You probably have, for one reason or another, want to find an app that you had previously hidden on your Android device. Find out with a few simple tips how to do it using the applications panel or the Settings menu of your device.
Part 1 of 2: use the app panels
Step 1. Tap the app drawer icon
Its appearance varies, depending on the version of Android. In fact, on some devices, it looks like 6 to 16 circles or squares, on others, the circles are 4. On still others, it looks like a small box marked A-Z. You can usually find it at the bottom of the main screen (in the middle or on the right).
Step 2. Go to the Settings application
The app icon also varies by device. It can look like either ⁝,
, or ☰. You'll usually find it at the top of the apps list.
If your device has a shortcut for that app at the bottom right of the screen (next to the button that stands for Home), press or tap it
Step 3. Tap Show hidden apps
A list of all apps hidden in the apps menu will appear.
- If this option does not appear, there may be no hidden application. Press on All to see a list of all apps, to be sure.
Part 2 of 2: Use the Settings app
Step 1. Open the Android settings menu
The menu icon usually looks like
, and is often located on the main screen or in the app drawer.
Step 2. Swipe down on the screen and tap Applications
On some devices, this button is called Apps. Usually after doing this you will see a list of all the apps installed on your device.
Step 3. Tap All
If you don't see this option, it may be in a drop-down menu or in a menu represented by the ⁝ symbol.
- Some devices have an option to list hidden apps, which will allow you to see them directly.
- If you are using Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or earlier, swipe the screen twice from right to left to see all installed apps.