1. Check the App Drawer
The first place to look for hidden apps is the app drawer. Swipe up from the home screen, and you’ll see all the apps installed on your device. If you notice any app with a blank icon or no name, it might be a hidden app. Long-press the app, select “App info,” and uninstall it if you find it suspicious.
2. Use a Third-Party App
If you’re not tech-savvy, you can use a third-party app to find hidden apps. Apps like Hidden Apps Detector, Spyware Detector, and Privacy Scanner can scan your device for hidden apps. These apps will search your phone’s storage and alert you if they detect any suspicious apps.
3. Check Device Settings
Hidden apps can often disguise themselves as system apps. To find these hidden apps, go to your device settings and select “Apps.” You’ll see a list of all the installed apps, including the system apps. Look for any app that you haven’t installed but still appears on the list.
4. Check Downloaded Apps
If you’re still unable to find hidden apps, check the downloaded apps list. Open the Google Play Store app, select “My apps & games,” and then select “Installed.” You’ll see a list of all the apps installed on your device, including the hidden ones. Uninstall any suspicious app that you find.
5. Use a File Explorer
Another way to find hidden apps is by using a file explorer app. Go to the Play Store and download a file explorer app like ES File Explorer. Open the app and navigate to the “Android” folder. Look for any folder with a suspicious name or no name at all. Open the folder and check if there are any hidden apps.
6. Use the Guest Account
If someone else uses your Android device, they might have installed hidden apps in their guest account. To check for hidden apps in the guest account, go to the device settings and select “Users & accounts.” Select the Guest account and check the installed apps list.
7. Factory Reset
If you’ve tried all the methods and still can’t find hidden apps, the last resort is to factory reset your device. Back up all your data and then go to the device settings. Select “System,” “Reset options,” and “Erase all data (factory reset).” This will erase all the data on your device, including the hidden apps.
1. Can I hide apps on my Android device?
Yes, you can hide apps on your Android device. Go to the device settings, select “Apps,” and then select the app you want to hide. Select “Disable,” and the app will be hidden from the app drawer.
Not all hidden apps are harmful, but some can be. Hidden apps can collect your personal data, track your location, or display unwanted ads. It’s always best to uninstall any suspicious app that you find on your device.
3. Can I recover data after a factory reset?
No, a factory reset erases all the data on your device, including contacts, photos, and messages. Make sure to back up all your data before performing a factory reset.
|Check the App Drawer||Easy and quick||Only works for visible apps|
|Use a Third-Party App||Effective for non-tech-savvy users||May not detect all hidden apps|
|Check Device Settings||Easy to access||May not detect hidden system apps|
|Check Downloaded Apps||Shows all installed apps||May not detect apps not downloaded from the Play Store|
|Use a File Explorer||Effective for finding hidden folders||May require technical knowledge|
|Use the Guest Account||Effective for finding hidden apps in guest accounts||May not detect hidden apps in other accounts|
|Factory Reset||Erases all data, including hidden apps||Extreme solution|