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The best Apple iOS 5 tip you’ll read all day

By: 14 October 2011 6 Comments

So, Apple consumers — have you upgraded to iOS 5 yet?

If so, you’ve no doubt noticed the Newsstand app — one of those things you can’t delete and, thus, appear destined for the folders most people seem to build on their iPads and iPhones (the ones full of Apple applications that are junk or are opened about once a year). The questionable utility of the Newsstand app is obvious for those of us carrying iPhones — what’s the point of paying to subscribe to, say, the New York Times so that we can squint at it on a tiny screen? The Newsstand app may be more appreciated by iPad owners, but one has to wonder about that.

At any rate, a major problem with that Newsstand app is that simply trying to shove it in a folder so it will be out of the way doesn’t work. No, it wants to sit on the home screen, looking all goofy — an empty bookshelf.

Ah, but there is a way to get that Newsstand into a folder, thanks to a method described here at The Coding Massacre. Here’s what you do to move that Newsstand into a folder:

  • 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.
  • Profit!

The only problem here is that trying to launch the Newsstand while it is hidden away will crash your phone and force it to restart (that process doesn’t hurt anything — it’s just annoying). But, so what? If the goal is to hide it somewhere because you’ll never use it, what do you care?

And, yes, that little trick works wonders. Take a look above at the triumphant screenshot of my very own iPhone 4 if you want proof. And, by the way, the Safari browser does belong in that junk file — it’s garbage compared to the vastly superior Dolphin Browser. Click the link, install Dolphin for free and you’ll move Safari out of sight, too.

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  • Dan said:

    Apples elusive games console may be a little different.

  • Lee said:

    After the phone reboots it puts the newsstand back on the home screen so remember not to tap it to “test”

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Lee — not real sure what you mean as the thing has stayed in its folder since I moved it there and after I tapped it to make sure it didn’t move. I’m using an iPhone 4, so perhaps other hardware is different when it comes to dealing with what is almost certainly a bug associated with Newsstand.

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