How to Hide Apps on Android Without Disabling

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Do you have some apps on your Android device that you’d rather keep hidden from prying eyes? Maybe it’s a dating app or a game that you don’t want others to know about.

Whatever the reason, there are ways to hide apps on Android without disabling them completely. In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods to achieve this.

Method 1: Using a Third-Party Launcher

If you’re looking for a simple and effective way to hide apps on your Android device, using a third-party launcher is your best bet. Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, and Microsoft Launcher are popular options that offer this feature.

  • Step 1: Install the third-party launcher from the Google Play Store.
  • Step 2: Set the new launcher as your default by going to Settings > Apps > Default Apps > Home App.
  • Step 3: Open the app drawer by tapping on the app drawer icon (usually located at the bottom of your home screen).
  • Step 4: Long-press on the app you want to hide until options appear.
  • Step 5: Select “Edit” or “Hide” (depending on the launcher) and follow any prompts if required.

Method 2: Using an App Hider

If you want more control over hiding apps and don’t mind installing an additional app, an app hider is worth considering. These applications create a secure space where you can hide and protect selected apps with passwords or PINs. Here’s how to use one such app hider called “App Hider”:

  • Step 1: Install “App Hider” from the Google Play Store.
  • Step 2: Open the app and set a password or PIN.
  • Step 3: Tap on the “+” icon to add apps you want to hide.
  • Step 4: Once added, go to your device’s settings and uninstall the original app(s) you want to hide.
  • Step 5: To access your hidden apps, open “App Hider” and enter your password or PIN.

Method 3: Using a Secure Folder (Samsung Devices)

If you’re using a Samsung device, you have an additional option called “Secure Folder.” This feature allows you to create a separate, encrypted space where you can hide apps along with other files and data. Here’s how to use it:

  • Step 1: Open your device’s Settings and search for “Secure Folder.”
  • Step 2: Set up Secure Folder by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Step 3: Once set up, open Secure Folder from your app drawer or home screen.
  • Step 4: Tap on “Add Apps” and select the apps you want to hide.

You can now access your hidden apps by opening Secure Folder and entering your passcode or using biometric authentication (if available).

In Conclusion

Hiding apps on Android doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you prefer using a third-party launcher, an app hider, or the built-in Secure Folder feature (for Samsung devices), you can easily keep your apps out of sight. Choose the method that suits your needs and enjoy a little extra privacy on your Android device!

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