Sometimes, you have certain apps you don’t want anyone else to see. You can hide sensitive information, such as bank apps, inappropriate content, or simply something you don’t want to share with others. In some cases, you simply want all those pre-installed apps that you never use to be disabled.

No matter what the reason is, you need to know how to hide these apps and how to access them later.

This is exactly what I want to show you. A few easy ways to hide your apps and find them in few clicks when you need them. Let’s start.

How to hide apps on your Android device using a third-party app

Using a third-party app, AKA launcher, you can hide any apps pre-installed that came with your phone or the ones you installed. This way of hiding apps is suitable for any type of Android, so you don’t have to worry if it’ll work on your specific device. I’d like to show you one of the best launchers I’ve discovered for hiding apps on your Android – Nova Launcher.

  1. Download Nova Launcher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details/?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher
  2. Set it as your default launcher
  3. Open Nova “Settings” app
  4. Go to “Apps & widget drawers” > “Hide apps”
How to hide apps on your Android phone using third-party APP
How to hide apps on your Android phone using third-party App
  1. Check all the apps you want to hide

In order to use these apps later, go back to “App drawer” and launch the application from there.

Note: The app will change the looks of your Android device, so bear in mind that this is not something everyone would agree to use.

There is also a paid version of Nova Launcher called Nova Launcher Prime that gives you more features for your Android device. You can find this version here 

When it comes to follow-up steps, they are completely the same as for the free Nova Launcher version.

Besides Nova Launcher, you can also use Apex Launcher. It does not have as many features as Nova Launcher, but it will do the job.

Disabling apps on your Android device

Another way to hide apps is by disabling them. Just to mention, only pre-installed apps can be disabled, and you won’t be able to use them after disabling them. If this is something you want to do, here is how.

  1. Open “Settings” > “Apps & Notifications”
  2. Click on “See all apps”
  3. Find and open the app you wish to hide
  4. Tap “Disable” and then “Disable app”
Disabling Apps on an Android device
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Note: The steps may vary depending on the model of the Android phone you have.

How to hide apps on your Android device without launcher and disabling apps

As mentioned, launchers are changing the interface of your Android device; therefore, not everyone would be happy to use one. This is why I want to show you another way to hide apps on your phone, depending on the phone manufacturer. Also, this is a way to hide pre-installed apps without disabling them, so you will be able to use them later. Here, I’ve listed several Android models that support hiding apps directly using your phone Apps drawer.

Samsung

  • Open “Apps”
  • Click on the icon in the top right corner (3 vertical dots)
  • Click “Home screen setting”
  • Find and tap “Hide app”
How to hide apps on your Android device without launcher and disabling apps on Samsung
  • Select apps you want to hide
  • Click on “Apply”

OnePlus

  • Open “Apps”
  • Swipe right to access to Hidden Space folder
How to hide apps on your Android device without launcher and disabling apps on One plus
  • Tap on “+”
  • Select apps you wish to hide
  • Tap on the checkmark
How to hide apps on your Android device without launcher and disabling apps on One Plus

Xiaomi

  • Go to “Settings” > “App lock”
  • Tap on “Hidden apps” > “Manage hidden apps”
How to hide apps on your Android device without launcher and disabling apps on Xiaomi
  • Select apps you want to hide
  • Confirm it

LG

  • Open “Apps”
  • Tap three vertical dots in the top right corner
  • Select “Hide apps”
How to hide apps on your Android device without launcher and disabling apps on LG
  • Choose apps you wish to hide
  • Tap “Done”

Now, you have all the possibilities to hide apps on your Android device. Use them smartly! If you have any other suggestions on how to hide apps on your Android phone, I’d love to hear them! Leave the comment in the section below!

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