How to hide apps on Samsung Android 4.XX devices

January 21, 2013 by
Filed under: Android OS 

Now you see them, Now you don’t! All Android devices come with apps built in that you will never use, this is called bloatware. They just take up screen space but can not be deleted because they are in the OS. Well is you are running a Samsung device with Android 4.XX (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher then you have the option of hiding the apps icon so it does not take up space on your screen. This function is also useful if you have apps that you do not want other people getting into such as banking apps, PayPal etc. The apps will not be uninstalled just hidden from view. This is not a secure way to hide them just out of site.

To hide your apps just go into the apps screen that shows the ones to hide and tab the menu button. When your menu pops up press the hide applications link. As seen here.

Now you will have a screen showing the apps with a check box on the top right of each app. Tap the check box for each app that you want to hide and then tap the save button on the top right.

Now those apps will not show in your apps screen. To un-hide them go back to the apps page and again hit the menu button. When the menu comes up just scroll down one item below the screen and you will see the show hidden applications tab. Tap it and you will have a screen with all of your hidden apps, tap the select box on any that you want to unhide and tap the “done” button. They will be back where they were.

This new function can be very handy to either cleanup your app screens or to keep prying eyes out of things that they should not be getting into.

This function works on Samsung phones and tablets running Android 4.0 and higher.

Here is a video showing how to hide and unhide the apps.

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