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3 Ways to Hide Apps on Android Without Root

Hide Apps on Android Without Root: App locks are great to prevent people from accessing your apps and other personal data but have you ever felt the need to hide the apps altogether? There may occur situations when you have apps that you don’t want your parents or friends to find on your phone. Some smartphones nowadays come with built-in app hiding features but you can use a third-party app for the same purpose if your phone doesn’t have that built-in feature. Read this article to find out how you can hide apps on any Android device and that too, without having to root your phone. So, here are a few apps that can solve this purpose for you.

Hide Apps on Android Without Root

3 Ways to Hide Apps on Android Without Root

NOVA LAUNCHER

Nova Launcher is a very useful launcher which you can download from Play Store. Nova Launcher basically replaces your original home screen with your customized screen, allowing you to hide certain apps on your device. It has both, a free version and a prime version which is paid. We will talk about both of these.

FREE VERSION

This version has an ingenious way of preventing people from knowing that you use a particular app. It does not actually hide the app from the app drawer, instead, it renames it in the app drawer so that no one can identify it. To use this app,

1.Install Nova Launcher from Play Store.

2.Restart your phone and select Nova Launcher as your Home app.

3.Now go to the app drawer and long press on the app that you want to hide.

Long press on the app that you want to hide & tap on Edit

4.Tap on the ‘Edit’ option from the list.

5.Type a new app label that you want to use as the name for this app from now on. Type a common name that won’t grab much attention.

Type a new app label that you want to use

6.Also, tap on the icon to change it.

7.Now, tap on ‘Built-in’ to choose an app icon from those already existing on your phone or tap on ‘Gallery apps’ to select an image.

Tap on Built-in or Gallery apps to select an app icon

8.Once you are done, tap on ‘Done’.

9.Now your app’s identity has been changed and no-one can find it. Note that even if someone searches for the app by its old name, it won’t appear in the search results. So you are good to go.

Hide Apps on Android with Nova Launcher Free Version

PRIME VERSION

If you want to actually hide apps on Android without root (instead of renaming) then you can buy the pro version of Nova Launcher.

1.Install Nova Launcher Prime version from Play Store.

2.Restart your phone and allow any required permissions.

3.Go to the app drawer and open Nova Settings.

4.Tap on ‘App and widget drawers’.

Tap on App and widget drawers under Nova Settings

5.At the bottom of the screen, you will find an option for ‘Hide apps’ under the ‘Drawer groups’ section.

Tap on Hide apps under the Drawer groups

6.Tap on this option to select one or more apps that you want to hide.

Tap on this option to select one or more apps that you want to hide

7.Now you hidden app(s) will not be visible in the app drawer.

This is the easiest way using which you can Hide Apps on Android Without Root, but if some reason this doesn’t work for you or you doesn’t like the interface then you can try the Apex Launcher to hide apps.

APEX LAUNCHER

1.Install Apex Launcher from Play Store.

2.Launch the app and configure all customizations needed.

Launch the app and configure all customizations needed      Hide Apps using Apex Launcher

3.Select Apex Launcher as your Home app.

4.Now, tap on ‘Apex settings’ on the home screen.

Now, tap on ‘Apex settings’ on the home screen

5.Tap on ‘Hidden Apps’.

Tap on Hidden Apps in Apex Launcher

6.Tap on ‘Add hidden apps’ button.

7.Select one or more apps that you want to hide.

Select one or more apps that you want to hide

8.Tap on ‘Hide App’.

9.Your app will be hidden from the app drawer.

10.Note that if someone searches for that app, it will not appear in the search results.

If someone searches for that app, it will not appear in the search results

So using Apex Launcher you can easily hide apps on your Android device, but if you don’t want to use any type of launcher then you can use another app called Calculator Vault to hide apps.

CALCULATOR VAULT: APP HIDER – HIDE APPS

This is yet another extremely useful application to hide apps on Android without rooting the phone. Note that this app is not a launcher. The Calculator Vault is an easy to use app and what it does is really amazing. Now, this app hides your apps by cloning them into its own vault so that you can delete the original app from your device. The app you want to hide will now stay in the vault. Not just that, this app is also capable of hiding itself (You wouldn’t want someone to find out you are using app hider, would you?). So what it does is that this app appears in your default launcher as a ‘Calculator’ app. When someone opens the app, all they see is a calculator, which is actually a fully functional calculator. However, on pressing a particular set of keys (your password), you will be able to go to the actual app. To use this app,

1.Install Calculator Vault from Play Store.

2.Launch the app.

3.You will be asked to enter a 4 digit password for the app.

Enter a 4 digit password for the Calculator Vault app

4.Once you type the password, you will be taken to a calculator like a screen where you have to enter the password which you have set in the previous step. Every time you want to access this app, you will have to type in this password.

Every time you want to access this app, you will have to type in this password

5.From here you will be taken to App Hider vault.

6.Click on Import Apps button.

Click on Import Apps button

7.You will be able to see the list of apps on your device sorted alphabetically.

8.Select one or more apps you want to hide.

9.Click on ‘Import Apps’.

10.The app will be added to this vault. You will be able to access the app from here. Now, you can delete the original app from your device.

The app will be added to this vault. You will be able to access the app from here

11.That’s it. Your app is now hidden and protected from outsiders.

12.Using these apps, you can easily hide your private stuff from anyone.

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I hope this article was helpful and you can now easily Hide Apps on Android Without Root, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

2 thoughts on “3 Ways to Hide Apps on Android Without Root”

  1. I have found your article very informative and interesting. I appreciate your points of view and I agree with so many. You’ve done a great job with making this clear enough for anyone to understand.

  2. I can’t hide instagram….. Or any other app in Calculator… Occured error optimized apk failed……. What should I do?

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