6 Simple Tricks To Hide Apps On Any Android Phone or iPhone
Hiding apps on your Android phone may be difficult but with this method, you can easily hide any app on your Samsung Phone. Hiding your apps serves you better sometimes than deleting them permanently from your phone. I am going to take you through 6 ways through which you can hide apps on your Samsung phone considering that Samsung uses the Android operating system.
1. Check out the stock options
What do I mean by the stock option? It’s possible to hide apps on your Samsung phone without downloading any other applications to help in hiding the apps. To hide apps on Samsung devices, you can use the default app drawer to hide your apps. (You should note this method only applies to older versions of Samsung phones) How is this done?
Step 1: On your Samsung phone, click on the app drawer.
Step 2: Press the menu button on your phone; it could be on the screen button or the physical button
Step 3: Click on the option “hide apps”, then select all the apps that you need to hide.
However, as noted earlier this has become a rear feature in the current Samsung phones. Therefore, if you are using the new models like me, you need to continue reading this article to find other methods that you can use.
2. Preinstalled apps
Some preinstalled apps leave out a lot of things as most of these apps are not updated to the latest versions. They are, however, replaced with better versions from the play store or app store. Others become very useless, but they still can’t be uninstalled from the phone. This kind of apps that can’t be updated is called “bloatware”.
It is difficult to delete bloatware permanently from your phone unless your phone is rooted. But it’s easy to hide the apps from the screen display. You and I quite know that the uninstalling option on your phone does not uninstall them. Hiding the apps is the only option for non-rooted phones, and here is how it works.
Step 1. Go to your phone settings, click on applications
Step 2: Open the apps menu on your phone
Step 3: Tap on the app that you want to hide from the screen display, then, click the disable button found on the screen.
This method will disable and remove the app from the screen display until the time you’ll want to bring it back to the apps menu.
It is one of the easiest ways when you want to remove undeletable apps from your apps menu.
3. Change your default launcher to hide your apps
If you don’t want to use the methods stated above you still have the option of changing your default launcher to a customized launcher that can allow you hide your apps.
A launcher is an application that is responsible for the layout and looks of your Android phone and in this case ‘Samsung phone’. Below is the procedure of using the launcher on your Android phone to hide apps.
Step 1: Download the launcher from the play store.
Step 2: Following instructions, install the launcher on your Samsung or Android device.
Step 3: Launch the launcher by pressing the home button and then tap the launcher, you will notice changes in the screen display.
Step 4: Click on the launcher settings then tap on the drawer settings.
Step 5: Then click on the hidden apps option then from there you can hide or unhide apps by tapping on the apps to check or uncheck.
4.Using hide app ( For Rooted Phones Only)
There are many apps in the Google play store that promise to hide the unwanted apps on your phone. Yeah, like a ton of them. However, I would recommend that you do a lot of research on the apps before downloading them. Find the right app that can help you in fulfilling your needs.
Unfortunately, most hiding apps in the play store can only work on rooted phones. Therefore before considering this method you have to ensure that your phone is rooted.
How is this done?
Step 1: Download the hide app application from the Google play store and install it on your phone.
Step 2: Once you open the application, you will see a plus sign inside a square and some texts saying that you don’t have any hidden files.
Step 3: Tap the plus sign; you will be directed to another screen where you can select the apps that you intend to hide.
Step 4: Once you have selected the apps you need to hide, the selected apps will be displayed in the hide app.
5. Using two hide apps –hide system apps
This method will help you to get rid of bloatware. Mind you, the apps will not be deleted permanently, but they will be disabled.
How is this done?
Step 1: Download 2 hide apps –hide system apps app from Google play store and install it
Step 2: Open the app and in the hide-able apps tab tap on all the apps that you need to hide.
Step 3: After you have selected all the apps, you want to hide; a popup will give you the next step.
6. Use of app lock
There are numerous types of app locks in the android play store that can help you in protecting your information or data by locking the android apps with fingerprint, password or even a pin. Some app lockers will allow you to hide your apps in a secret vault and therefore they will not be available in the app menu on your phone screen.
The following steps describe how you can use app locks such as ‘Applock’ or ‘DoMobile Lab’ to hide your apps.
Step 1: Download the app locker app from the Google play store and install on your phone.
Step 2: Tap on the app to open it. The app will prompt you to draw a pattern two times for you to make use of it.
