Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Hide or Unhide Apps or Games

By using advanced camera owned by Galaxy SIII you can capture HDR photos or take HD video then saved it on your phone. But, for some reason you may not want others to access or view your personal photos or videos collection by hiding the folders on your Gallery app.

See also: How to Hide or Unhide Folders on Gallery App with Samsung Galaxy S3

Well, besides hide folders in Gallery app, with Samsung Galaxy SIII you can also hide apps or games from the app drawer so no one knows that the hidden app is running on your phone.

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How to hide apps or games from the app drawer?
As written on androidtipsz.com, here are the steps you need to do to hide apps or games from the app drawer:
  1. Open the App drawer.
  2. Tap on the Menu.
  3. Select Hide applications option.
  4. Here you can choose the apps or games that you want to hide by tapping on the little black box in the upper right of each app.
  5. Click the Done button to save your changes.

How to unhide apps or games from the app drawer?
From the same source, for any reason if you want to unhide the hidden app on the app drawer, here are the steps you need to do:
  1. Open the App drawer.
  2. Tap on the Menu.
  3. Select Show hide applications option.
  4. Check the hidden apps or games you want to show again on the app drawer.
  5. Click the Done button to save your changes.

It's easy, right? Once you know how to hide or unhide the apps or games from the app drawer, now you can set the visibility of apps or games according to your needs and requirements. So, try this useful tips then share your experience here through the comment below :)

18 comments:

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    1. Hi Rose Marry,
      Thanks for coming and leave us a useful link.
      Enjoy reading and have a nice day :)

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  2. I used to have that button... Not anymore. Please help me see my hidden apps again. =( my "show hidden applications" button is missing ≠0

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    1. Hi Kathie,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to scroll down the menu, you should see the option to show hidden applications turn up there.
      Hope this helps :)

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  3. Thank you so much, i got s3 other day and was looking to see what hide app did. then couldn't find un-hide lol. least now i know what it does. is there a way that i can use the app while it is hidden?

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    1. Hi Louise Patton,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know if it useful for you.
      Yes, you still be able to use the hidden apps. For instance if you hide messaging apps then you still be able to use it through another apps, such as when you want to share something through message then you will be redirected to the hidden messaging apps.

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  4. Ever since the 4.3 update to my S3 I don't have the "hide applications" feature anymore. Any ideas how to get it back?

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    1. Hi Susan West,
      Thanks for coming.
      Have you ever tried to scroll down to find this option. Usually this option is reside in the very bottom. However, if you can't find the option, can you please tell me what's your carrier? In several forums, the users of AT&T confirmed that they can't find this option though they have scrolled the menu to the very bottom, while another confirmed that they still have the option after they did update 4.3 on their phone.

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    2. I am having he same issue, I have AT&T and since the 4.3 update I have lost the ability to hide apps as well, any idea how to fix it?

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    3. Hi Nate C,
      Thanks for coming.
      Unfortunately, AT&T has decide to get rid this option in Android 4.3 so we can do nothing. Let's hope that AT&T will bring back this option in the next update. Or, you can also use another launcher, for instance paid version of Nova launcher which have the ability to hide the apps.
      Hope this helps :)

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    1. Hi Juan Meza,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that this post was useful for you :)

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  6. have galaxy s3 4.3 on Sprint- my hide/unhide option is gone also "my files" folder is now missing. Any ideas?? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Blue,
      Thanks for coming.
      Here are the answers for your questions:
      1. Can't find Hide app option:
      Make sure to view your app menu in the Customisable grid or Alphabetical grid in order to be able to use Hide app option. FYI, I don't know with Sprint, but most AT&T users have confirmed that they can't find Hide/Show hidden apps option after did update their phone to the Android 4.3. Other way, you can use third-party launcher (eg. Nova launcher) that has a feature to hide apps.
      2. My Files app is missing
      Try to go to the Settings> tap "More" tab> tap "Application manager"> swipe the screen from right to the left until you see "Turned off/Disabled" tab> if you see My Files app is listed here, tap it> tap "Turn on/Enable" button to enable the app and bring it back to your app menu.
      Hope this helps :)

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  7. What if I hide viber/whatsapp then will I able to get notifications?

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    1. Hi FARRUKH RASHID,
      Thanks for coming.
      Yes, you will get notifications because it only hide app from the apps menu.

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  8. Hy
    My gallery folder is hide from the menu
    I found it in the whole mobile but I can't found
    Where is it gone?
    And still it is hide from the menu..
    What will i do with this?
    Plz help me anybody

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    1. Hi Habib Khan,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can I conclude that you can't find Gallery app in the apps menu?
      If that so, there are two possibilities that can cause this problem:
      1. Gallery app is hidden
      If you have hidden the Gallery app, then you can show the Gallery app in the apps menu again by using the following steps:
      - In Home screen, tap Apps icon.
      - In the apps menu, tap the Menu key and then select "Show hidden apps".
      - Select Gallery app and then tap Done button.
      - Gallery app will be shown again in the apps menu.
      2. Gallery app is disabled
      If you have disabled Gallery app, then you can re-enable Gallery app by using the following steps:
      - Go to Settings.
      - Tap "More" tab.
      - Tap "Application manager".
      - Swipe to the screen to the right until you see "All" tab.
      - Scroll to the very bottom to see all disabled apps. If Gallery app is disabled, you should see this app here.
      - Tap Gallery app.
      - In the app info screen, tap "Enable" button.
      - Gallery app will be shown again in the apps menu.

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