Why is it important to Hide Apps on your Android phone?
For one, hiding your app is a way of protecting your privacy and safety. You do not want everyone to have access to your apps. This is the major reasons why most people keep their apps away from others by hiding them. Let’s be sincere, you do not want your friends, partner or spouse, parents and other loved ones to know that you have a particular kind of app on your phone — Is it Tinder? Baddoo? Grindr? — They simply do not have to know.
The second reason why others may choose to hide their apps on their android phones is to safeguard their personal information which may put them at risk if exposed to some unscrupulous individuals. For instance, many bank details, trade secrets, ideas and intellectual properties have been stolen when android phones get missing. This can happen to anyone. It calls for proactiveness and forethought. What better way of preventing this unfortunate eventuality than hiding your app on your android phone?
A lot of android devices have been known to have bloatware. This bloatware is known to slow down phones and cause them not to work to their full capacity. It can slow down the speed of your application and mess up your phone workability. Hiding these bloatware-ridden apps will improve your phone speed and improve user experience.
How to Hide Apps on Android using phone settings
So, it is noteworthy to understand that there is no ‘built-in’ method of hiding apps on your android device. But not to worry, there are other methods of hiding your apps with your phone. Though quite difficult, it is possible. This method doesn’t hide your app but disables them. It works better for bloatware because it stops the app from messing up your phone speed.
Here’s how to disable an app from your phone:
Go to settings
Tap on app
Tap on whichever app you like to disable
You will have access to a page that will show the app information
If a confirmation message pop up, tap ‘disable’ once more to approve the procedure.
You will notice the app will not be available for use on your phone menu.
How to Hide Apps on Android using Third-party apps
Third-party apps can be gotten from Google play store and can be used to hide any app you want on your android phone.
They come in different types and functionalities. There are some which can disguise and come with a secondary function, which may be fake or authentic, like the Calculator Vault. What this kind of app does is that if someone has access to your phone, it will fool the person with its secondary role, while primarily hiding your app.
You can also use launchers like Ap 15 launcher or Apex Launcher, which has a ‘hide app’ feature, some of them allow users to seamlessly hide their folders and app while others will need users to set a password before hiding apps. Also, some app vaults are available on play store. App vaults are solely for hiding apps and do not come with secondary functionality or dummy feature. They allow you to restrict access to whichever app you hide by setting a pin code or password.