Tips & Tricks

Galaxy S8 Tip: Here’s how to hide apps or games in the app launcher

The newly released Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with a newer interface which also includes a new, Google Pixel-like app drawer. Apart from allowing you open the app drawer by swiping up or down on the home screen, the new launcher also allows hiding apps.

Of course, there’s an option to completely secure apps and files using the Secure Folder feature on both these smartphones (similar to the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge), but if you want to hide apps or games for a short time, hiding apps is a good idea.

So, here’s how you can hide apps or games in the Galaxy S8 or S8+’s app launcher:

Step 1: Open the app drawer by swiping up or down from the home screen. Select the options menu by touching the three dots icon situated on the top right corner of the screen.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tip - Hide Apps - Step 01
Step 2: Select Settings.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tip - Hide Apps - Step 02
Step 3: Select the Hide Apps option.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tip - Hide Apps - Step 03
Step 4: You’ll now be shown the entire list of apps that are installed on your phone. Select all the apps or games that you want to hide, and hit Apply. Voila!

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tip - Hide Apps - Step 04

Samsung Galaxy S8 Tip - Hide Apps - Step 05

Note: When you hide apps, their respective shortcuts will be removed from the home screen as well, if you had placed them earlier. You can unhide those apps using the same process and deselect the apps that you hid. After unhiding the apps, you have to manually place their shortcuts on the home screen once again.

If you’ve got yourself a new Galaxy S8 or S8+, you should read all our Galaxy S8 tips and tricks.


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It’s a must have option. I don’t know why Samsung removed this since S4 Lollipop till now, Galaxy S7 still don’t have it. It’s a stupid idea that they put it away and putting it back on the newest device. FU


wow. much needed


Galaxy a5 2017 has this option. Just press and hold the app in the drawer you’ll get the option to hide along with lock , uninstall or cancel