How to Hide YouTube, Safari, and Other Default App Icons in iOS 5
With iOS 5 you can hide many of the Apple default apps and their icons from appearing on the home screen of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This includes YouTube and iTunes, but also the essentials like Safari and Mail if you are opting to use third party or web apps in their place.
- Tap onto “Settings”
- Touch on “General” and then “Restrictions”
- Slide apps you want to hide to “OFF”
I’ve never used the YouTube app so I quickly disabled it, this is much better than just stuffing it into a folder with other default apps you don’t use.
You’ll also find some core iOS features you can disable in this menu, including things like Ping, iTunes, and the ability to install apps completely, all of which are helpful to disable for public use iPads or even just for childproofing an iPod touch.
Update: A more limited version of this function appeared in earlier versions of iOS, and as others have noted in the comments it doesn’t work with all default apps.