There are a variety of reasons why you would want to hide apps on your Android phone. Many of us have sensitive financial data on our phones, which is accessible to anyone who gets past the lock screen, thanks to the widespread use of mobile payments. It can be difficult to figure out how to lock apps on Android. Not that every Android phone maker supports it, and those that do use a different strategy for each one. It's excessively difficult to figure out how to lock apps that frequently distract you or private apps that you don't want other phone users to see.
Although Android 12 will provide native support for protected folders, hiding apps aren't on the horizon. For the time being, your only choice is to use a Samsung, OnePlus, or Xiaomi phone, which all have this feature built into their Android skins.
Using App Lock in OnePlus Smartphones
Many people are unaware of OnePlus' excellent feature called Lockbox, which is carefully disguised. To get to it, you must first open the File Manager app, and then scroll down to the bottom.
Using App Lock in Xiaomi and Redmi Smartphones
To hide photos and files on a Xiaomi phone, use the File Manager app. Select a folder or file that you want to lock by long-pressing it once you're in the File Manager app. Then choose the option to make it private.
Using App Lock in Samsung Smartphones
One of the most useful features of Samsung phones is Secure Folder, which allows you to hide photos and other items. Your device should come with the app pre-installed, but you'll need a Samsung account to utilise it.
How to Lock an App Using Third-Party Apps
You can lock apps on your Android device with a variety of third-party apps available on the Google Play Store. On your Android device, go to Google Play and download AppLock. The software is free to download and use, but you'll have to pay for the full version to remove adverts and gain access to additional features.
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