Hide apps on android phone is a common condition that every users want to achieve on their phone. This is so because of some intruders, mainly when you handed them your phone. They start accessing various apps installed on your device, such as your bank apps, messaging apps, even some games.
With this kind of situation, your phone will become game station, most especially, if you have the latest games installed on your phone, such as soccer games, adventure games among others.
You can hand over your Android phone to them, while these apps will not access by them any more without your permission. That is why, you will be learning how to hide apps on android phone.
How To Hide Apps On Android Phone Without Third Party App
You can hide aapps on Android phone with or without the help of any third party. Whit the help of third party app, this simply means you will download another app on your Android phone to hide apps. On the other hand, with the help on in built app, you don’t need any third party before you can hide apps on your device.
By disabling any app from your device’s settings, you can actually prevent it from appearing in the app drawer. Here is how to:
Step 1 ====> Go to device Settings and locate the Apps tab or Apps and notification, this depends on your phone maker. This is where all the current apps on your phone will show up.
Step 2 ====> From the list of apps available; choose the app that you want to hide on your phone.
Step 3 ====> Tap on the app and, on the following screen, select the Disable option. The system will ask you a number of questions, agree with them to proceed.
This method is only good for a preloaded app or bloatware. Also, any app that you disable using this method will be restored to the factory version and you might have to update it before you can start using it again.
How To Hide Apps On Android Phone With A Third Party Apps
There are various apps available on Google play store that will let you to hide apps on Android phone. Among the numerous apps on Google play store, we shall be focusing on PrivacyHider.
PrivacyHider offers so many ways to protect yourself that you would be amazed by its capabilities. You can create a clone of any app, like Tinder, and delete the original app from your launcher. Now, Tinder lives and breathes inside PrivacyHider. Here are the steps to hide apps on Android phone using PrivacyHider.
Step 1 ====> Go to Google play store to download and install PrivacyHider. I assume you have already downloaded apps you want to hide, such as Tinder app.
Step 2 ====> Open PrivacyHider and click the + icon on the top right.
Step 3 ====> Select the app you want to clone. Allow PrivacyHider to will work its magic and when it is done, you will see a notification saying “The app has been created successfully”.
You can now either open the app or click on done to go back to cloning more apps like WhatsApp or Messenger so that you can login using multiple accounts! Cool.
Step 4 ====> Now, you will go back to your Android launcher, find Tinder app and uninstall it. You can also uninstall from the Settings menu. Tinder now resides inside PrivacyHider.
How to Hide PrivacyHider?
Now that you have hide you different apps on PrivacyHider, as well you can hide PrivacyHider itself. From my point of view, this will help you to protect PrivacyHider from any user.
Step 1 ====> Swipe from the left of your screen in PrivacyHider to access additional features. The first one is Protection for PrivacyHider, then click on it.
Step 2 ====> You will now see different options. Such as Dialer, Calculator, and Lock PrivacyHider. The last one will simply allow you to lock the app using pattern, fingerprint or security questions.
I am more interested in the first two, that is calculator and dialer. I am going with the calculator option, but you can choose any.
Step 3 ====> Enable the feature to launch the calculator mode. Enter your password here. Press “=” sign after entering the password. This works like the Enter key on your keyboard.
In the 2nd step, you will be asked to enter the password again, do the deed.
In the 3rd step, you will be asked to enter your recovery email id, do it.
Now, PrivacyHider itself is hidden. You cannot search for it by name because it is now a calculator, and a functioning one at that, so friends may use it all they want. Tinder is installed inside PrivacyHider so no one can search for it either.
The doors to the secret kingdom will only open when you enter a secret number and hit enter (=) immediately after.