Top 3 Ways to Hide Apps on Sam­sung Galaxy Phones

Parth Shah

Samsung’s One UI Android skin is popular among users due to the customization options on offer. One of them is the ability to hide irrelevant apps from the home screen and app drawer. You can hide apps using Secure Folder and Android launchers. Here are the top three ways to hide apps on Samsung Galaxy phones.

How to hide apps on samsung

The practice can be useful when you want to hide work apps at home. You won’t want to get disturbed by irrelevant notifications when playing with your little ones. Similarly, you can hide entertainment apps during your work hours at the office.

1. Use One UI Settings

Unlike Pixel launcher, you have a default option to hide apps on One UI. Here’s how to use it to hide apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Samsung phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Home screen.

Step 3: Tap on it, and open Hide apps from the following menu.

Open home screen
Hide apps menu

Step 4: You can search for the app using the search menu at the top or use the alphabetical order to jump to the app.

Step 5: As you select apps, you will see them at the top.

Step 6: Tap on Done and you are good to go.

Hide apps from one ui

If these steps are too much for you, you can long-press on the home screen and go to Settings to directly jump to the Home screen settings.

Unhide Apps from One UI

This time around, we will use the long-press trick to access home screen settings.

Step 1: Long-press on the home screen and go to Settings.

One ui settings

Step 2: From the Hide apps menu, tap on the – icon and remove apps from the Hidden apps list.

Hit done, and you will see the apps appearing on the home screen/app drawer.

Hide apps menu
Unhide apps on samsung

2. Use Samsung Secure Folder

As the name suggests, the Secure Folder on Samsung Galaxy phones offers a secure environment to store sensitive information. You can read about Secure Folder in detail from our dedicated post.

You can move apps from your Galaxy phone to Secure Folder, which is protected by Samsung Knox security. Here’s how to enable and use Secure Folder to hide apps on Galaxy phones.

By default, Samsung hides the Secure Folder from the app drawer. Let’s first enable it from the notification menu.

Step 1: Use the swipe-down gesture from the home screen and open the notification center.

Step 2: Find a Secure Folder from the list and enable it.

Enable secure folder

Step 3: You will find the Secure Folder shortcut on the home.

Step 4: Open the Secure Folder and tap on the + icon at the top.

Add apps to secure folder

Step 5: You can download the apps from Google Play Store or Galaxy App Store or select apps from your phone.

Step 6: Select apps that you want to hide and tap on Add at the bottom.

Hide apps from secure folder

You will see the added apps on the Secure Folder home screen. You can again go to the notification area and disable Secure Folder from the home screen.

The next time you want to access the app, enable Secure Folder from the notification area, access it through authentication, and use hidden apps.

3. Use Third-Party Launchers

If you are not a fan of the default One UI on the Samsung Galaxy phone, you can always opt for third-party launchers to change the look and feel of the phone.

One such launcher is the Nova launcher which received a huge overhaul recently. You can install it on your Galaxy phone and hide apps and perform other dozen tweaks.

Step 1: Download and install Nova launcher from the link below.

Step 2: Open the app set it as the default launcher on your Galaxy phone.

How to hide apps on samsung open nova launcher settings

Step 3: Go to the Nova Launcher setting by long-pressing the home screen.

Step 4: Go to the App Drawer > Hide apps and select apps you want to hide from the app drawer.

Open nova launcher app drawer
How to hide apps on samsung with launcher

From now on, you won’t be able to see the selected apps from the app drawer menu. You need to go to the same path to unhide apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Hide Irrelevant Apps on Samsung Galaxy Phones

With millions of apps available from the Google Play Store, it’s quite easy to fill the app drawer with unnecessary apps. Using the tricks above, you can easily hide the apps that you need to use once a month.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.