How to Hide Apps on Android (with Pictures)


Method 1

Disabling Pre-Installed Apps


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    Open the Settings app.


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    Tap Applications. If your Settings menu has headings above it, you’ll first have to tap the “Devices” heading.


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    Tap Application Manager.


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    Tap the “All” tab.


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    Tap the app you want to hide.


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    Tap Disable.

    Doing so should hide your app from your Home screen.

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    • If the app in question is not a pre-installed app, this option may say “Uninstall” instead.
    • You can find your disabled apps in the “Disabled” section of the Apps menu.

Method 2

Using an App-Hiding App


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    Open the Google Play Store.


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    Tap the magnifying glass icon.


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    Type in a third-party launcher name. Some common choices that allow app-hiding include “Nova Launcher Prime” and “Apex Launcher.”


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    Tap Go.


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    Review your search results. You’ll want to choose a highly-rated app with lots of reviews.


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    Tap your chosen app.


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    Tap Install or Buy.

    This will be in the top right section of your screen.

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    • You may have to verify this step if your app isn’t free.

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    Tap Accept if prompted. Once you do so, your app download will commence.


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    Tap Open.

    This option should be available in the Google Play Store once your app finishes downloading.

    • You can also open your app from within the App drawer.

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    Follow your app’s on-screen instructions.

    Since launcher apps differ from one another, your process here will vary.

    • With Nova Launcher, for example, you’ll tap App & Widget Drawers, then Hide Apps, and then check the apps you wish to hide.
    • Apex Launcher, on the other hand, requires you to tap Apex Settings, then Drawer Settings, then Hidden Apps before checking the pertinent apps.

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    Close your launcher. Your selected apps should now be hidden.

Community Q&A

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  • Question

    Does Samsung Galaxy have the option to hide apps?

    Yes, you can. Some have it pre-installed, like the S6. For others, you can download the apex launcher and get it for free.

  • Question

    Where can I see my hidden apps?

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    Community Answer

    Hit the Google search bar, type in the name of the app and search. It’ll allow you to open the app.

  • Question

    What happens if I uninstall Apex Launcher?

    If you uninstall Apex Launcher, your hidden apps will no longer be hidden.

  • Question

    How can I hide applications on an iPhone 6?

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    Can you use a hidden application?

    No–you’ll have to unhide the app in order to use it again.

  • Question

    How do I hide apps on an Intex device?

    You can press and hold the app that you want to hide, and select uninstall, remove, or hide.

  • Question

    How do I hide apps on a tablet?

    From the home screen, go to Apps. Tap on the Menu key, then select Hide applications. Tick the boxes next to the apps you want to hide and tap on Done.

  • Question

    What if menu option is not available?

    It should be available, but you may have to refer to your Android’s user manual to find out how to access it.

  • Question

    Will the notifications for the hidden app show?

    Yes, the messages will still show up when you “wake up” your phone, and Snapchat shows in the notification center. But if you download the app, and it asks if you want to get notifications just put no, then it probably won’t show, but you would have to constantly go back in the app. If you’re okay with that, then your best bet is to just turn off notifications on apps that you can turn notifications off and on.

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    What should I do if “disable” didn’t appear?

    It means the application is deleted and you have to download it again. You can open the Google Play Store to view that application.

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Tips

  • The “Applications” tab in Settings may also be called “Apps” on some operating systems.

Warnings

  • Third-party launchers can severely slow down your phone.

Article SummaryX

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap Applications.
3. Tap Application Manager.
4. Tap the “All” tab.
5. Tap the app you want to hide.
6. Tap Disable.

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