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How to Hide / Unhide Apps on Samsung Phones and Tablets

You might want to sort your apps with a color pattern or something else but some apps ruin your plans or you may hide an app from your home or apps screen because it stores some sensitive information, if it is so, it is not hard to hide or unhide apps on your Samsung phone or tablet. Hidden apps are not uninstalled from your device, but they are just hidden until you unhide them. For that reason, you can achieve the data within the app any time you want and you do not have to uninstall the app and install it again and again. 

Below we will provide you three different ways to hide any app on your Samsung phone or tablet and at the very end of the post we will show how to reverse it, that is to say how to unhide any app on your Samsung device.

All of the checking screen time options are available for some Samsung phones and tablets which can be exemplified by the A Series (A70, A71, A50, A51, A90), S Series (S9, S9+, S10, S10E, S10 Plus, S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE, S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, S23, S23+, S23 Ultra), Note Series (Note 9, Note 10, Note 10+, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra), Z Series (Z Fold, Z Flip, Z Fold2, Z Flip 3, Z Fold3, Z Flip4, Z Fold4), Tab Series (Tab S4, Tab Active Pro, Tab S5E, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7, Tab S7+, Tab A8, Tab S8, Tab S8+). However, some of them might not be available for the older versions of Samsung. 


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How to Hide Apps on Apps Screen with the Help of Search Box

Provided that you are using your Samsung phone or tablet's display as "Show Both the Home Screen and the Apps Screen", we will first demonstrate how to hide apps on Samsung on Apps Screen, then we will provide the same on the Home Screen.

For the ones who are not familiar with either the home screen or the apps screen, it is better to provide a simple definition for both. On the one hand, the home screen is the screen you will see after you unlock your Samsung device and if it is not set as "show both the home screen and the apps screen" from the settings, you can only see all of your apps on Samsung from the home screen. On the other hand, the apps screen is the screen that you will see after you swipe up on the home screen. As it is aforementioned, you should set the display as "show both the home and apps screen" from the settings to see the apps screen. 

Back to the real point, first things first, you should open Apps Screen on your Samsung device by swiping up once on the home screen

At the top of the Apps Screen, you should see a search box. You can search for "Hide Apps" from there but we will show another way which is tapping on the three vertical dots  within the search box and on the right. Do not hesitate to look at the picture below to see what it looks like.


Three Vertical Dots within Search Box on Apps Screen Picture

Once you tap on it, you should see three menu options to click. What we are looking for is Settings


Settings Menu Picture

When Settings is tapped on, the next page will show you Home Screen Settings on your Samsung device. By swiping down on the current screen, find Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screen and tap on it.


Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screen Menu Picture

After that, you will see all of your apps and hidden apps, if there are any, on your Samsung device. As the name suggests, the Hidden Apps heading demonstrates all the hidden apps on your Samsung device and the All Apps heading demonstrates all the available apps on your Samsung device.

In order to hide a particular app either swipe down to find the app or search for it with the help of the search box at the top of the page.


Hidden and All Apps Picture

Once you find it, tap on it to add the Hidden Apps Panel. You should both see the app on the Hidden Apps panel above and see a green tick on the top left of the app.

Ultimately, tap on Done from below to complete


Example for App Selected as Hidden Picture

How to Hide Apps on the Home Screen

Under this title, we will provide information about how to hide apps on Samsung on the Home Screen for the ones who only use the home screen to show all their apps on Samsung devices and cannot reach the Apps Screen. However, since the ones who use "Show Both Home and Apps Screen" can reach both screens, they can also read the following lines to learn a different way to hide apps on Samsung. This particular one might come easier than the other options. Without further ado, we can back to the real point.

In order to hide apps on Home Screen, unlock your Samsung device and stay right there, in other words on the first screen when you unlock your Samsung phone


A Home Screen Picture on Samsung

After that tap on and hold on any place on your Home Screen until you see a panel as it is shown in the picture below.

You should tap on Settings from below


Settings on Home Screen Panel Picture

On the next page, you will see Home Screen Settings. There are dozens of different settings you can set for your Samsung device, however, what we care about is hiding apps on the home and apps screen. Like what we are looking for, the menu is also called Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screen. Just swipe down a bit until you find the relevant place and tap on it at once.


Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screen Menu Picture

After that, you will see all of your apps and hidden apps on your Samsung device. As the name suggests, the Hidden Apps heading demonstrates all the hidden apps on your Samsung device and the All Apps heading demonstrates all the available apps on your Samsung device.

In order to hide a particular app either swipe down to find the app or search for it with the help of the search box at the top of the page.


Hidden and All Apps Panel Picture

Once you find it, tap on it to add the Hidden Apps Panel. You should both see the app on the Hidden Apps panel above and see a green tick on the top left of the app.

Ultimately, tap on Done from below to complete. 


Example for a Hidden App Picture


In case you want to uninstall apps on your Samsung phone or tablet, you might be interested in: "How to Uninstall (Delete) Apps on Samsung Phones and Tablets".

How to Hide Apps on Samsung from Settings 

Even though in all of the options above we somehow demonstrate how to hide apps on Settings, this time we will provide how to hide apps on Samsung directly from Settings. You might say there is no difference but actually, there are some.

In the first place to hide an app on Samsung, you should find and tap on Settings either from Home or Apps Screen. If you are not familiar with how Settings looks like, you might have a look at the picture below.


Settings on Apps Screen Picture

In Settings, swipe down a bit until you find the Home Screen menu that consists of layout, app icon badges, and other many more subheadings. Once you find it, there is no need to wait but tap on it.


Home Screen Menu in Settings Picture


Alternatively,

  1. Tap on Search Box from the top of Settings.
  2. Search for Hide Apps.
  3. Tap on the first relevant search result under the Home Screen heading.

On the next page, you will see all of the Home Screen Settings for your Samsung phone or tablet. In the menu, find and tap on Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screen.


Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screen Menu Picture

After that, you will see all of your apps and hidden apps on your Samsung device. As the name suggests, the Hidden Apps heading demonstrates all the hidden apps on your Samsung device and the All Apps heading demonstrates all the available apps on your Samsung device.

In order to hide a particular app either swipe down to find the app or search for it with the help of the search box at the top of the page.


Hidden and All Apps on Samsung Picture

Once you find it, tap on it to add the Hidden Apps Panel. You should both see the app on the Hidden Apps panel above and see a green tick on the top left of the app.

Ultimately, tap on Done from below to complete. 


Example for a Hidden App on Samsung Picture

How to Unhide Apps on Samsung

When you hide an app from your Samsung device, it will not be deleted but removed from the home and app screen. Reversing the action is as simple as hiding an app on Samsung.

  1. As a beginning, find the Home Screen Settings from the Settings by following the steps of any three options above
    1. For example Open Apps Screen > Tap on three-vertical-dots  within Search Box > Tap Settings > Scroll down a little bit and tap "Hide Apps on Home and Apps Screens".
  2. On the Hidden and All Apps Panel, find the app you want to unhide and tap on .
  3. Finally, tap on Done to save the changes. 

How to Unhide an App Example Picture

Conclusion

With all of the options above, you can hide any app on your Samsung device, and with the option at the end of the post, you can unhide any app on your Samsung device. We have provided all the possible options for both home screen and app screen users. As long as you follow the steps in the correct order, from now on you can hide or unhide any app on your Samsung phone or tablet when it is necessary.

In case you face a problem when you try to hide or unhide an app on a Samsung device, you can freely leave a comment below. In this way, we can provide you some solutions to your answer as long as we have the knowledge on the topic. Do not worry, in other cases, we can provide some community articles for you to examine and solve the problem you try to tackle.

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