Step 3: You will then be requested to enter your email to sign in to the app. The email will be used to notify you of any update
Step 4: You will see a privacy tab on the screen. Tap on it and scroll down in the given menu and click on the general option.
Step 5: The app locker will pop up a message asking you to allow the app to make the action, allow it to use it.
Step 6: Then add all the apps you need to hide.
It’s quite cool that you don’t have to keep unnecessary apps in your phone apps menu. However, it’s still a shame that it’s not that easy to get rid of those apps. The steps that were listed above can help you get rid of those apps that you don’t need.
If you think I missed something out, Please comment below and I’ll reply you immediately.
Now to the iOS or iPhone users, let’s look at 2 easy ways you can hide apps on an iPhone.
However, innovative techniques and ideas have come up to help you hide apps on your iPhone. It is possible to hide apps from your iPhone’s home screen regardless of which version of IOS you are using.
Most users have always tried to figure out how to hide some of the apps from their sight. Ideally, if iPhone could have a feature that allows people to hide apps that they are not using it could be helpful in creating space for the most useful apps in the phones app menu. However, this is not the case yet.
Here Are 2 Ways You Can Hide Your iOS Apps
1. Use of folders
You can have up to 12 pages of apps within folders on your iPhone. Therefore, you can hide an app deep inside a folder, and it becomes difficult for someone to search for it.
To do this, you need to create the first page for the apps that you don’t need to hide. Then you can fill the first two or three pages with apps. The goal is to fill the folder with as many apps as possible and hide some amongst them. Here is how you can hide apps using folders in your iPhone.
Since you want to hide the apps, create your folder in the third or fourth page in your phones home screen.
Tap and hold on one of the apps until all the other apps start wiggling
In case you already have a folder that is filled with so many apps, you can drag the app that you need to hide to the folder, or if you don’t have a folder, you can create one and add the app to that folder together with other apps to hide it.
Also, you can drag the app that you need to be hidden towards another app. The apps will overlap, and therefore a folder will be created.
Then you can add other apps in the same folder but create another separate page for the apps that you need to hide and leave the first page for the useful apps.
Drag some of the apps to the right side to create a new page within the folder
Fill this page with apps and hide one or two apps on that page.
NB: With the iPhone, you can have up to 12 pages provided each page has at least one app. Therefore, you can have the apps that you often use in the first to the tenth page and put the apps you want to hide on the eleventh page.
2. Use an invisible folder
To create an invisible folder in your iPhone, you need to choose a blue or white wallpaper and change few display settings.
Create a folder but don’t name it.
Make a blank app icon and place it on the first page of the folder, then add the apps that you want to hide from the second page of the folder.
It will result in an invisible app icon, and you will be using it to hide the apps that you don’t use or are not necessary for you.
How to hide stock iPhone apps
For iPhones , you can easily hide stock apps on your iPhone. The same technique as that of deleting third-party apps is applied; however, the app will be hidden but not deleted. To hide iPhone stock apps, you need to:
- Tap on one of the apps on the screen until all other apps start wiggling
- Tap on the X sign at the Conner of the wiggling apple app
No worries, your app is still safe, the app will be hidden from the screen, but you can still reinstall it from the app store
How to hide iPhone apps from spotlight search
Spotlight search entirely reduces your efforts of hiding apps in the eleventh page of a folder to nothing. With the use of spotlight search, any hidden app can be seen. You can turn off the ability to find an app using spotlight search. Beware, you won’t be able to find the app using spotlight search, and therefore you will have to turn it back on in the settings in case you want to search the hidden apps.
To hide apps on iPhone from the spotlight search,
- Click on the settings
- In the settings menu, tap general
- In the general menu select spotlight search.
- In the search results, toggle off the apps that you need hidden. Therefore spotlight search will not be able to find the apps.
How to hide downloaded apps from the iPhone home screen
Simple steps are applied to hide the downloaded iOS apps . The following steps can be followed to hide apps on an iPhone from the home screen.
- Open setting on your iPhone and click on “General.”
- Select “Restrictions” and click on the enable button if they are not enabled
- Scroll down and click on “allowed content” then “Apps.”
- Click “Don’t allow apps.” the apps in the home screen will be hidden immediately.
Using different methods and tools explained in this article be it Android or iOS, can help in easily hiding apps you don’t use or those that you don’t want other people who have access to your phone to see. Altering the iOS settings to installing a phone launcher for android phones are the methods which can assist users to get the highest degree of privacy by hiding their apps in such a way that no other person can access them without their guidance.
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