How to Hide Text on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to hide text on an Android device. Whether you want to keep certain information private or simply declutter your screen, hiding text can be a useful feature. Let’s explore some methods to achieve this.

Method 1: Using HTML Styling Elements

One way to hide text on Android is by using HTML styling elements. These elements allow you to modify the appearance of your text without altering its content. Here are a few examples:

Bold Text:

To make a text appear bold, use the tag. For example, <b>This is bold text</b> will display as This is bold text.

Underlined Text:

To underline your text, use the tag. For instance, <u>This is underlined text</u> will be displayed as This is underlined text.


You can create lists using the


  • tags. The
      tag defines an unordered list, while the

    • tag represents each list item. Here’s an example:
      • List item 1
      • List item 2
      • List item 3

      This will be displayed as:

      Method 2: Using Android TextViews with Visibility Property

      Another method to hide text on Android is by using TextViews and modifying their visibility property programmatically.

      First, add a TextView element in your XML layout file:

      Android:text=”This is hidden text”
      .. />

      In your Java code, you can change the visibility of the TextView to either “visible”, “invisible”, or “gone”. Here’s an example:

      TextView hiddenText = findViewById(;

      The text will remain in the layout but won’t be visible to the user.

      Method 3: Using Android SpannableString

      Android provides a powerful class called SpannableString that allows you to modify portions of a text with different styles. You can use this class to hide specific sections of a string. Here’s an example:

      SpannableString spannableString = new SpannableString(“This is hidden text”);
      spannableString.setSpan(new ForegroundColorSpan(Color.TRANSPARENT), 0, spannableString.length(), 0);

      By setting the foreground color to transparent, the text becomes invisible while preserving its space in the layout.


      In this tutorial, we explored three different methods to hide text on Android. By using HTML styling elements like , ,

        , and

      • , we can modify the appearance of our text without altering its content.

        Additionally, we learned how to use TextViews with visibility property and SpannableString class for more advanced hiding techniques. Experiment with these methods and choose the one that suits your requirements best.

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