Due to the limited amount of storage space that is available on most smartphones, you may find that you need to manage the apps that you have downloaded by deleting some of them if they aren’t being used. But what about the default apps that were on your phone when you got them? Unfortunately these can’t be deleted but, if you aren’t using them and would like to hide them, you are able to do that instead.
Our guide in this article will show you how to disable a default app in Android Marshmallow so that it is hidden from the Home screen and the App stray. And if you find later that you need that app back, you can always return to the same menu and Enable it.
How to Hide Apps on a Samsung Galaxy On5
The steps in this article were performed on a Samsung Galaxy On5 in the Android Marshmallow operating system. These steps will focus specifically on disabling default apps as a means to hide them. If an app is not a default app, then the word “Disable” in the screen below will be replaced by the word “Uninstall” and electing to use that option instead will remove the app from your phone. If the word “Disable” is grayed out, then you will not be able to disable it to hide it.
Step 1: Open the Apps folder.
Step 2: Select the Settings option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Applications option.
Step 4: Touch the Application Manager button at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Scroll down and tap the app that you want to hide to disable.
Step 6: Tap the Disable button.
Step 7: Touch the Disable button again to confirm that you understand this may cause issues, and that your data will be deleted.
Depending upon which app you are disabling, you may get a prompt asking if you would like to replace it with the factory version. Tap OK if you wish to proceed with disabling the app.
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