Scroll to the bottom of the feature list and you will see the ‘Hide Apps’ option. Tap on it to open the Hide Apps menu.
In the Hide Apps menu, you will see a list of all the installed apps on the phone. Simply check the apps you want to hide here. The app will now be invisible from the app drawer.
You can also hide apps on Android phones in the free version of Nova launcher but it’s not worth the trouble. I suggest you try Microsoft Launcher. It is completely free and integrates with several other Microsoft apps like To-Do, Sticky Notes, and OneNote among others. Very productive, especially for those who are deep into the Microsoft ecosystem.
3. Nova Launcher (Free)
We highly recommend getting the paid version of Nova Launcher. But if you don’t want to spend money yet, you can hide apps in the free version of the Nova Launcher also with a caveat.
Install the Nova Launcher app. Once installed, go to the app drawer and scroll to the app you want to hide. For this instance, I want to hide Tinder. So long press on the app and you will get quick settings pop up. Tap on the Edit option and a dialogue box should pop up where you can rename the app, change the icon.
From the pop-up window, rename the Tinder app. I suggest you change the app name to something generic like Voice Recorder or Notepad.
Now after the name, we need to change the icon to match the name. To do that, tap on the icon.
Now, select an icon that matches the name you have kept. In my case, since I have named it as “Voice Recorder”, I will select a suitable icon.
Once the changes have been saved, you won’t find Tinder when you scroll through the app drawer. Instead, it is renamed as Voice Recorder with a different icon.
4. Apex Launcher
We have discussed ways to do it in Nova Launcher since it is the most popular launcher out there. But, if you feel you need to entirely hide apps in Android phones from search results and app drawer, you should try Apex Launcher. This launcher is based on privacy and hiding apps. You will find advanced privacy options apart from simply hiding the app.
Download and install the app from the Play Store. Long press on the home menu to access the Home Menu. Tap on the Setting to get to the Home Settings of the Launcher.
In the Home Settings of the Launcher, you have a separate section called Hidden Apps. Tap on it to access the menu.
In the Hidden Apps menu, you will find an empty list. To add the Tinder app to that list, tap on the Button “Add Hidden App” at the bottom of the screen.
From the installed apps list, scroll down to the bottom and select Tinder or any app which you want to hide. Once you have selected the app, tap on the “Hide 1 app” button.
You will further be prompted to enter Pattern or Password. Choose according to your preference. After the setup, you can see the app which you have to choose to hide can be seen on the Hidden Apps page.
You can also prevent the app from appearing in the search results. To do that, tap on the gear icon at the top right corner of the screen.
In the Settings Page, move the slider beside the text “Show in Search Results”. This will prevent the app from appearing in the search results.