How to Hide Apps on your Android Phone

Hiding apps on your android is very easy. There are basically two methods to hide apps on your android powered device:

Method 1: Use a third-party launcher app (No root required)

Most of the third-party launcher apps come with an option for hiding apps from the app drawer. I’ll recommend you to download either go-launcher or nova launcher prime for this purpose. Both of them are having options for hiding the apps. I personally prefer using nova-launcher prime because of the tons of customization options it offers!

For nova launcher users:

  • after downloading nova launcher prime from the play store, tap the home navigation button on your phone. When asked to select a home app, select “nova launcher” followed by “always”

default app nova

  • now long-press on the home-screen. A pop-up window will appear. Tap on the wrench icon and navigate to Drawer –> Hide Apps –> check all those you want to hide. That’s it – no unwanted apps in your app drawer now!
hiding apps nova

hiding apps in nova launcher

For go-launcher users:

  • set go-launcher as your default home app
  • open the app drawer and swipe left to access the hide apps feature. Tick all you want to hide.
hiding apps in go launcher image

hiding apps in go-launcher

There’s a drawback in using this method – your hidden apps will be visible as soon as you decide to switch back to your stock launcher! But unfortunately, this is the only method of hiding apps for non-rooted users. There’s no other way. You have to stick to the chosen third-party launcher if you don’t want those specific apps to be seen.

Method 2: Install Link2SD (Requires Root)

If you have root enabled on your android, then the good news is – you can easily hide apps more securely with Link2SD. In-fact, this method is far more solid as compared to the previously mentioned method for non-rooted users. You can hide apps with Link2SD by freezing them.

 

freezing apps screenshot

Generally, those apps are frozen which notoriously keep running in the background and keep draining your RAM (which is important for multi-tasking). Thus freezing has a dual benefit – It boosts your RAM & hide apps as well ;)

Whenever you want to unhide those apps, launch Link2SD again and select “frozen” by tapping on the filter like icon. All frozen apps will be shown to you, long press on the desired apps and select unfreeze. That’s it. Your apps will be visible in the app drawer again ;)

Good news for Jellybean and kitKat users:

You can freeze apps without having to root your phone and even without link2sd app. Just navigate this way –> settings –> apps –> find the system app you wanna freeze (hide) –-> tap “Disable”. Done!!

Remember: Don’t disable crucial system apps like phone, dialler, Bluetooth, etc..doing this can lead to force close failures.

 

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  • Mohit

    Thnx buddy dis was very hepful tip…. hope to get more queries solved from you in future….. thnx again…

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      You are welcome Mohit :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mastermihir Mihir Yadav

    is rooting safe for the android phone ?

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      Mihir, It’s absolutely safe, until you are not doing something horrible on your own without referring it on the internet :)

  • Shanawaz Shaikh

    Any other App buddy?

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      You can use titanium-backup instead of Link2sd. Can’t think of any alternative to go-launcher as for now :)

  • TrueRealest

    how can I have an app (hider) on my android phone and it not have an icon. do I have to get something outside of google play store

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      Alternatively, You can install Hide It Pro from the Play Store. Don’t worry about the icon, the app is having a music icon and it automatically renames itself as ‘Audio Manager’ after being installed on a phone. But you still need to have root access to hide apps using this application!

      • Goldy Saini

        hw cn i root ?

        • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

          Search “How to root [YOUR PHONE MODEL]” on Google.

  • vinod

    thanks dude…….

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      Anytime buddy :)

  • Amal

    very usefull post.thanx mate.

  • Doug

    Thanks man, much appreciated. Love the Link2SD app as a good free alternative to Titanium Backup.

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      You are welcome mate :)

  • Hozaifa Khan

    Thx …Abhi, really i appriaciate Dis app…but is der any opt to hide apps icon too?

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      Thanks Hozaifa!
      But when the app itself is hidden from the app drawer, then what’s the need to hide its icon? :)

      • Hozaifa Khan

        Its k bro…but still i din’t see any of the app drawwer..would you plz elaborate…!!

        • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

          ‘App-drawer’ is where you see all of your installed apps. Like, when you tap on the launch button/icon from the home-screen, it opens up. It’s there in every phone/tablet…Have a look at mine – in the first screenshot of this post (2nd photo)