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I have an embedded device running Android and using SIM card for data connectivity. For whatever reason, the Phone and Messaging apps are hidden. I can see them in the System Apps list and Messaging app will appear if I send an SMS to the number that is associated with the SIM that is inserted into the device. Is there a way to actually show the Phone and Messaging apps in the apps list? The main reason is so I can use the Phone app to top-up my account to ensure that the data package is always current.

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  • Welcome to Android Enthusiasts. Since the apps can be accessed even if hidden, then they don't seem to be disabled/"uninstalled". Thus, could you install a 3rd-party launcher app (or any 3rd-party app from the Play Store/using APK)? This is based on my knowledge since we have had a similar requirement to hide some apps from the UI by developing a custom launcher app that filters out apps based on their package name.
    – Andrew T.
    Sep 25, 2023 at 5:23
  • Or use an activity launcher to create short cut to the app(s) // See. android.stackexchange.com/a/253276/131553
    – beeshyams
    Sep 25, 2023 at 6:50
  • How to see package names, just in case you need
    – beeshyams
    Sep 25, 2023 at 6:58

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