Everyone has apps that they might not want others to know they are using. That's why many Android home screen launchers let you hide apps. We'll show you how to set it up so you can keep prying eyes out.
A home screen launcher is the app you see when you press the home button. It contains your wallpaper, app shortcuts, widgets and the full list of apps. We are going to show you how to hide apps on Samsung phones and with third party launcher.
Hide apps on a Samsung Galaxy phone
Samsung Galaxy phones come with a default launcher called “One UI Home”. It's a solid launcher and it has the ability to hide apps. When you hide an app with One UI Home, it won't appear in the apps list, also known as the “app drawer”.
First, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view the full list of apps.
Next, tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top search bar and select “Settings”.
Now go to "Hide apps".
Scroll through the list of apps and select the ones you want to hide.
Tap the back arrow in the top left corner when you're done.
These apps will no longer appear in the app drawer, but how do you find them? The easiest way is to use the widget or the Google search app to search for the name of the app. He will always appear there.
Hide apps with Microsoft Launcher
Microsoft Launcher is very solid and includes the ability to hide applications. You can even place apps behind a pin for extra protection. The launcher is completely free to use.
After installing Microsoft Launcher and going through the installation process, swipe up on the home screen to view the full list of apps.
Next, tap on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner and select "Hidden apps".
Tap "Hide apps" to start choosing which apps you want to hide.
Select the apps you want to hide and press “Done”.
You can now stop here if you just want to remove these apps from the app list. If you want to take it a step further, tap the gear icon on the Hidden Apps page.
Here is where you can password protect hidden apps. Activate "Set Password" to continue.
Enter a password with the numeric keypad. You will be asked to enter it twice.
Now, to see your hidden apps, tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and select “Hidden apps”. You will first be prompted to enter your password. You can always add or remove items from hidden apps by tapping "Hide apps".
These are two good solutions for hiding apps for different purposes. Whether you are just looking to clean up your app list or want to hide apps for privacy reasons, you can do it with these Android launchers.