Hiding and protecting apps March 16 2016, 0 Comments

Whether it’s a system app that you can’t uninstall, or just an app you’re embarrassed to be seen with, there are many reasons to want to hide an app from the app drawer. The problem, you can’t hide an app as easily as you would like, because there’s no option to do it by default.

How to hide apps from the app drawer?

For that, you will need a 3rd party home screen launcher such as Nova Launcher or GO Launcher. My personal favourite is Nova launcher as you can see in a previous discussion about android themes on our website.

Since that is the launcher I use, I’m going to explain the procedure to hiding apps with Nova Launcher:

  1. Download and install it from the Play Store
  2. Long-press on the home screen
  3. Select Settings
  4. Select App & widget drawers
  5. Scroll down to Hide apps
  6. Select which apps you would like to hide from the app drawer

Protecting apps

Hiding apps may sometimes not be enough, for extra security, the most effective method is to lock individual apps. This could be with the use of a passcode, password or pattern. Unfortunately, you can’t do that without a 3rd party app, and there are a few of those.

The simplest of these apps is App Locker which is a light and straightforward app that can lock any app. With it, you can set a pin, pattern or complex password on your Gallery, WhatsApp or any other app you wouldn’t want others to access.

For those of us who don’t like simplicity, try AppLock 2, it does what App Locker does and much more. Including locking system toggles, Play Store and even phone calls.

Of course, the latter which has more features will not be as swift as the former, and it might even drain your battery faster. So, select the one that caters to your needs, efficiency or features.

Disabling apps

If you absolutely wouldn’t want to download any 3rd party apps, this is the final option. It works on system apps that you can’t install and really don’t need.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Find Apps
  3. Select the app you would like to disable
  4. There should be an option to disable which you can select
  5. In case there isn’t, try the options above

That’s it! You have successfully protected your important apps from prying eyes.