How to Hide Apps on Android

This wikiHow teaches you how to hide apps on your Android device.

Method One of Two:
Disabling Pre-Installed Apps

  1. 1
    Open the Settings app.
  2. 2
    Tap Applications. If your Settings menu has headings above it, you'll first have to tap the "Devices" heading.
  3. 3
    Tap Application Manager.
  4. 4
    Tap the "All" tab.
  5. 5
    Tap the app you want to hide.
  6. 6
    Tap Disable. Doing so should hide your app from your Home screen.[1]
    • If the app in question is not a pre-installed app, this option may say "Uninstall" instead.
    • You can find your disabled apps in the "Disabled" section of the Apps menu.

Method Two of Two:
Using an App-Hiding App

  1. 1
    Open the Google Play Store.
  2. 2
    Tap the magnifying glass icon.
  3. 3
    Type in a third-party launcher name. Some common choices that allow app-hiding include "Nova Launcher Prime" and "Apex Launcher."
  4. 4
    Tap Go.
  5. 5
    Review your search results. You'll want to choose a highly-rated app with lots of reviews.
  6. 6
    Tap your chosen app.
  7. 7
    Tap Install or Buy. This will be in the top right section of your screen.[2]
    • You may have to verify this step if your app isn't free.
  8. 8
    Tap Accept if prompted. Once you do so, your app download will commence.
  9. 9
    Tap Open. This option should be available in the Google Play Store once your app finishes downloading.
    • You can also open your app from within the App drawer.
  10. 10
    Follow your app's on-screen instructions. Since launcher apps differ from one another, your process here will vary.
    • With Nova Launcher, for example, you'll tap App & Widget Drawers, then Hide Apps, and then check the apps you wish to hide.
    • Apex Launcher, on the other hand, requires you to tap Apex Settings, then Drawer Settings, then Hidden Apps before checking the pertinent apps.
  11. 11
    Close your launcher. Your selected apps should now be hidden.

Community Q&A

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  • Does Samsung Galaxy have the option to hide apps?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, you can. Some have it pre-installed, like the S6. For others, you can download the apex launcher and get it for free.
    Thanks! 45 17
  • How can I hide applications on an iPhone 6?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    Thanks! 14 4
  • Can you use a hidden application?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No--you'll have to unhide the app in order to use it again.
    Thanks! 39 23
  • How do I hide apps on an Intex device?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You can press and hold the app that you want to hide, and select uninstall, remove, or hide.
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  • What happens if I uninstall Apex Launcher?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • If you uninstall Apex Launcher, your hidden apps will no longer be hidden.
    Thanks! 14 8
  • Where can I see my hidden apps?
    Answered by Elite Deity
    • Hit the Google search bar, type in the name of the app and search. It'll allow you to open the app.
    Thanks! 11 6
  • What should I do if "disable" didn't appear?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • It means the application is deleted and you have to download it again. You can open the Google Play Store to view that application.
    Thanks! 2 0
  • How do I hide apps on a tablet?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • From the home screen, go to Apps. Tap on the Menu key, then select Hide applications. Tick the boxes next to the apps you want to hide and tap on Done.
    Thanks! 26 23
  • What if menu option is not available?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • It should be available, but you may have to refer to your Android's user manual to find out how to access it.
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  • Will the notifications for the hidden app show?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, the messages will still show up when you "wake up" your phone, and Snapchat shows in the notification center. But if you download the app, and it asks if you want to get notifications just put no, then it probably won't show, but you would have to constantly go back in the app. If you're okay with that, then your best bet is to just turn off notifications on apps that you can turn notifications off and on.
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Quick Summary

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap Applications.
3. Tap Application Manager.
4. Tap the "All" tab.
5. Tap the app you want to hide.
6. Tap Disable.


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