How to Find Hidden Apps on Android


The app drawer itself doesn’t show you all the apps that are running in the system background or have been installed on your phone. You have to manually find them. Whether you want to delete an app containing malware that you might have installed unknowingly or want to change the settings of a system app, the reasons can be various. Therefore, we think that it’s important for every Android user to know how tofind hidden apps on their phones, and this article demonstrates to you the detailed steps to do so.

How to Find Hidden Apps on Android

There are various ways to find out hidden apps on your Android device. Below, we have listed the two easiest ways to do so. The first one is by using your device’s settings and the other way is by using a third-party app.

Finding hidden appsusingthe phone’s Settings

This is the simplest way to find out the hidden apps on your phone without installing any third-party app. All you have to do is to open your phone’s settings and follow the steps we have mentioned below.

  1. The first step to finding the hidden app is to open your app Settings on your Android settings

  2. Next, go to App management settings.
    manage apps

  3. Under App Management, click on the App list .list of apps

  4. Now you will be seeing the list of all the apps installed on your device except system apps. So to view system apps as well, click on the two dots at the top right corner of the screen and click on Show system. Once you click on show system, you will see all the hidden system apps on your Android device.
    show system apps

Finding hidden apps using the File Manager app

If the firstmethod didn’t help you to find out the hidden apps, then it’s because either a third-party app is being used to hide apps or the appswere hidden by the Hide apps feature that is available in the phone’s privacy settings itself. But don’t worry, in this method we shall be using the File Manager app to see hidden apps on our device.

  1. Open the Play Store app on your Android device and search for File Manager. You can also download the File manager by clicking here.playstore app

  2. Next, click on Install and thenopen the File Manager after the installation completes.install file manager

  3. Open the file manager that you have installed. You will see a list of icons once you open the file manager, just click on the Apps icon.
    open apps

  4. Now swipe right or click onAll to see the list of all the apps on your phone. You can scroll down or search for the hidden app you are looking for.
    downloaded apps

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Abhishek Mahato

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