I want to hide the installed 3 rd party apps in android. I hided the app icon in app drawer using Nova launcher, but those apps still visible in settings > apps list? Is there any way to hide it from apps list? I am using lollipop 5.0.2 and phone not rooted.

  • Can you please mention you device in your question..?
    – Lucky
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 19:20
  • You can use "Hide App-Hide Application" from play store, but it needs rooted phone, It locks your app, you even change the aap hider name to others like "settings" or something like that.
    – BrotskyTv
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 6:30

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For Samsung devices, root is not required. You can do it using app drawer:

  1. Click on Apps button on your home screen.
  2. Click on menu button( left soft key button).
  3. Tap on hide apps and select the apps you want to hide.

Similarly on the HTC devices.


there's no way to hide an app from apps list in settings unless the phone is rooted.

  • That's not completely true. One could use an app locker to hide the entire settings section altogether :) (also see: kiosk-mode)
    – Izzy
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 12:36
  • But that's not what the OP asked
    – equitharn
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 12:41
  • 3
    You've missed two characters, let me emphasize them: :) (IOW: "just kidding") The OP nowhere stated he wanted to see the other apps, so hiding the entire thing would match the question, taken literally :) But yes, if my "solution" would be acceptable, I'd posted it as an answer. So apart from that, I don't know anything to be done in this regard without (or even with) involving root – except for modifying the packages (.apk) themselves. There is a "hide" flag somewhere (that's how some carrier-specific apps are hidden when using a different carrier).
    – Izzy
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 12:45

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