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How to Find Hidden Apps on Android in 3 Easy Steps

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How to Find Hidden Apps on Android in 3 Easy Steps

Being able to see your apps on the Android home screen is where most people expect to find all of the apps downloaded to the phone. But for Android phone users, there is an additional feature that may help you conceal some private apps.

This feature is called Hide App, and it allows Android users to move the location of apps downloaded from an app store to a different area. But how do you find these apps once you set them to hidden?

It is important to note that for each of these methods, it is assumed that you have access to the password and biometrics of the phone as well as other credentials put in place to aid in hiding applications. 

Keep reading to learn about three different methods you can use to find hidden apps on Android. 

Method 1: The Hidden Apps menu

Step 1: Setup

Turn on the Android device, unlock it, and access the home screen.

Open to your Android's home screen.
Open to your Android’s home screen.

Step 2: Slide Menu

Once at the home screen access your phone’s search app menu feature it should look like one similar to the picture below.

Without tapping on any app icons, drag your finger to the right, and while doing so it should show an icon that says Hidden Space.

If this step does not work for you, look up the specific phone model that you have and follow the steps from there.

Slide the menu to the right.
Slide the menu to the right.
An icon that says Hidden Space should become visible.
An icon that says Hidden Space should become visible.

Step 3: Hidden Apps Folder

Let go of the drag, and you should be prompted to input your password again or a biometric scan. Once you do so, you can access the apps that you or another user has listed in the hidden space area. 

Let go of the drag. You'll be prompted to enter a passcode or another verification form. Now, you can access the apps in the Hidden folder.
Let go of the drag, and you’ll be prompted to enter a passcode or another verification form

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and now you can access the apps in the Hidden folder.

Method 2: Find Hidden Apps via the Settings Menu

Step 1: Setup

Turn on the Android device, unlock it, and go to the home screen of the device.

Open to your Android's home screen.
Go to the home screen.

Step 2: Go to Settings, then Apps & Notifications

Once you’re at the home screen, access the Settings app for your device.

Once you’re at the Settings app, scroll down until you see the Apps & notifications option. Click on it.

Go to your settings.
Go to the Settings app.
Go to apps and notifications.
Head to Apps & notifications.

Step 3: Hidden Apps

In the Apps option in the Settings feature, click on See all apps.

From there, you will be able to see all the apps that are downloaded on your phone, even hidden ones.

Click on see all apps.
Click on See all [number] apps.
All your apps will be displayed including hidden apps you may have.
All your apps will be displayed, including any hidden ones.

Here is a step-by-step video that goes through the first two methods for further reference:

Method 3: Find Hidden Apps Inside Disguised Icon Applications

Step 1: Setup

Turn on the Android device and open it to the main menu.

How to Find Hidden Apps on Android in 3 Easy Steps
Open to the home screen.

Step 2: Locate an Application

Locate an application that you have previously changed the icon and name of and tap on it.

Locate an app.
Find an app and click on it.

Step 3: Enter Your Password

Input the password if there is one, and now you have access to the app.

Enter your password.
Enter your password, and voila! Now you have access to the hidden app.

Wrap Up

We’ve disused three different methods that you can use to find hidden apps on Android. If for one of the methods you weren’t able to complete all the steps, you might need to specifically look up your phone model and its specific steps to find the hidden apps on your Android phone.

We hope that you found this article helpful and that you are now able to find hidden applications for Android phones!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hidden app?

A hidden app is an application that a user of the phone designates to not have made shown openly on the home screen. Most users who hide apps do avoid embarrassment from having downloaded certain applications. Almost all apps on the Android phone can be hidden with some requiring a password to open.

Does hiding an app delete it?

No, hiding an application does not delete it. It adds layers of access to disguise that prevents anyone that knows about its existence from accessing it. Some Android users can hide an application by changing the app’s image and name to something non-conspicuous as a calculator app.

How do I hide an app?

Depending on what kind of phone and Android version you have, you can hide an application in different ways. You can hide a by changing the name and picture, placing it in the hidden apps launcher, and placing a password to access the contents of the app to name a few. Some newer Android phones have preloaded software that adds unique features for users to hide applications.

Can I unhide an app?

Yes, you can! You can unhide an app that you had previously set to hidden so that it can show up again on the phone’s home screen. Just know that after you have unhidden the app, it will be accessible from the home page or application search menus.

What is an app?

An app or application is a set of tasks that a program executes when the user decides to. These tasks are nonessential to the operation of the phone and can be incredibly unique and interesting. Apps can range anywhere from video games and entertainment to a calculator or a calendar.

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