How to hide apps on OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme and other mobile phones

When it comes to security, some users may need to hide certain apps and data. There could be several reasons for hiding apps on your phone, ranging from hiding work apps or dating apps from prying eyes. Most smartphones these days run custom skins that come with the feature to hide not only apps but documents, images and more as well, but as far as stock Android phones are concerned. This post will go through the steps to hide apps on android mobile phones of all the leading brands currently on the market.

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How to hide apps on any mobile phone

You can hide apps on Android phones by downloading a third party launcher if you are using a stock Android phone like Google Pixel or any model from Motorola. Other smartphone brands use different methods built into their user interface. It doesn’t mean that this third party launcher works on those smartphones.

For simplicity, at first, we’ll look at the steps to hide apps using a third party launcher. In our case, we will use the Nova launcher to accomplish this task. This is because Nova Launcher has a large user base and consistently ranks relatively high in the Google Play Store in the personalization section.

Hide apps using a custom launcher

As mentioned above, all Android launchers can hide apps in one way or another, but for simplicity, we’ll move on with Nova Launcher. The Nova launcher packs a lot of fast, smooth and stable features on most Android smartphones. To hide the apps, you need to get the Prime version of the app from the Play Store.

Step by step guide:

  • Download Nova Launcher from Google Play Store
  • Open the Nova Launcher app and set it as your default launcher
  • Next, go to Nova Settings
  • Select the app drawer
  • Look for the Hide apps option
  • Check the box next to the apps you want to hide

That’s all! Selected apps will almost instantly hide from your app drawer. For access you can discover them or search for them in the App Drawer search bar.

How to hide apps on Samsung smartphones

You don’t need any third party apps like Nova Launcher here. Samsung phones come with the OneUI custom skin on Android, which packs some great features along with their security suite called Knox. As a result, hiding apps on a Samsung phone is relatively easy. The process takes you from opening the app drawer, to going through the settings and selecting the “Hide apps” option. This is followed by selecting all the apps you need to hide.

To hide an app on a Samsung phone, follow these steps:

  • Open the app drawer
  • Pinch the home screen or tap the three vertical dots menu located in the top right corner
  • Select Home Screen Settings
  • Scroll down and choose the Hide app option
  • Select the apps you want to hide
  • Tap the Done button to apply the changes.

In order to restore hidden apps, follow the same steps as above. This way you will be able to see all the apps that are currently not visible in your app drawer.

How to hide apps on OnePlus smartphones

OnePlus smartphones have the hugely popular OxygenOS built on Android. It is the custom skin that makes some cosmetic changes and other ingenious features. One such feature is “hidden space”, which allows you to hide apps.

To hide apps on OnePlus smartphones

  • Open the app drawer.
  • Swipe right to access the hidden space.
  • Click the + icon in the upper right corner.
  • Select the apps you want to hide.
  • Tap the check mark to consolidate the selection.

For look at hidden apps, go from the Home screen, swipe up to show the applications bar -> tap Settings, then Apps & notifications and View all apps -> tap the desired app you want to see, then tap Enable. The app will appear in your app drawer. It is worth mentioning that the Hidden Spaces settings on the OnePlus device also allow you to password protect the space so that others cannot access it. To password protect Hidden Space, open the Settings app, access the password settings and enable the password protection of Hidden Spaces.

How to hide apps on Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi phones use MIUI, their version of a custom skin on Android build that mainly covers all the features you’ll find on OxygenOS, OneUI, and more. Unfortunately, enabling this feature takes multiple steps and you also need to sign up for a Mi account.

To hide apps on Xiaomi phones, please follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the settings app
  • Now enter the App section
  • In there, look for App Lock
  • Select Activate
  • Enter a template that will be used to unlock the hidden apps section later
  • Add your Mi account
  • Activate the app you want to hide and press done

After the app is hidden on the Xiaomi device, it can be accessed by sliding two fingers across the screen. This will bring up a message asking for a passcode. Enter the correct passcode to see hidden apps.

How to hide apps on Realme and OPPO smartphones

Whether it’s an OPPO or Realme smartphone, the steps to hide apps would remain the same. Despite the different naming conventions of their custom skins, the two manufacturers’ smartphones likely have the same user interface.

To hide apps on Realme / Oppo smartphones, follow the steps given below.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go to the Security section and search for App Lock.
  • Now you need to enable a passcode or pattern will unlock the hidden apps section.
  • Once you’ve set up your passcode or pattern, you’ll get a prompt to select the app you want to hide.
  • Select the apps and press done.

The selected apps will be hidden from your smartphone immediately afterwards. However, you can still access it by simply going to the keypad and entering the access number.

How to hide apps on Vivo smartphones

Vivo smartphones run on a custom skin called FunTouch OS which is visually pleasing enough and feature-rich at the same time. For anyone coming from stock Android, the skin here might look a little cartoonish, but it has the ability to grow on you. The process of hiding apps on a Vivo smartphone is reasonably straightforward. To hide like this,

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Now go to the Face and Password section.
  • Click Privacy and App Encryption Settings.
  • Then look for the Hide apps option.
  • Now, enable this option and enter your password.
  • Select the app you want to hide
  • Once done, click Apply

Unfortunately, unlike Xiaomi and Realme, you can’t access hidden apps on a Vivo phone without first removing the app from the hidden apps list. You can follow the steps mentioned above to remove the app from the list and the app will be available again.

How to hide apps on Huawei and Honor smartphones

Although the sale of new Huawei smartphones has ceased from most markets, Honor is still making a comeback. This guide will help current and future Huawei / Honor users to hide apps on their smartphones.

Step by step guide:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go to the Security section and look for the App Lock option.
  • Now you need to enable a passcode or pattern will unlock the hidden apps section.
  • At this point, you can either use the lock screen passcode or create a new one just for App Lock.
  • Once the passcode is complete, select the apps you want to hide.
  • Once you’ve selected the apps, press the Private button.


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