How to Hide Default Apps in Android Marshmallow

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.

open the android marshmallow apps tray

Step 2: Select the Settings option.

how to disable apps on samsung galaxy on5

Step 3: Scroll down and select the Applications option.

how to hide default android apps

Step 4: Touch the Application Manager button at the top of the screen.

android apps disabling

Step 5: Scroll down and tap the app that you want to hide to disable.

disable default android apps

Step 6: Tap the Disable button.

hiding apps on the galaxy on5

Step 7: Touch the Disable button again to confirm that you understand this may cause issues, and that your data will be deleted.

how to hide default apps in android marshmallow

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.

disable apps on samsung galaxy

Now that you know how to hide default apps in Android Marshmallow, you can stop those apps from talking up space on your Home screen if you aren’t using them.

Would you like to be able to take pictures of your phone’s screen too? Learn how to take screenshots in Android Marshmallow so that you can share screen images with your friends.

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