How To Hide Apps On Your Android Phone Without Disabling The App

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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Do you want to know how to hide apps on your Android phone without disabling the app, well it is easy. All you have to do is use a phone that supports the hide apps feature, or better still use a launcher.

One of the main reasons you should use the hide feature is because it is easy to use than disabling the app from your Android phone.

Everyone has a different reason to hide apps on their Android phone, it may be because you share the device with someone, or you usually give the phone out, and hiding apps is your secure way of keeping away sensitive apps you use for work or leisure.

It’s easy to hide apps on your Android phone, we have written different methods for you to hide apps even if you use Samsung, LG, Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, Infinix, or any other brand. We will show you how to hide apps on Android.

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How to hide apps on your Android phone

Some Android phones don’t come with the hidden app feature, so you will have to use an app to hide apps.

While most of them allow you to search, others don’t. So here’s the method to hide apps on an Android phone.

Hide apps on Android with the built-in settings

On most Android phones you can hide apps easily without any phone launcher or a third-party app downloaded from the Google Play Store.

How to hide apps on a LG phone

  1. Go to your Home Screen, and long-press on any space to open up Home Screen Settings.
  2. Open the Hide apps option.
  3. Select the apps you want to hide.
  4. Confirm and tap the Done button.

How to hide apps on a Xiaomi Redmi phone

On a Xiaomi device, before you hide any apps you will need to enable the app-lock feature.

  1. Open your Settings.
  2. Search App lock.
  3. Configure the App lock pattern.
  4. Then, click on Hidden apps at the top of the menu (next to App lock).
  5. Choose the apps you want to hide and finish the process that explains to you how to find them.

How to hide apps on a OnePlus phone

  1. Open the App drawer.
  2. Swipe from left to right on the screen to open the Hidden Space.
  3. Tap the “+” icon in the top right corner.
  4. Then, select the apps you want to hide.

How to hide apps on a Huawei phone

For you to hide apps with the Huawei PrivateSpace feature you’ll need to download them again after turning on the feature, since you can’t move apps to the PrivateSpace folder.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security.
  3. Tap PrivateSpace.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up PrivateSpace.
  5. Download apps you’d like to keep hide.

How to hide apps on Samsung phone

  1. Open the App drawer.
  2. Tap the three dots at the top right of the screen.
  3. Select the Home Screen Settings
  4. Select Hide apps.
  5. Choose the apps you want to hide.

How to hide apps on Oppo phone

  1. Go to Settings and Select Privacy > App Lock.
  2. Set a Privacy password and then select the apps you want to hide
  3. Toggle App Lock and then toggle “Hide from Home Screen.”
  4. Set the access code, something like #12345#, and tap on Done
  5. Access the hidden apps by entering the code on the dial pad

Use a third-party app called App Hider

If you don’t have an Android phone that allows you to hide apps on your phone, you can use a third-party app downloaded from the Play Store.

  1. Download and install the App from the Google Play Store, then open App Hider.
  2. Tap on the “+” icon to select the apps you want to hide.
  3. Tap on Import (Hide / Dual), then tap on Hide.

You can also use the app as a calculator to hide apps. Tap on Setup PIN now and enter a PIN for the App Hider.

When it is done you’ll see that App Hider is replaced by a Calculator+ app.

When you enter the PIN you set in the Calculator+ app, it’ll open App Hider, if not it will just work like every calculator.

Use an Android third-party phone launcher to hide apps

If you don’t want to use a third-party App Hider or your Android device doesn’t allow you to hide apps you can use a phone launcher.

Different launchers allow you to hide apps and even allow you to password protect these apps.

How to hide Android apps using Microsoft launcher

  1. Download Microsoft Launcher from the Google Play Store.
  2. Set it as your default app launcher.
  3. Open the App Drawer.
  4. Tap in the three vertical dots at the top right corner, then select Hidden apps.
  5. Tap on “Hide Apps” and select the apps you want to hide.

How to hide Android apps using Poco launcher

  1. Download Poco Launcher from the Google Play Store.
  2. Set it as your default app launcher.
  3. Open the App Drawer, then swipe from left to right.
  4. Set a password to protect the hidden apps, then select the apps you want to hide.

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Use a guest account to hide Android apps

If you don’t have the feature to hide apps on your Android phone, or you don’t want to use any third-party apps, you can use the guest mode on your device if your phone supports it.

  1. Open your Phone Settings.
  2. And scroll down to System, select Multiple Users, then turned on.
  3. You can also search for “guest” or “multiple users.”
  4. Add users and your device will just be as new as when you bought it. You can add the necessary apps that you don’t want people to see.

You can now see the different method you can use to hide apps on your Android phone.

If you don’t have the feature built-in, you can use a third-party app or use a launcher like Microsoft launcher.

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