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Is it possible to hide the status bar (battery indicator, time, etc.) on an iPhone? I can't find any indication of this in settings but I can't figure out if it's just not possible or if I'm looking in the wrong place. I went into Settings and looked in General and Display.

When I search for this I keep getting StackOverflow answers about hiding (or showing) the status bar programmatically. I want to know if there's a way to do this on the device itself.

The phone I'm trying to do this on is an iPhone 5, if it matters.

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No it's not possible to hide it on an unjailbroken iPhone.

  • Is there any official documentation on this I should have been able to find or is it that I didn't find anything because the option doesn't exist? – BSMP Apr 1 '15 at 15:53
  • The option does not exist in the UI. Apps can hide the status bar, however, if designed to. – IconDaemon Apr 1 '15 at 16:46
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Hold your power button down until the "slide to power off" option appears. Slide it halfway and keep your finger there. Wait till you get a notification and click it without lifting your finger that's holding the slide to power off switch halfway. And it's gone.

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