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App Icons Without Captions – Remove App Names

When you put the iPhone of the first generation next to the iPhone of the current generation and activate the Home Screen, you cannot deny the similarities. The general interface didn’t change much: Squared apps with rounded edges lined up row for row. It also hasn’t changed that there is a caption below each app icon, which displays the name of the app. We want to show you in this article, how you can remove the name of the apps on the Home Screen with a simple trick!

Prerequisite

This trick works with iOS 10.2.1. We cannot confirm, if other iOS versions are “prone” to this trick as well – just try it yourself and let us know.

Turn on “Reduce Motion“

Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion

Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. There you have to turn on the option Reduce Motion.

Remove the app names

Go back to the Home Screen. With a trick you can now remove all names of apps, which are currently in your icon dock. Just do this:

Open the Control Center by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen. The Control Center should be displayed now.

Then it’s time to prove your timing skills. Press the Home Button once and instantly swipe upwards to open the Control Center again. It will be displayed for a second and then close again.

If your timing was perfect, you will see the four icons in the dock without names.

You can drag & drop the apps without names into the Home Screen. They will still show no names. This way you can remove the app names of as many icons as you want. Drag & drop any icon in the dock and repeat the procedure.

Recover app names

As soon as you open the Control Center, the app names of the four apps in the dock will be recovered. All others stay gone. If you want all app captions back, you have to restart your iPhone.

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