The iPhone is a great device for keeping track of your subscriptions. There are loads of apps dedicated to tracking everything from magazines to streaming services, but how do you keep others from seeing them? Hiding sensitive information on your iPhone isn’t as easy as it seems. Apple locks down the ability to hide private information behind a series of security features that prevent users from hiding their subscriptions in most cases. If you want to keep other people out of your business, there are ways to protect your privacy while still making it easy to access your subscription information. Read on for instructions and tricks on how you can hide subscriptions on your iPhone.
How To Hide Subscriptions On iPhone
Find and Open the App Store
The first step towards hiding any subscription is by locating the app store. Since this is the place where all your subscriptions (both paid and free) are housed, it is the first place you need to go to. Simply tap on the App Store icon on your home screen and you will be instantly transported to your app store.
Find the Subscription You Want to Hide
The next step is to locate the subscription you want to hide. If you own multiple subscriptions that you want to hide, then you will have to repeat steps 2-4 for each of those subscriptions. Once you open the app store, the first thing you will see is a list of all your subscriptions, broken down into two categories: – The first one is a list of apps that you have downloaded. These are the apps that you own and they can be deleted at any time. – The second one is a list of all your subscriptions, including Apple TV and Newsstand subscriptions.
Turn on hiding Purchased Apps
Once you have found the app you wish to hide, simply swipe left on the app. This will bring up a menu that allows you to hide the app. Tap on the button to turn on the ‘Hide’ feature for the subscription. Once you turn on this feature, it will automatically place the subscription inside a folder and make it almost impossible to spot. You will then see a confirmation message and you will have to tap ‘OK’ in order to confirm that you want to place the subscription inside a folder.
Change Show Order to a number greater than 300
The last step is to change the ‘Show Order’ number from its default 300 to a number that is higher than the number of subscriptions you own. This will ensure that your subscription folder is at the very bottom of your app store and therefore, almost impossible to spot. Once you are inside the ‘Subscriptions’ folder, simply tap on the ‘i’ button that is next to the subscription you want to hide and then scroll down to the ‘Show Order’ option and change the number from the default 300 to a higher number, preferably 500 or above. Once you have completed all these steps, you will never have to worry about accidentally opening your subscription again since they will be almost impossible to spot.
Why You Would Want to Hide Subscriptions on iPhone?
Your Payment Info is at Risk
When you sign up for a subscription from within an app, you have to provide your payment information. While this is convenient, it’s also a security risk. Your payment details are often stored on the company’s servers, and the app has the potential to be hacked – which puts your sensitive data at risk of being stolen. If a hacker steals your payment info, they could use it to make fraudulent purchases. They could also use it to sign up for subscription services without your knowledge. If you sign up for a subscription within an app, you could end up paying for a service you don’t want. If you sign up for a subscription on the web, your payment information is typically saved on your computer and not the app’s servers. So even if the app is hacked, your information is still safe.
You’re Paying Too Much
Apps often offer a free trial or a discounted price for the first few months. This can be a great way to try out a service without committing to a long-term subscription. However, many apps try to get you to sign up for the regular price after only a few months. They might offer an “upgrade” to a paid service, or they may just increase the price after a certain date. If you notice the price suddenly increase, it’s a good idea to unsubscribe. This is especially important if you signed up for the service within the app. If you sign up for the service on the web, your payment information is kept separate from the app. So even if the app tries to get you to sign up for the full price, you can just unsubscribe from the website. This will help you avoid paying too much for a service you used for a limited time.
They Constantly Try to Upsell You
Apps with hidden subscriptions often try to upsell you with special offers and deals. This can be frustrating if you don’t want to purchase anything extra. Some apps even try to get you to upgrade to a paid service after only a few weeks. Be sure to read any terms of service or end-user license agreements (EULAs) before you install an app. This will help you understand what you’re signing up for. If an app offers a free service with special features, but you don’t want to upgrade, you can always hide the button on your iPhone. Some apps also offer a paid service that you can sign up for on the web. This will keep the button out of sight until you’re ready to make a purchase.
It’s Just a Waste of Money
There are a few good reasons to sign up for a subscription on the web instead of in the app. As we’ve discussed, it’s safer and you’re less likely to overspend. But there are also a few reasons not to sign up for a subscription in the first place. Apps with hidden subscriptions often aren’t as trustworthy as apps that offer a one-time payment. This is because developers who charge for an app upfront have to make their money back. So they may have fewer incentives to keep the app updated with new features or protect your data. Services that offer free or paid subscriptions often have the incentive to track your data. This can help them make money by selling targeted advertising. So when you sign up for their free or paid subscription, you may be giving them access to more of your personal data. When you sign up for a paid subscription, you know exactly how much you’ll be spending each month. This can help you keep track of your finances and avoid overspending.
They Can Track Everything You Do
They’re a Tool for Marketing
Apps with hidden subscriptions often rely on in-app advertising to make money. This is a great way for app developers to make money even if their app is free. But it can also be annoying. And when you sign up for a subscription, you’re often expected to agree to receive more ads. If you’re using a web-based service, you have more control over the types of ads you see. This is because the ads are based on information about you that the app developer collects. If you sign up for a subscription on the web, you can often specify the types of ads you want to see. This can help you avoid getting bombarded with ads that aren’t relevant to you.
Hiding subscriptions on iPhone is a great way to keep other people from seeing your sensitive data. You can do this by disabling automatic downloads in the app settings and locking apps with Touch ID. You can also hide subscription information in iTunes. With these tricks, you can keep your subscriptions private while still keeping track of them. If you ever want to unhide your subscriptions, you can do so by reversing the steps above. It’s important to keep track of subscriptions so you don’t miss out on anything you’re paying for. You can also use these tricks to protect your privacy in a digital world where privacy is a rare commodity.