In this article, I would like to explain how you can hid apps on your Android or iOS phone, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or apps for meeting up like Tinder.
Today I can explain how to hide any app (even messaging apps) on your phone. I get to to avoid any more of the terrible 5 minutes I spent today where my girlfriend had my phone.
You have no idea how unbelievably scary that was.
In truth, I think I would have rather gone to some secluded mountain cabin for dinner with Jack the Ripper – he would’ve killed me, sure, but he wouldn’t have checked to see what apps I have on my phone first.
Here’s the funny thing – I’m not even cheating on her. (I swear honey, if you are reading this I’m not)
The problem is, besides having apps on my phone that might indicate or throw up red flags about an affair (Tinder, Line, etc.) I have some conversations that I have with my friends that uh, I would prefer my girlfriend didn’t read.
Fortunately, I have found a solution for hiding these apps.
It is an affordable option for anyone, no matter what device they need to use it on.
Ready to begin?
Take five minutes of your free time and read on to learn about the best method I have found to hide apps on Android and iOS. I have laid it out with clear and concise instructions.
There is little left for me to do rather than wish you good luck with reading it.
Hiding Apps On an Android Device
If you want to hide an application on an Android smartphone, I have two options that you can try:
- Rooting your device – Don’t take this possibility if you are not technologically able to do it alone.
- Use an Alternative Launcher – Ordinary app that replaces your Android home screen and let’s you choose which apps to show and not show.
As I have told you, if you have a Huawei, a OnePlus, or another Android smartphone, you will need the alternative launcher. The move used launcher in the world is called Nova Launcher, and you can download it directly from Google Play.
There are two versions of this software: free (limited functions) and a paid version (around $4).
The one to hide apps from mobile phones, alas, is a paid one. But if, as I assume, you have something that you want to hide (a lover, incriminating conversations, dating apps, etc.) believe me it is the best $4 you have ever spent.
Installing it is very simple, but to avoid any confusion, I can show you this procedure step by step.
Hiding Apps on Android with Nova Launcher
The first thing that you need to do is download the app, which I would start with the free version for a couple of days to test the waters.
If you urgently need to hide something, than you can download the free version and then immediately after the download completes, open Nova Launcher. Download (always from Google Play) the Nova Prime package.
Now, you just need to set Nova Launcher as the default launcher for your phone.
Doing this is simple, just go to Settings > Home Page and put the tick next to Nova Launcher.
Go to Android Home and access the Nova Launcher settings by holding your finger on the screen for a few seconds and selecting the Settings icon that appears.
In the screen that opens, press Apps Menu entry, and select Hide App. Put a tick next to the icons of apps you want to hide from your phone.
When you are done, press the arrow on the top left and go back to the home screen and verify that these apps have disappeared.
If you have second thoughts, you can always restore apps by going back to the Apps Menu and selecting Hide App. Now you are just removing the ticks from the hidden apps that you want to reappear.
Seem pretty easy?
Many launchers allow you to hide apps, but Nova is among the most stable and most downloaded the world over.
But I can offer an alternative.
Another popular option out there allowing you to hide apps for free is Apex Launcher. Go to Settings > Drawer Settings > Hidden Apps and you can check which applications you want to make invisible from your application drawer.
This is a valid application and alternative – but it is not as safe as Nova Launcher. The choice is yours, of course.
Hiding Applications with Samsung Phones
As I mentioned earlier, you can hide an app on Samsung without needing to use an alternative launcher application. It is much simpler.
Let me keep this short:
- Go to Settings
- Then Display
- Home Screen
- Hide Apps and select which apps you want to keep hidden
Hiding Apps on an iPhone (Update iOS 13)
Now, let’s take a look at what you need to do on iPhone.
How many times in your life have you heard that Android is better than iOS because it is an open system?
Well, in truth, for this matter that is the case.
There is no ‘internal’ way to access the iOS system and hide apps, but I’ll tell you more. There are no external apps – at least to date – that can hide apps from an iPhone, either.
I know you are cursing Apple products and its founders at the moment, and I understand. (Steve Jobs is turning in his grave, no doubt)
Luckily, there are ‘palliative’ solutions, instead.
- Take advantage of parental control functions which can block access to specific apps.
- Create a folder with many apps, where apps you are trying to hide might get lost in the shuffle.
- Jailbreak your iPhone. This is the most effective, but it is also very complicated. You should be a tech-head or you could seriously put your iPhone at risk. It continues to be in danger once you successfully jailbreak, so I strongly advise against this option.
Oh, yeah! You can also use a native iOS feature.
Let me show you how to take advantage of parental control features that are ‘standard’ in iOS beginning in version 12. You can block access to apps.
Here is how you do it:
- Go to Settings of iOS by taping the gray icon with the gears. You are then going to select the option Screen Time.
- Then, tap on the option Use Screen Time Passcode and set a PIN to block access to these listed applications.
- Once you complete this step, go to App Limits, retype your new PIN and press the Add Usage Limit and select the app category you want to block. For
- example, Social Network limits WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. Games block access to games. Creativity blocks access to the Photos app and other related photography apps.
- Click on Next (located in the top right) to set a usage limit for apps at 0 hours and 1 minute. This is the minimum available. Press Add.
- Now, start one of the apps that you have blocked and run it for 1 minute: this will trigger iOS to lock it – so now it can only get used by entering a PIN.
There are limitations of this system, namely, that the apps are not hidden from the phone. It is, however, impossible to access their content without a code.
If you want to disable the block, you need to reverse the process by going to Settings > Usage Time > Always Allowed and select the apps that you now want unrestricted access for.
On the other hand, if you want to completely revoke any app blocks, go to Settings > Usage Time > App Limits > Social Networks and press on the Delete Limit button.
Alternative Option: Folder With Many Applications
Yet another possibility is creating a folder and stuffing it full of applications. Insert the app icons you hope to hide inside of this folder.
This way, icons are not exactly hidden put are placed in such a way that it is tedious to find by a nosey friend or curious partner in the limited time available.
This is not the safest method, but for now it is one of the most effective available options.
Jailbreaking Your iPhone
As I mentioned earlier, the most effective means of hiding apps on your iPhone is to jailbreak it.
I am warning you that those without good technology skills cannot accomplish this.
I can refer you to a guide written by computer professionals, but be careful, because the pitfalls of this system are many.
I feel like you could be interested in an article we have written, as well. Check out: How to Not Get Caught Cheating on WhatsApp.
If you have found a solution other than what I have mentioned here, for either iPhones or Android, share it with me and the community reading these posts by adding it to the comment section below.