Phones can quickly become cluttered with apps which makes it difficult to find the specific app that you need. If you are frustrated with having to swipe through multiple pages to find what you need, then you should learn how to hide some apps.
It can be stressful when you’re in a hurry to find a specific app, like when you’re in line at a grocery store looking for a coupon as other shoppers are waiting on you. Maybe you just want to hide specific apps from your prying eyes!
Whatever your reason, we will show a few easy ways to hide apps on Samsung phones in this article. Luckily, Samsung has made it easy to hide apps. Let’s get started!
Method #1: Hide Apps with Android One UI
Bear in mind, every Samsung phone uses Android as the operating system. However, depending on your phone’s version of Android, some features may not be supported.
The latest version of Android is called Samsung One UI and we will use it for our examples below. It has a native feature to hide apps which is the easiest to use.
Most phones released in the last few years use One UI but it depends on the model. There’s also the possibility that your phone can be updated to One UI.
In other words, if you don’t see the features below on your specific phone then, chances are, your phone is not using One UI.
That’s okay, we will cover some other ways to hide apps on older Android systems later on. For now, follow these steps if you have Android One UI!
Step 1: Open Settings
There are a few different ways to access Settings on Android phones.
The easiest would be to swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon. You can also use the search bar to search for Settings or the specific Hide Apps option.
Step 2: Tap on the Home Screen
Scroll down until you see Home Screen. Tap on it.
Step 3: Tap on Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screens
Look for the option to Hide Apps on the Home and Apps screens and select it.
Step 4: Select the Apps to Hide
You will be shown all the apps that are installed on your phone, sorted alphabetically. Select the apps that want to hide from the screen.
We recommend removing all the apps that you rarely use as they take up slots in your app folder. Bear in mind, hiding apps does not uninstall them from your device.
When apps are added to the hidden list, they won’t be visible and can’t be located with the search function. However, you will remain logged in to them and can still receive notifications, unless you disable notifications.
Once you have hidden your apps, head to the app homepage, tap the three dots in the corner and select Cleanup Pages.
Now, your app list should be much cleaner.
Step 5: Unhide Apps
If you would like to access an app that you hid, repeat the process to open hidden apps and deselect the app from the hidden category.
It will appear in your list of apps again and you can open it as you normally would.
While this focuses on the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra devices, this step-by-step video should help as a reference for this method:
Method #2: Disable System Apps
There are many system apps that are built-in into your phone that you will probably never use. These apps can make a lot of clutter.
Disabling system apps is one way to hide them from your phone’s list of apps. It won’t completely uninstall the app and you won’t save storage space, but it frees up some slots.
These apps need to be disabled one at a time which can be tedious. However, disabling these apps will prevent them from running in the background and consuming system resources.
Follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Open Settings and Apps
Open Settings and tap on the Apps option to see all the apps installed on your phone. Press the sort button in the top right corner of the app list and toggle Show System Apps.
Step 2: Disable
From here, you will have to browse through the list of apps and disable the ones you don’t need. Most vital system apps can’t be disabled, and if you’re not sure if an app is important, it’s probably best to leave it enabled.
There are some apps that you can disable, such as One Drive, which is installed by default and most people don’t use. Tap on the app and select Disable.
Disabling an app won’t uninstall it from your system but it will remove the app icon and prevent it from running in the background.
Method #3: Samsung Secure Folder
Another feature you can use to hide apps is Samsung Secure Folder, which creates a virtual folder that can only be unlocked with biometrics or a PIN. It uses Samsung’s new Knox security system. Secure Folder is available on most Android phones from the S8 and newer. S7 devices may also support it.
Samsung Secure Folder not only lets you hide documents and images but also entire applications. It’s much more secure than simply hiding the app but it requires a few extra steps.
Secure Folder is great because it acts like a separate partition on your phone. You can install apps directly into the folder and those apps will only remain in the folder. To open the app, you need to enter a PIN or use biometrics.
Follow these steps.
Step 1: Open Settings
Open Settings and scroll down until you see the option for Security and privacy.
Step 2: Select Secure Folder
Once you tap on Secure Folder, some prompts will appear explaining how the folder works and the required permissions.
Step 3: Sign in to Your Samsung Account
Secure Folder is a Samsung product that requires your Samsung account details. Enter your email address and password to set up the Secure Folder.
Step 4: Select Lock Type
Choose a method to lock and unlock the folder. The options are Pattern, PIN, and Password. Once you set one of those lock types, you can use Biometrics as an additional layer of security.
Tap on Next to confirm the lock type. The Secure Folder will be created. It may take a few minutes for your phone to create the Secure folder.
Step 5: Add Apps
The Secure Folder will automatically open once you complete the setup steps and you can choose to either add apps or files. Tap the plus icon to add apps to your new folder.
Bear in mind, when adding apps, Secure Folder copies the app from your system. It doesn’t remove the app from your system.
So, you want to add the app to the Secure Folder and then uninstall the version that’s in the main operating system. That’s one point a lot of people overlook. Adding the app to Secure Folder doesn’t automatically hide it.
Another option is to open Secure Folder and tap Download from Play Store to download the app into the Secure Folder directly from the app store.
Another interesting pointer is, if you have two copies of an app, one on your main system and one in the Secure Folder, you can use separate accounts with each one.
Step 6: Access the Secure Folder
To access the newly created Secure Folder, look for an app called Secure Folder in your app list. You can also search for it in the search bar.
Tap on it and enter your PIN to gain access. You can also hide the Secure Folder app from the public.
Here’s how to hide Secure Folder from the app list:
- Open Settings.
- Go to Biometrics and Security.
- Tap on Secure Folder.
- Disable Show Icon on Apps Screen.
If you hide Secure Folder from your apps screen, you can access it from the quick panel.
Method #4: Third-Party Apps (Disguise Apps as System Apps)
There are plenty of third-party apps that can disguise apps as system apps. For example, changing the icon of Facebook to a Calculator and whatnot.
These aren’t the most secure options because they’re from third-party developers and may require special permissions. However, if you only want to hide one specific app from prying eyes, then these could do the trick.
The Bottom Line
There are plenty of ways to hide apps on Samsung phones. These methods can not only clear app clutter but also keep private apps out of reach.
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