.1.1. Crappy