How To Hide Files, Photos, and Apps on Your Android Device

 Whatever the reason to hide content on your phone, there are plenty of options on how you can do it. This article will have a closer look at those tricks and methods suitable for Android and other Android-based operating systems to help you disguise sensitive information from prying eyes.

How to Hide Apps on Most Android Phones

It’s possible to hide various apps on any phone regardless of which brand you have. 

The first method is suitable for hiding the apps you don’t use and hiding the apps you do use but want no one to see them.

The second method is a lot more limited. It is only suitable for system apps which you can’t remove. But it requires less effort and won’t change the feel of your device like the first method.

Method 1. Try Nova Launcher

Many Android launchers enable you to hide apps in just a few steps. The one we suggest using is Nova Launcher as it offers plenty of features and is incredibly fast. The only issue is that you need to subscribe to the Prime version to get the job done, as the free version doesn’t allow hiding apps. 

To activate Nova Launcher on your device, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Install Nova Launcher Prime.
  2. Set it as a default launcher on your device.
  3. Open Settings within the app.
  4. Move to App drawer > Hide apps.
  5. Select the apps you want to hide.

Indeed, you can still use the apps even if they are hidden. Just open the app drawer, enter the app’s name in the search box, and launch it once it appears.

Method 2. Disable Apps in the Settings

You can hide apps from the app menu by disabling them, which means you can’t use them anymore. Besides, this method is only suitable for system apps — apps that are installed by the manufacturer on your device and can’t be removed. 
To disable an app, you should:
Move to the settings of your phone. 
Choose the “Apps & Notifications” option. 
Click “See All Apps.” 
Find the app you want to hide. 
Tap “Disable.” 
Remember that the exact path to these settings may slightly differ depending on your phone model and Android version.

How to Hide Apps on Phones Using Android-Based OS

Indeed, there are a few brands that designed their phones using an Android-based operating system. Though they may look quite similar to regular Android devices, they still have their unique features in terms of the technical side of the device. We won’t provide instructions for all Android-based phones on the market, but we will show you how to get the job done on OnePlus and Huawei devices.

OnePlus Phones

In order to hide apps on OnePlus, you need to find the Hidden Space feature on your phone. 
To access it, just follow the instructions below:
  1. Open up the app drawer.
  2. Swipe right to get to the Hidden Space folder.
  3. Click the “+” icon in the top-right corner.
  4. Choose the apps you want to hide.
  5. Tap the checkmark in the top-right corner.
You can also switch on a password/fingerprint protection to ensure you’re the only one who has access to the Hidden Space folder. To do so, tap three vertical dots in the top-right corner, choose “Enable password,” and then follow the instructions.


There you have it — now you can quickly hide sensitive photos, apps, and other files on your phone from prying eyes. All the tricks and methods described above are easy to apply no matter what Android device you are using (Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, Honor). 
OnePlus and Huawei owners are lucky to try their phones’ native tools. Don’t worry if your phone (or OS version) doesn’t have support for secure folders; there is a great variety of exciting third-party apps you can always turn to.

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