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Many smartphones such as Vivo already have this feature to hide apps and prevent unauthorized access. In just a few clicks you can easily hide apps on a Vivo phone, I will give a guide on how to hide them.

Whether it's a game app a finance app or a dating app, when someone scrolls through the app list on their phone, you worry that it might kill the apps. Is. I will give you a step-by-step guide on how to hide apps in a Vivo phone. Also, how to access hidden apps on the phone.

 

Most people know about hiding some default apps in Vivo, but there are some secret ways to hide apps that few people know about. I will try to guide them too.


How to Hide Apps in Vivo Phones

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select Security.

Step 2: Tap on Privacy & App Encryption.

Step 3: Enter the password, pin, or pattern. Create one if you haven’t already.

Step 4: Select the App hiding option.

Step 5: Select the apps you want to hide.

This way you can easily hide apps from the home screen on your Vivo phone.

If you have an older Vivo phone, the methods to hide apps are different. In this case, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to the Settings app and choose Security & Privacy.

Step 2: Select Privacy and app encryption.

Step 3: Create a pattern or password. You’ll need it whenever you want to access hidden apps.

Step 4: Set security questions. You’ll need them to recover your privacy password.

Step 5: Choose the Hide App option and select the apps you want to hide.

Secretly Hide Apps in Vivo Phones

If you want to hide some apps on your smartphone from others, you should know about special tools or methods designed to hide these apps.

Method 1: Hide apps on a smartphone using a Phone Dialer

You read right. You can hide your secret apps by using a phone dialer. You can retrieve or access these hidden apps by dialing a specific code on your phone's keypad.

Sounds very interesting? Well, then, let's get straight to the point.

Step 1: Download the Dialer Lock – AppHider app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Open the app and create a six-digit password.

Step 3: Click Confirm.

Step 4: Type your password to open app options.

Step 5: Click the + icon at the bottom, select the apps to hide, and click Import (Hide / Dual).

Step 6: Tap on the app you just added to see if it works fine. If the app works without any issues, go to the home screen.

Step 7: Delete the app you imported to the Dialer Lock app in the previous step.

Step 8: Open the Dialer Lock app and enter your secret password to access hidden apps.


Disclaimer:

I would not suggest you to use the same apps or any other third-party apps to hide important apps like banking or financial management apps.

The Dialer Lock app creates a duplicate or clone of the selected app and suggests deleting the original version from your device. However, it is important to note that the data associated with the original app is not copied to the clone version.


Method 2: Hide Apps Behind a Calculator

An alternative way to hide such apps on Android smartphones is to use a calculator app. This app works like a normal calculator except the apps are hidden until you enter a "secret code".

Step 1: Download the HideU: Calculator Lock app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Launch the app and tap on Agree & Continue.

Step 3: Grant required permission(s).

Step 4: Type a 4-digit secret code and click the “=” symbol.

Step 5: Enter the code again and click the “=” symbol.

Step 6: Create a backup gesture or enable the fingerprint option to access hidden apps when you forget the password. Or, click skip at the upper-right corner.

Step 7: Click Hide Apps and select the apps you want to hide.

Step 8: Click Next and tap on Enter.

Step 9: Select Calculator. Doing this will change your current launcher.

Step 10: Click the Calculator app and enter your secret code to access your hidden apps.

Method 3: Hide Apps by Changing the Launcher

Some third-party launchers have an app hide option - you can easily hide specific apps from your device's home screen using these launchers.

Step 1: Download the Lawnchair 2 app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Open the app and give the required permissions.

Step 3: Tap and hold on to a black area, and select Home settings.

Step 4: Tap three vertical dots in the upper-right corner and select Set as Home App.

Step 5: Set Lawnchair as your default launcher.

Step 6: Select Drawer from Lawnchair options and tap on Hidden App Shortcuts.

Step 7: Select the apps you want to hide.

Although Lawnchair is a good launcher, it cannot password-protect hidden apps. "Nova Launcher" and "Hyperion Launcher" also can hide apps. While they have a password protection feature for hidden apps. If you want to use the app hiding feature, you need to purchase a premium version or pay separately for this feature.

How to Access Hidden Apps in Vivo Phones

Effectively managing hidden apps involves several steps. Just hiding apps isn't enough. You also need to know how to access them when needed.

Method 1: Accessing the app in the normal way

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your Vivo phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to Security and tap on it.

Step 3: Tap on Privacy & App Encryption.

Step 4: Enter the privacy pin, password, or pattern you have set before.

Step 5: Click on View Hidden Apps. You’ll see all the hidden apps.

Step 6: Tap on the app you want to access.

These steps may not work on older Vivo phones. In that case, use the following steps:

Step 1: Go to the Settings app and choose Security & Privacy.

Step 2: Select Privacy and app encryption.

Step 3: Enter your privacy pin, password, or pattern.

Step 4: Tap on View Hidden Apps. You’ll see all the hidden apps.

Step 5: Select an app you want to access to launch it.

Method 2: Using a Gesture

This is a shortcut method, which allows you to access your hidden apps with minimal effort and in less time.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select Security.

Step 2: Tap on Privacy & App Encryption.

Step 3: Enter your privacy pin, password, or pattern.

Step 4: Tap on App Hiding and toggle on View hidden apps.

Step 5: From the home screen, swipe up with two fingers from the bottom, enter your privacy password, and choose the hidden app you want to access. 

How to Unhide Apps in Vivo Phones

Here's how to unlock hidden apps on a Vivo smartphone:

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your Vivo phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to Security and tap on it.

Step 3: Tap on Privacy & app encryption and enter your privacy pin or pattern.

Step 4: Select the App hiding option.

Step 5: Deselect the apps you want to unhide.

These steps may not apply to Vivo phones running older versions of FuntouchOS. In that case, follow these steps:

 Step 1: Go to the Settings app and choose Security & Privacy.

Step 2: Select Privacy and app encryption.

Step 3: Enter your privacy pin, password, or pattern.

Step 4: Tap on Hide App and deselect the apps you want to unhide.

Conclusion

While hiding and unhiding apps on Vivo smartphones is an easy 'process', there are some other alternative methods that make it even harder to guess if you are hiding apps.

Hope this will be helpful for you. If you face any problem then write in comments below. I will try to answer you as soon as possible. 

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