HOW TO: Put Newsstand In A Folder On iOS 5 [Without Jailbreaking]

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THIS HAS BEEN FIXED AS OF iOS 5.1!!!

Why can’t I put newsstand in a folder?” Actually, you can! I like every other Apple Device owner, was excited about iOS 5. After installing it and getting everything set up, I was annoyed at the fact that Newsstand is not allowed to go in a folder. Honestly, it’s an app I don’t think I will ever be using. I tweeted my frustration on Twitter. Luckily I found out via a few Twitter friends it it IS possible to put Newsstand in a folder, you just need to trick your device into letting you, and you need to be quick about it. Simply follow these steps:

  • 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!

If you open Newsstand while it’s in a folder your springboard will crash. If you want to use Newsstand at some point just take it out of the folder and you’re good to go!

Huge thanks to @AnataTenshi for discovering it and @_vrn for bringing it to my attention. Another thing to note is the fact that this will also work with a folder within a folder.

Update: Wow!! I didn’t think my post would reach websites like TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Macrumors, Tipb, Cult of Mac, and so on….thanks everyone! Glad you like the hack and thanks for the credit! 🙂

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  2. Yay you posted the workaround I found 😛 This also works with folder in a folder, but the folders in the folders aren’t functional so it’s not really worth it. Still looking for iOS 5 bugs/glitches, I’ll have any others I find posted on The Coding Massacre. The folder system just seems to be extremely buggy in iOS 5, I’m sure there are some other things I can find wrong with them.

    -iLive@null.net
    (Hey, iMessage me if you need help or something with this glitch, or just wanna chat! ;D)

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  54. It helps if you open a ton of apps first, so it takes the processor longer to show you what it has decided to name the folder. Took me like 6 tries on my iPhone 4 the first time with most of my apps killed, the second time I opened all of the apps ony first home screen and some from the second and was able to do this first try. Thanks for the hack!

  55. So – I totally did this, as you mentioned….but then I didn’t read the part about opening it from within a folder.

    I did that ….. then my iPhone kind of restarted … but now Newsstand is nowhere to be found. I literally can’t find it – did a restore and that didn’t work.

    Any idea what I can do to get it back? I think I messed something up.

    • That is REALLY weird. I had (for fun) “opened” newsstand from inside the folder to see my iPod respring. It was still there then it was done, no issues.

      Search for Newsstand via Spotlight – is it there? I’m assuming you checked, but it’s not in the folder it was, right? What about another page of apps, or in a different folder?

    • It hides itself in the folder preview, try opening all your folders, even if its not in the preview, to find it. Not sure, first account of this happening.

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  99. Thanks a lot – you are just great!!!
    I created a folder “useless” on my last page – and the other two candidates, game center and stocks just came handy to do your trick 😉
    BTW I came here via TUAW

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  109. all good and whatever, but it seems like Newstand still takes up a spot on the desktop even if you can’t see it, so might as well just put it in a separate page

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  120. nice work. However, my iPad 2 springboard resets every time then when I want to start Newsstand ^_^. I don’t use it anyway since Apple doesn’t offer anything for newsstand here in Holland.

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  147. THANK YOU! By fare the mode useful hack I have found in awhile. I will never use Newsstand and being forced to keep it on my home screen was driving me nuts. This worked perfectly and now it’s filed away and out of sight with the other apple crap apps like Stocks and Weather!

  148. I did this on my 3GS running ios5 and got a glitch whereby app icons would randomly disappear (leaving just the name underneath a blank space). The apps still work and the icons come back just as randomly. Pulling newsstand out of the folder and turning off and on fixes it so I’ll put up with the newsstand icon for now. Might use it in future, you never know.

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  150. It worked for me the first time but when I synced my phone just now, Newsstand is out of the folder and I can’t get it to work anymore, o.x… Did they get smart and put a guard against it or am I just being paranoid? xD;

  151. For anyone that might be having trouble making this work, you don’t need to drag it all the way into the folder that quick. You just have to pick it up during the folder animation. It seems you have as long as you want to drop it in the folder once you pick it up.

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  154. Unfortunately, this will be undone each and every time you sync your iPhone. I can’t be bothered doing and re-doing this (otherwise neat) little trick every time after I sync so I’ve resigned myself to sticking the app on the last “here be dragons” page. Stupid Newsstand. Figure it out Apple.

  155. Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!
    I tried many times and was about to give up but reading down the post I picked up the tip to use Game Centre and Stocks – this ‘paused’ my iPhone long enough to let me get Newstand into the newly created folder. Finally a use for Game Centre and Stocks.
    A big THANK YOU to whoever came up with this little gem.

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  158. I was able to get this to work, but it caused a strange quirk with both my iPad and my iPhone. As long as the Newsstand was in a folder, when I was in iTunes and I click on the Apps tab, iTunes would crash. As soon as I moved the Newsstand out of the folder, I could access the Apps tab without issue.

  159. Omg i love you! I couldn’t stand the newsstand app and now it’s hidden in a folder and I can’t even see it! Thank you soooo much!

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  161. Doesn’t work at all. I don’t think it can work as it moves icon here and there if you try to move newsstand into a folder. I want to see a video if someone can post it.
    Thanks,

  162. I really wasn’t sure if this was going to work or if I’d be quick enough, lol, but after about 15 seconds, I got it!!! THANK YOU!! 😀

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  164. I brought out two apps out of a different folder, and created a folder…but newsstand still will not go into it! Does this glitch still work for iPad?

  165. Thank you! My god that was maken me mad. I tried forever too see if I could put it somewhere. I’m never gonna use this app and I’m glad I got it out of my way!(:

  166. PEOPLE! Here it is a TIP. Don’t do it TOO fast. The folder takes 0.2seconds to be created. Just wait for it start to show the items inside!

    *Folder into folder is working as well.

  167. Bullshit, your a fucking hack. When you create a folder everything else fades away and the only way to move newsstand around is to get out of the folder and then you can’t move it in to a folder

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  169. Your post has been extremely useful in order to get rid of the tedious newsstand.

    Do you know if you can still do this after upgrading to iOS 5.1?

    Before it was easy (2 or 3 attempts) but now…. looks it is not possible anymore 😦

  170. thanks for the tip , but i tried it & no matter how fast i am , i couldnt put the newstand in that resently made folder!!
    my os is IOS 5.1

    But thanks anyway

  171. When you say this has been fixed on 5.1, do you mean you can no longer put newsstand in a folder, or do you mean you can put it in a folder if you wish? x

  172. iv only just noticed the newsstand app since i last upgraded my iphone 4 and have just spent an hour trying to apply this sneaky little fix – now i realise i must have missed an update as i am on 5.1 and until one of the last posts i thought “fixed in 5.1” meant you could delete or file it away, not that it had been fixed to stay as an annoying blot on my shiny shiny.

    it wouldnt be so bad if you could add your other news or related apps into it like any other folder but you cant. aaaarrrggghhh ;o)

  173. I updated to 5.1 when it came out, and after having done this process on 5.0, the newsstand stayed in the folder. So, if there is a way to downgrade, you can do this assuming it works for others and I’m not a fluke.

  174. I just put it on a different page so it is hidden but on a page with only apps i dont use. That worked for me but maybe not for you. So maybe that will help you.

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