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How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

If you frequently face a problem while giving your smartphone to someone else. As your Android phone contains sensitive emails, images, documents, or other files that you do not want to be accessed by others. Sometime it may be possible that your smartphone gets lost or stolen. So, therefore, you want to hide your all sensitive (personal) information and apps in your Android device to secure your personal data.

Hiding the apps and documents in your phone is a great way to secure your personal information and activities that you perform on the apps.

How to Hide Apps on Android

There is no built-in application available in Android devices that hide your apps. However, this doesn't mean you do not have any option. The way through which you hide your app doesn't really hide. You can disable them from your device Settings to hide from the App Drawer and stop them from utilizing system resources. To disable an app in your smartphone, follow the below steps:

  1. Launch your device Settings
  2. Visit Apps and tap on an app that you want to disable.
  3. On the App Info page, click on the Disable
  4. A confirmation message prompts, if you sure about disabling an app, click Disable.
  5. The app goes disabled and doesn't visible in your App Drawer.

How to hide an app on Android using third-party apps

If your Android device doesn't allow to hide apps in the device, you can use a third-party application. There are several apps available in the market that hides your apps. Nova Launcher is one of them. Nova Launcher provides a facility to hide apps with a simple option.

Hide apps using Nova Launcher

Download Nova Launcher from Google Play Store and install it on your phone.

  1. Open app drawer.
  2. Go to Nova Settings.
  3. Find the app & widget drawer and tap on Hide Apps.
  4. In the Hide Apps page, select the apps that you want to hide. And the chosen apps don't show in the apps drawer.
How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

To make the applications reappear once again, simply visit the same menu location and unchecked the desired app.

Hide apps using Apex Launcher

How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

Apex Launcher is another great app that provides an option to hide Android apps from the device. You don't need to go for its paid version to access its feature. Download and install the Apex Launcher from Google Play Store. Launch the application and go to Settings > Drawer Settings > Hidden apps to control, which are visible in your app drawer. In the Hidden apps screen, check the apps which you want to hide on your Android phone and tap on SAVE.

How to hide apps on stock Android

The simplest method to hide your apps and documents by creating a guest account while giving your Android smartphone to someone other's hand. You need to create a guest account from the Settings menu. Go to System > Advance > Multiple users to access the menu. Once the setup completes, you can easily switch from your main account to the guest account and vice-versa from drop-down menu. The guest user feels the experience of newly buying phones. The guest account only accesses the pre-installed apps, which are displayed on the app drawer, and nothing is signed in. You can also allow a guest to make a call or not.

How to hide Photos on Android

Using file hide expert, you can easily hide any files that you can imagine in your Android phone. However, it is not a good way to hide your photos. You may use an application called KeepSafe for it.

How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

KeepSafe is one of the most popular and widely used apps for privacy. It creates a digital box on your phone where you can put anything which you don't want to show anyone else. You need to create a PIN to access your app, and it will keep all your personal (sensitive) files at one location. The app also offers to back up your private files to the cloud, if you are comfortable about it. Using this cloud back up facility, you can recover your photos if the device gets lost or damaged.

KeepSafe is absolutely free to download, but its premium version contains some extra attractive features such as a modern PIN theme, a "Break-in Alert" that uses the logs failed access attempts so that you can see someone trying to access your private files.

How to hide files on Android

There are several Android apps available at Google Play Store that provides facility to hide your files on Android phone. One of them is File Hide Expert, which is an excellent app for this. This app is free and allows you to hide and unhide any file on your phone easily. When you open this app after just installation, you will receive a message showing that the hidden file list is empty. Click on the folder icon available at the top-right of the screen to hide files.

How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

This app performs as a basic file management app. Browse your file which you want to hide, check it off then click back button for the main screen.

How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

At this screen, tap on the "Hide All" button to hide your selected files. These hidden files do not appear in any other file manager or galleries. To unhide them once again, open the File Hide Expert app again and tap on "Restore All".

How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

The above process hardly secures your files. Anyone can open your File Hide Expert app and access your files that you don't want to share it with anyone. An excellent way to hide your files by using File Hide Expert's password features.

How to hide apps, files, and photos on Android

Tap on the Menu button and go to Settings. First of all, you need to enable a password option. Check the box, and it prompts you to enter a password to use. Remember the password which you entered because it will require every time you boot up File Hide Expert.

Note: The best way to protect your files, photos, and apps from unauthorized access, make sure that your phone should not on the hand of unauthorized people. Use a secure lock screen on your device. Always keep your sensitive data to a non-mobile device.

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