The new version of Samsung phones comes with interesting and exciting features and applications that are rarely found in other android phones.
One of such features is the Hide App feature, which enables its uses to easily hide or keep some private apps, files, and photos hidden from an intruder.
With this feature, you can hide your important apps or clean up your unused apps without deleting them from your device.
Read on to learn how you can hide apps, photos and files on your Samsung Phones. Also, you will learn how to hide apps on other android phones in case you’re not using Samsung.
How to Hide Apps on Samsung Devices
Below is a step-step guide on how to hide apps on smasung Devices:
- To start with, swipe up or down your Samsung home screen to open the application drawer. Then, click get to the options menu by touching the three dots icon at the upper corner of your phone screen.
Then, go to ‘settings’
Selecting the ‘setting’ button will take you to the ‘Home Screen Settings’ where you will see the option to hide the app. Click on the ‘Hide App’ option.
On the other way round, you can get to your phone’s ‘Home Screen Settings’ by long-pressing on the screen to load the option.
This option takes you to where all the installed apps are on your phone. You then choose the ones you want to hide and click ‘Apply’.
Note, once you hide the apps, their respective shortcuts also get removed from the home screen, if they have been placed there earlier.
Having gotten steps you can take if you want to hide any app on your Samung phone, let’s take a look at how you can restore the apps once hidden.
How To Restore the Hidden Apps on Your Samsung Phone
Restoring your Samsung mobile apps to the application drawer is just as simple. All you need to do is follow the same steps as instructed above and you will be able to see all the apps that are currently not visible on the apps menu.
Deselect the apps that you hid. If you also wish to restore the app shortcuts to your home screen, you will need to place them manually.
Aside from applications, you can also hide photos and Files on your Samsung phones too.
Hide Photos and Files on Samsung Phones
One interesting thing about Samsung Phones is that some of them are designed in such a way that you can secure some of your private photos and files by hiding them in a separate folder.
All you have to do is to sign up with your Samsung account and you’re good to go.
To get started after signing up, tap the “Add files” option on top and choose whether you want to add in images, videos, documents, or audio.
Then select the files you want to protect, tap “Done,” and choose the “Move” option. This means the files will be sent to Secure Folder and deleted from their original locations.
Below is a breakdown of the process:
- Launch the Samsung Secure Folder app.
- Tap the “Add files” option on top of the screen.
- Choose whether you want to add in images, videos, documents, or audio.
- Select the files you want to add to Samsung Secure Folder and tap “Done.”
- Select the “Move” option.
Before we wrap it up, let’s take a look at how you can also hide apps on any other Android phones as well as OnePlus, and LG in case you’re not a Samsung User.
How to Hide Apps on Android Phone
There are two sure ways you can hide apps on any android phone. First is best for hiding all pre-installed apps, while the other option is best for only pre-installed apps that are uninstallable.
Let’s take a brief look at these two methods:
Using Nova Launcher. Nova Launcher is an Android Launcher that allows you to hide apps easily. One interesting fact about this launcher is that it have so many features. The only drawback is that you must upgrade to the Prime Version before you can get what you want.
Once you have the prime version, follow the process below:
- Download Nova Launcher Prime.
- Set it as your default launcher.
- Open the Nova Settings app.
- Head to App drawer > Hide apps.
- Check the box next to the apps you want to hide.
- To use the app, type its name in the search box in the app drawer.
Note, hiding apps is one of the numerous features Nova Launcher has. That’s there is a lot you can do with Nova Launcher.
The scond option is to Disable apps in the settings. This is how it works!
Head into the settings of your android phone and select the “Apps and Notifications” option. Then tap “See all apps”. Find and open the app you want to hide and tab on the “Disable” button. Remember, this process might differs based on your android version.
Also, any app you remove or hide by disabling, you won’t be able to use it again.
Hide Apps on OnePlus
On OnePlus phones, the Hidden Space function helps you to conceal games. To get there, open the app drawer and then swipe right. Then, tap the “+” button, pick the apps you want to hide, and finally, tap the checkmark to finish the job.
You can also enable password/fingerprint security to ensure that only you have access to the Hidden Space folder.
o do so, tap the icon in the top-right corner (three vertical dots), select “Enable password,” and then follow on-screen instructions.
Follow the steps below:
- Open the app drawer.
- Swipe right to access the Hidden Space folder.
- Tap the “+” icon in the top-right corner.
- Select the apps you want to hide.
- Tap the checkmark in the top-right corner.
How to hide apps on LG phones
You can hide apps on your LG phone in two ways. The first is used if you do not have an app drawer available, while the second is used if you do. Let us begin with the former.
Open your phone’s settings and select the “Home screen” option under the “Display” tab. To speed things up, you can also long-press on the home screen and select the “Home screen settings” option.
The following move is to open the “Delete apps” menu, pick the apps you want to hide, and then click the “Done” button.
Follow the steps below:
- Long-press on the home screen.
- Select the “Home screen settings” option.
- Tap “Hide apps.”
- Select the apps you want to hide.
- Tap the “Done” option.