There are lots of launcher apps in the Google Play Store. Choosing the right launcher app is up to our preference. The launcher should resonate with us and offer the features we need. An important feature that many need is the ability to hide apps without disabling them. Therefore, we carefully selected 6 free launchers that can hide apps on Android phone or tablet.
Whether you are trying to hide dating or social networking apps on your Android phone, the list mentioned below works on all Android phones like Samsung, Huawei, Google Pixel, OnePlus and more.
Let’s take a look at the launchers that offer the option to hide apps for free.
1. Poco Launcher
When you think of Xiaomi, it is the MIUI launcher that comes to mind. However, Xiaomi has another launcher to its credit. It is available for all Android phones known as POCO Launcher. It doesn’t matter if you have a Samsung, OnePlus, Pixel or Mi phone, POCO Launcher works on all phones unlike MIUI Launcher.
Open launcher settings to hide apps using this launcher. To do this, touch and hold a space on the home screen. Tap on Settings and then More.
Scroll down and enable the toggle next to Hide app icons. This is a one-time step.
Now, open the app drawer of POCO Launcher by swiping up on the home screen. Then, swipe right twice from the left edge.
You will see the hide apps screen. Tap on Set Password to lock your apps.
When done, tap on Add app. Select the apps you want to hide. Tap the check icon at the top to confirm.
You will see that the icons are now hidden from your phone. Swipe twice from the left edge of the app drawer again to open hidden apps or show or hide more apps.
Apart from hiding apps, you can customize the layout, enable notification badges (number and dots), use dark mode, and create folders. It also comes with smart categories feature where apps are automatically grouped into their own categories. You also get the unique feature of organizing apps by color.
Learn more about the app by checking out POCO Launcher tips and tricks. If you like it, you should also check out how it stacks up against the popular Nova Launcher.
2. Evie Launcher
Evie Launcher is known for its great search feature among other cool features. One of them is the ability to hide apps. It offers great competition to popular launchers like Nova and Action.
Open launcher settings to hide apps in Evie Launcher. To do this, tap and hold an empty area on the home screen. Tap on Settings. Scroll down and tap on Hide apps. Select the apps you want to hide by checking the box next to them. You can even hide apps from Evie search by turning on the toggle in settings.
To use apps, you need to show them by repeating the steps above and then unchecking the box. Other Evie Launcher features include notification badges, gestures, changing icon packs, hiding the dock, and more.
3. Microsoft Launcher
Another great launcher that lets you hide apps on your Android phone is from the house of Microsoft. It competes well with the also customizable Nova Launcher, known as Microsoft Launcher.
To hide apps using Microsoft Launcher, tap and hold an empty area on the home screen and select Launcher Settings. Go to the Home Screen.
Tap on Hidden apps. Next, tap on Hide apps and select apps to make them invisible.
To show apps, repeat the steps and tap Show next to the app. The launcher provides more features related to hidden apps. These include adding a password and enabling apps in the dock. To access these settings, tap the settings icon at the top of the Hidden apps screen. Similar to Evie Launcher, you can also hide apps from search results.
Fly: Check out interesting settings, tips and tricks for Microsoft Launcher.
4. Lawn Chair 2
If you are looking for Pixel Launcher alternatives that come with hide apps option, you should check out Lawnchair Launcher. Pixel Launcher loaded with loads of great features. As for hiding apps from this launcher, you have to open its settings. For this, tap and hold the home screen and select Home Settings. Go to the drawer.
Tap Hidden App Shortcuts. Select the apps you want to hide
The launcher does not provide any special option to hide or show hidden apps from search but apps are hidden from search by default. However, if the icon is added to the home screen, it will not be deleted. So you have to remove it manually.
Lawnchair offers features like drawer, icon and label customization, gestures, widget at a glance, and more. Lawnchair is one of the very few launcher apps that supports Google Feed. You should check its comparison with a Lean launcher that can also help you hide apps.
5. CPL Launcher
Another customizable and powerful launcher is CPL (Customized Pixel Launcher). Open launcher settings from home screen to hide apps using it. Tap on All apps. Scroll down and tap on Hide apps. Select the apps you want to hide.
You can also hide or show apps by pressing and holding an app icon. Next, select the Hide app option.
Other features include themes, at-a-glance widget, multiple customizations for home screen and app drawer, folders, and more. It even supports gestures and shortcuts. You should also check out Pear Launcher.
6. U Launcher
If you want a launcher that offers some different customizations like HD daily wallpapers, live wallpapers, themes, live effects on home screen, emojis and so on, you should check out U Launcher.
To hide apps using U launcher, use pinch gesture on home screen to open hidden apps menu. Set a password and use the add app icon at the top to hide apps. Use the pinch gesture again to view or unhide apps.
U Launcher also comes in lite version in case you don’t like the main app. If you want an app that offers similar customizations along with the power to hide apps, check out the APUS launcher.
Freemium Launchers with Hide Apps Option
All the above mentioned launchers are free with no paid features. Some other great launchers also allow you to hide apps but you have to buy their full version or other common features are paid. These launchers include:
- Apex Launcher Classic – Hide apps available in free version but some other features are paid.
- Hyperion Launcher – Hide apps is free, but features like gestures are paid.
- Apex Launcher – Paid feature.
- Action Launcher – Paid feature.
- Nova Launcher – Paid feature.
What Happens When You Hide Apps On Android?
To hide an app, simply remove the app icon from your phone. It does not uninstall the app or delete your data in the app.
Usually the app is hidden from the app drawer which only shows all installed apps. If you have added the app icon to the home screen, in some cases you have to manually remove it from the home screen. Once hidden, you won’t be able to see the app either in the app drawer or on the home screen.
Be careful, hiding an app doesn’t stop its notifications. You will continue to receive notifications from the hidden app. In a nutshell, only the app icon is hidden so no one can see it’s installed on your phone.
Not Everything Is Hidden
Although the above launchers help you hide apps on Android, they are only hidden from the app drawer. If you go to Settings > Apps, you can still see hidden apps. As of now, there is no way to uninstall apps from the Apps section in Settings without uninstalling the app.
However, hardly anyone checks this section to see installed apps. That’s why launcher apps are a great way to hide apps on Android phones.
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