Samsung runs on Android, but most of its phone models have features that other Android models don’t. One of them is hiding applications. Samsung has native features that let you do so. At the same time, Samsung phones allow us to lock apps to keep them safe from other users.
This article is dedicated to hiding apps on Samsung. If you use other phone models, see How to Find Hidden Apps on Android.
How can I hide an app on my Samsung phone?
You can either use the phone’s native method to hide an app or use a secure folder. If they are not available (you may be using an older model), you can disable applications or download third-party solutions.
How to make apps invisible on Samsung by hiding them?
Follow these steps to hide apps from the App Drawer (Menu) in a Samsung phone:
Step 1: Open your App Drawer and tap on the three dots to open the Home Screen Settings. You can find them on the top right corner of your screen.
Step 1.1: Opening the Home Screen Settings is also possible by tapping on the home button a few times. You will see the Home Screen Settings on the bottom right.
Step 2: Scroll until you see Hide Apps. Select the apps you want to hide and tap on Apply.
Done. Now the apps you have chosen to hide will not be visible on the App Drawer.
How to disable apps on Samsung?
Disabling an application does two things. First, it prevents the app from showing up in the App Drawer. It also stops the app from running any processes in the background, therefore freeing up system resources.
Here are the steps to disable an app:
Step 1: Launch Settings.
Step 2: Tap on Apps (Apps & Notifications).
Step 3: Open All Apps (Application Manager).
Step 4: Select the app you want to disable and tap on Disable App.
You may also be interested in this: How to Stop Apps from Running in the Background for every OS.
How do you find hidden apps on Samsung?
It is simple. Remember the name of the app you hid, and type the name on the search box (located at the top of the screen on the App Drawer).
If you have disabled an application, just follow the same Settings path that you used to disable it and tap on Enable. Your app will show again, and you will be able to use it like before.
How to use the Samsung Secure Folder to hide an app?
Samsung’s secure folder is a more solid method of hiding applications through an additional layer of authentication apart from the phone’s passcode. You can place your applications into a secure folder and lock the folder with a passcode, which can be a pattern, PIN or fingerprint unlock.
A secure folder appears in the App Drawer, but it is impossible to see what’s inside without the passcode.
Follow these steps to enable Secure Folder on your Samsung phone:
Step 1: Launch Settings.
Step 2: Tap on Lock Screen and Security. The screen may also say Biometrics and Security if your phone has a fingerprint unlock.
Step 3: Scroll down until you see the Secure Folder. Enable it. You will be prompted to set a passcode.
The secure folder will now appear on your App Drawer. To add applications, open the folder and tap on Add Applications.
Tip: Got to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Secure Folder and uncheck the Show Secure Folder to hide it from the drawer. To show it, go to the Search tab and type “secure folder”.
We have another article where we talked about locking apps on different Android phones: How to Lock Apps on Android
Hiding apps on Samsung by downloading third-party apps
Apps like App vault, or AppLock on the Google Play Store can hide applications and secure them with a passcode just like the Samsung Secure Folder. Some of them like Calculator Vault can even camouflage themselves – making people believe that they are other apps, but at the same time, working like a vault.
Conclusion: Samsung phones are very convenient when it comes to hiding apps. You can choose to make them invisible from the App Drawer or keep them locked in a Secure Folder. If none of them works for you, you can temporarily disable the app or download third-party app lockers.