How to Open Hidden Apps on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Have you ever come across hidden apps on your Android device and wondered how to access them? Hidden apps can be a useful way to protect sensitive information or keep certain apps away from prying eyes. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of opening hidden apps on Android.

Method 1: Using the App Drawer

If you suspect that an app is hidden on your Android device, the first place to check is the app drawer. The app drawer is where all your installed apps are located. To open hidden apps using the app drawer:

  1. Tap on the App Drawer icon on your home screen. This is usually represented by a grid of dots or squares, located at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Once you are in the app drawer, look for a small icon or text indicating hidden apps. It might be labeled as “Hidden” or have a different symbol than other apps.

  3. If you find such an icon or text, tap on it to reveal all the hidden apps on your device.

  4. You can now select and open any of the hidden apps just like you would with any other app in your app drawer.

Method 2: Using Settings

In some cases, hidden apps may not be accessible through the app drawer. In such instances, you can try accessing them through your device’s settings:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device. You can usually find it in your app drawer or by swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping on the gear icon.

  2. Scroll down and look for an option called Apps or Application Manager. The name may vary depending on your device’s manufacturer and Android version.

  3. Tapping on the Apps or Application Manager option will display a list of all the installed apps on your device.

  4. In this list, search for an option such as Show hidden apps, All apps, or a similar label.

  5. If you find such an option, tap on it to reveal all the hidden apps on your Android device.

  6. You can now select and open any of the hidden apps from this list.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Launchers

If the above methods do not work or if you prefer a more customizable approach, you can consider using third-party launchers. Third-party launchers provide additional features and customization options, including the ability to hide and unhide apps. Here’s how to open hidden apps using a third-party launcher:

  1. Download and install a third-party launcher from the Google Play Store. Popular options include Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, and Microsoft Launcher.

  2. After installing the launcher, set it as your default launcher by going to your device’s settings.

    Look for an option called Home, Default Apps, or something similar, and select your newly installed launcher from the list.

  3. Once you have set the third-party launcher as your default, go to your home screen and perform a pinch-in or pinch-out gesture using two fingers.

  4. This gesture will open the launcher’s customization mode, allowing you to add widgets, change wallpapers, and more.

  5. In this customization mode, look for an option to view hidden apps. It may be located in the launcher’s settings menu or under a section specifically dedicated to app hiding.

  6. If you find the option to view hidden apps, tap on it to reveal all the hidden apps on your Android device.

  7. You can now select and open any of the hidden apps directly from your home screen using the third-party launcher.


Opening hidden apps on Android can be done through various methods such as using the app drawer, accessing settings, or utilizing third-party launchers. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you should now have a better understanding of how to access and open hidden apps on your Android device.

Remember to use these methods responsibly and respect privacy boundaries. Happy exploring!

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