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  • How to Hide Newsstand From the Home Screen With 'StifleStand'


    Many of us hate the Newsstand application because we simply don’t have a use for it. Albeit we dislike it, it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. If you want to hide the icon from your home screen, iOS developer Filippo Bigarella has released a free tool for Mac OS X called Stiflestand that allows you to hide the Newsstand application from your home screen with the click of a button.

    As shown above, the application will detect when you have connected your iOS device. In this case, our iPod touch was recognized. If you used an iPhone, it would say iPhone and if you used an iPad, it would say iPad. This application will work with any iOS 5 or newer device that has Newsstand on the home screen and you don’t even have to be jailbroken for it to work!

    Once you connect your device, you can click on the “Hide Newsstand” button for the application to work its magic. Once you finish, the application will say, “Done” as it does in the screenshot below:



    Newsstand is now hidden from the home screen on your iOS device. If you check on the home screen of your device, you will notice that the application has created a new folder on your home screen called “Magic,” which contains nothing at first sight:



    You can drag any of your applications into the folder and you will notice that the first space is blank. This is because Newsstand is in the folder:



    When you open the folder, you will see Newsstand hidden away inside.



    You can reverse what the application has done at any time you want to by simply dragging the Newsstand application out of the folder and back onto your home screen. When you do this, you can also remove any application icons you added to the Magic folder and the folder will disappear.

    It’s important to note that you cannot launch the Newsstand application while it is located within the folder because it will just crash. Newsstand was never meant to be placed in a folder (since it uses its own folder view when you open it), so it doesn’t know how to open in that environment. As soon as you drag it back to the home screen, you can launch it normally again.

    Stiflestand isn’t exactly the “perfect” remedy for getting rid of Newsstand, but at least it gets the icon out of our way on the home screen so we can hide it in a folder were we place most of our other hardly-used applications. There are jailbreak tweaks that can hide the Newsstand application outright, but Stiflestand's highlight is that it works on non-jailbroken devices as well as jailbroken devices. Try it out; you can download Stiflestand from this link.

    UPDATE: If you're a windows user, you can now use StifleStand. Check out our post!

    UPDATE 2: Filippo Bigarella has released StilfeStand version 1.0.2 with better error handling. The Windows version is also now available from Filippo's Web site.

    UPDATE 3: If you're still having problems getting StifleStand to work, Filippo has Tweeted StifleStand 1.0.3, which should work. You can try it from this link.

    Sources: Filippo Bigarella

    Thanks for the tip thazsar!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Hide Newsstand From the Home Screen With 'Stifflestand' started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      It's one tiny icon, just put it at the end of the homescreens! FFS.
    1. xfibre's Avatar
      xfibre -
      I tried everything, I can't get it to work. Any ideas?
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      It worked on my iPhone 4 jailbroken but doesn't work on my iPad3 ios6.
      Yea, I rebooted and newsstand is still there.
      Just use 'no news is good news' instead as it actually removes it not moves it to a folder.
    1. fidosam's Avatar
      fidosam -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I have the same specs on my iMac and ran across this problem, too. I closed the StifleStand program and unplugged my ip5. Reopened StifleStand and replugged phone and it worked again!

      Thank you! That did the trick

      Now waiting patiently for a jailbreak donation in hand lol!
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Surprisingly this app. Managed to turn my iPhone 4s in to a 5. It made it longer in size and faster. Lol
    1. jfreezy's Avatar
      jfreezy -
      Kind of sucks that I can't rename the folder to something other than "Magic".
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jfreezy View Post
      Kind of sucks that I can't rename the folder to something other than "Magic".
      Why can't you?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      All Windows users, StifleStand is now available for you guys!
      StifleStand Now Available for Windows Users
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      Sweet, the Newsstand now works as a respring tool!
      Dude, that's awesome!!! Too bad it doesn't clear cache, as well!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      If you're still having problems getting StifleStand to work, Filippo has Tweeted StifleStand 1.0.3, which should work. You can try it from this link.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Springtomize 2... One click and newsstand is hidden... Also, why not go a step further and remove it for real instead of just hiding it... Can google how to remove any stock apps such as Newsstand, Stocks, Weather etc. and use ifile to easily remove all data pertaining to an app... Could SSH too but I think I file is much simpler...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      Springtomize 2... One click and newsstand is hidden... Also, why not go a step further and remove it for real instead of just hiding it... Can google how to remove any stock apps such as Newsstand, Stocks, Weather etc. and use ifile to easily remove all data pertaining to an app... Could SSH too but I think I file is much simpler...
      You've completely missed the point of this article!!!

      This is beneficial for NON-JAILBROKEN devices...so that's why it's useful for the ip5 or any other device on iOS 6 that can't be jailbroken.

      If we could jailbreak then we would use NoNewsIsGoodNews, Springtomize, etc.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      You've completely missed the point of this article!!!

      This is beneficial for NON-JAILBROKEN devices...so that's why it's useful for the ip5 or any other device on iOS 6 that can't be jailbroken.

      If we could jailbreak then we would use NoNewsIsGoodNews, Springtomize, etc.
      I understood the point of the article... I was just commenting on people who were bummed that they couldn't jailbreak and use said tweaks... I was merely suggesting that maybe people should wait to upgrade their iOS and or their phones... How many users on here have non Jailbroken devices? I mean modmyi hosts a repository on Cydia and there is a best tweaks of the week posted on here, all of which are Cydia tweaks... I just assume that most of us here are a part of the jailbreak community...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Alright, I understand where u were coming from, now!
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Alright, I understand where u were coming from, now!
      Sweet... I'm glad you understand where I was coming from now... Aloha Thazsar!
    1. Ozzie5374's Avatar
      Ozzie5374 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jber View Post
      No news is good news... Its been out since newstand was introed.

      Edit, no need for JB, I see.
      Yeah. Derr! End of conversation.