Skip to main content

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Hide or Show Hidden Apps in the Applications Menu

If you didn't add the app icon in the Home screen, you can access the app from the applications menu where all installed apps are displayed. In here, you can do another things aside from accessing the app, such as: create new folder, uninstall apps, access app info, etc.

See also: How to Edit Applications Menu in the Samsung Galaxy S4

In certain case, you may want to not display some apps in the apps menu without having to uninstall them in order to keep them running in the phone but don't want anybody know. Luckily, this phone has the option which will allow you do so easily.



How to hide apps in the applications menu?
Below are the steps to do so:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Tap the Menu key then select Hide applications.
  3. You'll see the checkbox appears in each app.
  4. Tick the checkbox in the desired apps you wish to hide from the apps menu.
  5. Tap Done button.
  6. The selected apps will not be displayed in the apps menu.

How to show hidden apps in the applications menu?
For any reason, if you want to bring back the hidden apps to the apps menu, then you can do so by following the steps below:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen,
  2. Tap the Menu key, scroll to the bottom and then select Show hidden applications.
  3. All the hidden apps will be displayed here with the checkbox in each app.
  4. Tick the checkbox in the desired apps you wish to show.
  5. Tap Done button.
  6. The selected apps will be displayed again in the apps menu.

FYI, when you hide the app, it will only remove the app icon from the apps menu instead of uninstalling the app. So, you still be able to use them, though they're not displayed in the apps menu. For instance, you did hide Gallery app, when you take a screenshot and open it, the picture will be opened in the Gallery app.

Comments

  1. my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone wont show this option at all

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Palmi Rafn Eiriksson,
      Thanks for coming.
      This option is available in Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. If your phone runs with Android 4.4, this option is no longer available. By default, in Android 4.4, you're only allowed to uninstall third-party apps or disable stock apps. But, I believe there's an app in Google Play Store that has an option to hide/show apps.

      Delete
    2. What is the app in Google Play??? I have been looking and all the ones I found only lock the app but the icon remains!! HELP!!

      Delete
    3. Hi Meaky,
      Thanks for coming.
      I've found an app that has a feature to hide/show hidden apps in the Google Play Store, but your phone should be rooted to make it works. The app called Hide App-Hide Application Icon. Here's the link:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thinkyeah.apphider
      Hope it helps :)

      Delete
  2. installed kitkat on s4 and hide function dissapeared help me how to return hide button or how to return back my jelly bean system

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Hell Babluani,
      Thanks for coming.
      Unfortunately, the hide/show hidden apps option has been removed in Android 4.4 Kitkat, so you can only disable the stock apps or uninstall third-party apps. FYI, downgrade Android version is risky though it's possible, moreover if the reason you want to do it only to bring one option back. So, in my opinion, it'll be better you use a third-party app that has an option to hide app as I've mentioned in the Meaky's comment right above yours.

      Delete
  3. You don't need a third party app... This is the same as the old way... go to your apps and hold the app... drag it to Disable apps and it does the same...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Treasa Ransome,
      Thanks for coming.
      In the previous Android version we can use the hide/show app option for all apps(both the stock and third-party/downloaded apps). But, in the Android 4.4 Kitkat, we're only allowed to disable the stock apps and uninstall the third-party/downloaded apps. So, in certain case, we need to use a third-party app if we want just hide a third-party/downloaded app installed in the phone without uninstalling the app.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Hi the insiders,
Thanks for coming and I hope you can get something useful here.
Before submitting your comment to ask about an issue, please make sure to provide information as much as possible (at least write your model number and Android version) and describe the problem clearly.
Also, since all comments will be moderated, all comments with irrelevant links(if any) or contain with offensive/harsh word will be deleted.
The last, if you have a question and can't find the relevant article, please feel free to reach me through the Contact us page. I'll be more than happy to reply the email and answer the question :)

Popular posts from this blog

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Access Clipboard in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

Copy and paste text is a feature that can be used in Samsung Galaxy S5. This feature will help you duplicating or moving copied text with ease from one app to another. Since all copied text will be saved to the clipboard, it makes you can not only paste a text that you have just copied, but also paste an older copied text by selecting the required one from the clipboard as long as the clipboard has not been cleared yet.


How to access the clipboard?
Generally, there are two methods that can be used to access the clipboard: 1) in an app or screen where you can enter text by long tapping in a text entry field, 2) in an app or screen where you can see the keyboard by utilizing more options in the keyboard.


Method #1: From a text entry field
If you have ever copied text or taken a screenshot then you can easily access the clipboard from a text entry field in any app or screen. But, as the example, we'll access the clipboard from a text entry field when composing a new text message in Mes…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Fix Missing Microphone Button on Samsung Keyboard

In the stock Samsung keyboard, there are some keys that have several functions, for instance a key in the left side of Space bar(it's usually displayed with a Settings/Cog wheel icon), when you long tap this key, you will see some options available, such as Keyboard settings, Smiley, Clipboard, Microphone, etc. Those hidden button sometimes make some users who want to use one of them have difficulty to find the button.

See also: How to Find Mic Button on Samsung Keyboard

But, in certain case, the Mic button is completely not available though the user have had long tapped the key in the left side of Space bar, as experienced by one of insider named Linda. She says that she can't find Mic button though she has had long tapped the key in the left side of Space bar when she want to use it to voice to text.


How to fix missing mic button on Samsung keyboard?
If you're also experiencing the same problem, you can make the Mic button available again in your keyboard by following the…

Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Block Unwanted or Unknown Text Messages

I believe most of phone's users have been choosing a message as one of their favourite method to communicate with others. That's why no wonder if most of smartphones available today--including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV--have provided the stock Messaging app for their users, so the user will be more easier if they want to send or receive a message in their phone without having to install the app first.

See also: How to Create and Send SMS or MMS in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Aside from sending and receiving a message, the stock Messaging app also allows you to block text messages from certain contact matches with the criteria you've specified before, block text messages contain with certain phrase as well as block text messages from unknown senders. This of course will help you to keep your inbox clean from those unwanted or unknown text messages.


How to add or remove a contact in the spam number list?
If you wish to block or unblock text message from certain contact, you can d…