Workaround to disable App Library on iPhone running on latest iOS

App library was first introduced back on iOS 14 – it’s a new Apple design and the new way Apple envisioned its users to check and get into their apps. For most people, App Library works great and suits them. But there are also considerably many people who feel that App Library is not usable at all. I, in this case, am under the latter group who think that iOS is better without App Library. Since you are here, perhaps you also on the latter group – who feel that App Library is kind of useless – and are looking on how you can get rid of App Library.

App library on the iPhone. Image courtesy of Apple.com
App library on the iPhone. Image courtesy of Apple.com

Unfortunately there’s no official way from Apple on how you can disable App Library on latest iOS – at the time this article is written, latest iOS is iOS 15, however I have the workaround to make App Library less to none accessible.

  • This article shares the workaround on how you can disable App Library and make it hidden.
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Workaround to make App Library “Hidden”

The workaround involves adding a new blank page and to fill the new blank page with widgets which acts as a separator between your Apps and the App Library, so when you hit the separator page, you know that’s the end of the page before hitting App Library. Yes, the App Library won’t be totally hidden, but by creating a separator between your apps and App Library, you’ll get used to stop on the separator page and won’t ever flip to App Library, unless you consciously choose to do so.

App Library option on the Home Screen Settings. Image courtesy of Apple.com
Unfortunately until today, Apple doesn’t give the option to show apps only on Home Screen. Image courtesy of Apple.com.

On the steps, I’ll be adding Clock and Photos widgets, but feel free to add any kinds / other widgets as you like. Here’s how to do it.

1) On your iOS Home screen, go into the last page of your Home screen, right before the App Library.

2) Then still on iOS Home screen, tap and hold any empty spaces for a few seconds to make the icons jiggling.

3) Once in jiggle mode, the “+” button appear on top right of the screen. Tap on the “+” button to add new widget.

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Tap “+” on top of screen to add widget to iOS.

4) On Widget window, look for “Clock”. Tap “Clock” to open its sub menu. Since we need something that can cover the whole page as separator, choose the 1×4 icon “World Clock” so its stretch from left to right on your iOS Home screen (just like what you see below).

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Big Analog Clock Widget on iPhone

5) Tap on “+ Add Widget” to put it on the iOS Home screen.

6) Once added into iOS Home screen, and still in jiggling mode, tap and hold the Clock widget and move it to the right side of the screen, so it goes creating a new blank page on your iOS Home screen.

7) With the clock widget is now covering the top portion of the new blank page, we need something else to cover the other half blank page. In jiggle mode, the “+” button appear on top right of the screen. Tap on the “+” button to add new widget.

8) This time, let’s choose “Photos”. On Widget window, find “Photos” and Tap “Photos” to open its sub menu. Since we need something that can cover the whole page as separator, choose the “last & biggest” photo widget so it can cover the remaining blank page on your iOS Home screen.

9) Tap on “+ Add Widget” to put it on the iOS Home screen. Put the photo widget below the clock widget. Now you should get one full page covered by both widgets.

10) On iOS Home screen, tap anywhere on the empty space to end jiggle mode.


Bring it all together

Using this workaround, you are creating a separator between your apps and the App Library. So whenever you flip the iOS Home screen and reached the last page containing widgets covering the whole screen, then stop flipping. This workaround isn’t perfect and rather ugly, but it works for me. I’ve been doing that for at least 6 months before deciding to write this article sharing this method with you.

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