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Hiding Newsstand on the iPhone or iPod touch


iOS 5’s Newsstand feature can be great for those who read a lot of publications on their devices, but the trouble is that most of those publications tend to be iPad-focused if not iPad-only, leaving most Newsstands on the iPhone and iPod touch bereft of icons, like a shelf in an empty store. And unfortunately, there is no “official” way to hide or turn off the icon, and since it’s just a glorified folder, you can’t put a folder inside another folder. Or can you?

With a bit of speed, it’s possible. To start, make sure your Newsstand icon is nearby, then press, hold, and drag an app on top of another app to create a new folder, then immediately grab the Newsstand icon and drag it into the folder. If you’re fast enough, your Newsstand icon will be neatly tucked away inside a folder, freeing up valuable screen real estate. Just remember that if you want to actually use the Newsstand, you’ll need to drag it back out of the folder and on to the main screen—trying to use it from within the folder will cause your device to restart. [via GigaOM]

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I shouldn’t bother - it reappears back on page one when ever you sync.

Posted by Mark on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM (CST)


I normally wirelessly sync, but I have at least once or twice done a direct sync and I have not seen newstand move back to the main screen.
however I have touched newstand on accident while in the folder and it causes a quick reboot.

Posted by Scottrey on January 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM (CST)


This is no longer a good idea!

It will often crash iTunes when you attempt to go in and organize apps from the app tab.

The second I took newsstand out of the folder, all was good.

So as annoying as Newsstand it, you’d be safer to stick it on the very last page by itself.

Posted by Nick on January 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM (CST)


Try the nonewsisgoodnews (cydia tweak) completely eliminates it off the face of the earth!!

Posted by Mike on January 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM (CST)


... hold an app, wait for wobble, drag Newsstand to the right until you feel it’s far enough away from the pages you use, and your done. No need for finger races, reboots, and crashes.

Posted by Cereal in Japan on January 5, 2012 at 3:56 AM (CST)

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