Hiding apps on Android devices: A step-by-step guide

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Hiding apps on Android devices: A step-by-step guide

As smartphone usage continues to grow, the need for privacy and organisation has become more prominent. Whether it is to protect sensitive information, declutter your home screen, or simply keep certain apps away from prying eyes, hiding apps on Android devices can be incredibly useful. This guide will take you through the process step-by-step, ensuring your privacy needs are met without compromising functionality. 

Why hide apps on your Android device?

There are several reasons why you might want to hide apps on your Android phone. Privacy is a major concern for many users, as personal and sensitive information is often stored within apps.  

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Hiding these apps can protect your data from unauthorised access. Additionally, it also helps keep your home screen organised and less cluttered, making it easier to find the apps you use most frequently. Lastly, for parents, hiding apps can be a way to manage what children can access on their devices.  

Built-in options for hiding apps

Many Android devices come with built-in options for hiding apps. These options vary depending on the manufacturer and the version of Android your device is running. Here’s how you can use these built-in features on some of the most popular brands. 

Samsung devices: 

1. Open the app drawer by swiping up or down on the home screen. 

2. Tap on the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. 

3. Select ‘Home screen settings.’ 

4. Tap on ‘Hide apps.’ 

5. Select the apps you want to hide by tapping on them. 

6. Tap on ‘Apply’ to save your changes. 

OnePlus devices: 

1. Open the app drawer by swiping up on the home screen. 

2. Swipe right to access the ‘Hidden Space’ folder. 

3. Tap the plus (+) icon in the upper-right corner. 

4. Select the apps you want to hide by tapping on them. 

5. Tap on the checkmark to confirm. 

Xiaomi devices: 

1. Open the Settings app. 

2. Scroll down and select ‘Apps.’ 

3. Tap on ‘App lock.’ 

4. Set up the App lock feature if you haven’t already. 

5. Once set up, tap on the ‘Hidden apps’ tab. 

6. Select the apps you want to hide by toggling the switch next to them. 

Using third-party launchers

If your device does not have a built-in option to hide apps, you can use a third-party launcher, such as Nova, Apex, or Microsoft Launcher.

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Launchers can completely transform the look and feel of your Android device, and many offer the ability to hide apps.  

Creating secure folders or accessing second space

Another effective method for hiding apps is to use secure folders, which offer an additional layer of security. This method is especially useful for those who want to protect sensitive information. Samsung’s ‘Secure Folder’ provides a private, encrypted space on your Samsung device to store sensitive files, apps, and data. On the other hand, some Xiaomi devices offer an additional method for hiding apps called ‘Second Space.’ This feature allows you to create a separate, secure space on your phone, almost like having two devices in one. 

Samsung’s Secure folder: 

1. Open the Settings app. 

2. Tap on ‘Biometrics and security.’ 

3. Tap on ‘Secure Folder’ and follow the setup instructions. 

4. Once set up, open the Secure Folder from your app drawer. 

5. Tap on ‘Add apps.’ 

6. Select the apps you want to add to the Secure Folder. 

7. The selected apps will be moved to the Secure Folder, and their icons will be removed from the home screen and app drawer. 

Xiaomi’s Second Space: 

1. Open the Settings app. 

2. Scroll down and select ‘Special features.’ 

3. Tap on ‘Second space.’ 

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Second Space. You will need to set up a password or fingerprint for accessing it. 

5. Once set up, switch to your Second Space by tapping the ‘Switch’ button in the notification bar or from the Settings menu. 

6. Install the apps you want to keep hidden in the Second Space. These apps and their data will be completely separate from your main space. 

Hiding apps on your Android device can greatly enhance your privacy and help keep your home screen organised.

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Whether you use built-in options, third-party launchers, or secure folders, there are multiple methods available to suit your needs.  

By following this step-by-step guide, you can ensure that your personal information remains protected, and your device stays clutter-free. Take control of your app management today and enjoy a more streamlined Android experience. 

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