Removing icons from your Home or Start screen on your Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry device is easy, as these operating systems provide a straightforward way to hide, or unpin, apps you don't frequently use. However, the same can't be said for iOS: when you remove an icon from your Home screen, the iPhone deletes the program and all related data along with it. To hide certain apps on the iPhone, you must create a new folder to hold your unwanted icons.

Android

Step 1

Press the Home button, and then slide to the screen containing the icon or icons you want to hide.

Step 2

Press and hold the appropriate app, and then drag the icon onto the Remove icon on the top of the screen.

Step 3

Release your finger when the Remove icon turns red. Repeat the steps to remove additional icons from your Home screen.

iOS

Step 1

Press the Home button, and then slide to the screen containing the icon or icons you want to hide.

Step 2

Press and hold the appropriate app until it begins to wiggle. Drag the app and any other icons you want to hide to the right to move them to a blank screen.

Step 3

Drag-and-drop an app onto another app to create a new folder. Enter a name for the container, and then move the remaining icons to the folder you just created.

Windows Phone

Step 1

Press the Start button, marked with the Windows icon, to return to the Start screen, and then scroll down to the tile you want to hide.

Step 2

Press and hold the appropriate app, and then touch the "Unpin" button, or pushpin icon, in the top right.

Step 3

Repeat the above steps for each tile you want to hide from the Start screen.

BlackBerry

Step 1

Press the End/Power button to return to the Home screen, and then press the Menu key, marked with the BlackBerry logo.

Step 2

Scroll to and select the app you want to hide, and then press the Menu key to confirm.

Step 3

Highlight and then check "Hide" to remove the icon from the main screen. Repeat the steps for each icon you want to remove.