Here's how to hide iMessage apps in iOS 11

It’s always the smallest features that end up being the most annoying.

With Apple’s big iOS 11 update now rolling out, many users are discovering one of the update’s more pesky features: a persistent app bar in the Messages app that seemingly doesn’t go away.

While iMessage apps have been a thing since last year with iOS 10, iOS 11 for some reason tweaked the interface slightly so that these app shortcuts always appear underneath your chats by default.

It looks like this, though the apps you see change based on what apps you have installed.

Though some of these apps can be fun additions to you conversations, having to look at them constantly is distracting. It becomes even more annoying if you accidentally tap one of them when you’re trying to do something else.

The good news, though, is that there is a way to hide the pesky app list. As pointed out by a few Redditors, all you have to do is swipe down on the gray App Store icon to make all those app bubbles go away.

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Unfortunately, there’s no way to make it go away permanently (if you use one of those apps, the list comes back the next time you open the conversation), but it’s a simple enough solution you can make it go away again easily.

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