How To Hide Newsstand In A Folder Without Jailbreaking

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Newsstand was one of the major features of iOS 5, which essentially organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in one place to access them easily and quickly.

But if you don’t want to use it, there is no way to delete it as it was pre-installed or hide it in a folder (as it behaves like a folder). However, last year some folks had figured out a way to hide the Newsstand app by following some simple steps.

Fast forward to iOS 6 and jailbreak developer Filippo Bigarella has just released a Mac app aptly named StifleStand that allows you to hide the Newsstand on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in a folder with a single click and the best part about the trick is that there is no need to jailbreak your iOS device.

You can follow these simple steps:

  • Download the StifleStand app (Mac only currently)
  • Connect your iOS device to the computer
  • Launch StifleStand
  • Click on the Hide Newsstand button

That’s it, the app will hide Newsstand in a folder called Magic as seen in the screenshot below. You can rename the folder and even add apps to it just like a regular folder.

But it is important to note that launching the Newsstand app from the folder will crash the SpringBoard, so use this trick only if you don’t want to use Newsstand. Update: If you want to undo the change, simply remove Newsstand from the folder.

It also doesn’t show the preview icon of the Newsstand in the folder.

StifleStand is currently available for Mac, but Bigarella plans to release the Windows version in couple of days.

Let us know how it goes in the comments.

[via Filippo Bigarella]