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Published on Oct 08, 2021
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Juliya Smith

How To Find Hidden Apps on Android and IOS

During teenage, teenagers are extremely into their privacy, and they want to keep everything to themselves. This is one reason teenagers hide their installed apps, phone calls, text messages on their phones.

Children and teenagers hide installed apps using various hidden applications. With hidden apps, hiding apps from third parties have been much more accessible. Now even small children with little technological knowledge can hide their apps installed on their cell phones.

Hidden apps provide freedom among teenagers to hide any apps, images, messages and maintain their privacy. But do you think it is suitable for kids to hide everything from you? For every parent out there, learn how to find hidden apps on Android and IOS.

Sometimes, kids might get involved in some inappropriate activities or may install inappropriate apps. And to hide such apps, kids install secret apps.

Why Your Children Hide Apps In Their Device

Teenagers and tweens usually feel that they are mature enough to keep their information to themselves. To act mature, they keep their information secret. Children start to hide things from their parents once they are tweens.

Tweens and teens feel that parents will interfere in their life once they start to share their information. Here are some of the reasons why children hide apps on their devices:

Explicit Apps

Teenage is the age where children love to experiment. During this age, some children even get exposed to inappropriate content. Due to peer pressure or out of curiosity, children may download apps that you do not want them to use.

For instance, your kids may download porn apps accidentally or due to curiosity. If your children get addicted to these apps, then they will hide these apps from you.

You do not want your kids to use apps that can affect children’s mental health. Hence, to hide such apps from you, your kids may use apps that help them to hide such apps from you.

Inappropriate Images and Video

You do not want your kids to take an inappropriate picture of themselves and regret later on in their life. There are lots of consequences of sharing inappropriate images of oneself that young ones do not realize.

The digital world is such a world where you can find anything and everything. Children may download explicit images and videos from the internet. Or they may even take inappropriate pictures and videos of themselves. They feel uncomfortable if they see those pictures, which is another reason children hide their photos, apps, and images from their devices.

Dating Apps

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Every parent feels that their kids are too young to date. But children, on the other hand, want to experiment with love life. During teenage, teenagers experiment with dating apps that you do not want your kids to do.

There are many dating apps available, and most of these apps are above 18. Teenagers use these apps that are not appropriate according to their age. Also, parents are skeptical about finding love or meeting someone online because parents restrict using such apps. And this is the reason teenagers hide dating apps on their devices.

Gaming Apps

Once kids are into playing games, there is no way of looking back. Children these days are obsessed with online games like Pubg, Fortnite, Minecraft, Stardew Valley, etc. If kids are left alone with their phones with gaming apps, they can play it all day and night.

Since online gaming apps can be addictive, many parents don’t want their kids to download them. Once they start to play mobile games, they may not focus on other essential aspects of their life.

Sometimes, even when you ask your kids to uninstall their gaming apps, they may install it again and hide the app on their mobile phones.

Live Streaming Apps

Going live on social media or any other apps is quite popular these days. Teenagers love to go live most of the time to keep their friends and followers updated about what they are doing.

Most parents feel that going live every day can invade their children’s privacy. If people with lousy intentions follow their life every day, then they can gain a lot of information about your child and use it against them.

Hence parents do not want children to install any live-streaming apps. While children, on the other hand, feel that it is fantastic to go live and interact. Therefore, children hide their live streaming apps on their devices.

Just for Fun

Teenagers also like to hide apps and pictures on their devices even if there is nothing to hide from others. They usually show this type of behaviour to feel like a mature person.

During pregnancy, children want their privacy; they try to hide many things from their parents as they feel shy to tell every detail about their lives. Thereby they hide all the data in their phone.

To Hide Online Activities

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Smartphones have made managing online life much easier. You can get online whenever you want with the help of your smartphone. With the smartphone, you can do shopping anytime you want, or talk with your friends and relatives from anywhere worldwide.

However, there are lots of drawbacks to smartphones. Children and teenagers can visit any websites they want. Or they can talk with anyone they like using digital devices. Many parents are worried about their children’s online activities.

While children are hiding their online activities from their parents by hiding apps and deleting their activities history.

Are Vault Apps Similar To Hidden Apps?

Vault apps help you to keep their images, apps, and other data in your phone private. If you do not want parties to see messages, images, or any other data on your device, you can use vault apps.

Many vault apps provide similar features. Some popular vault apps are Secret Phone Vault, AppLock, Best Secret Folder, Gallery Lock, etc. Vault apps are available on both IOS and Android.

Vault apps are hidden apps as they help to hide apps and data in your device. Vault apps are complicated for new users to recognize as it looks like cover pages or fake icons. New users will not recognize it’s a vault app, and there are apps inside it. But one thing that you should know is all the hidden apps are not vaulted even though vault apps are hidden apps.

Android Trick For Hidden Apps

Ways To Find Hidden Apps In The App Drawer

If you are an IOS user, you might not be familiar with the term App Drawer. But for an android user, it is not a new term. The app drawer is where you can find all the apps you have installed on your device.

When you open your android device, you can be taken to the home screen, where you can find only some installed apps. To find all the installed apps, you need to click on the middle part of the screen. Some android devices have a circle, while some might have a home icon.

If your kids have secret apps, then you can find such apps in the app drawer by following the steps given below:

  • Click on the three dots, i.e., more options in the upper-right corner of your android device.
  • Click on the Hide apps option. If you cannot find the option, then there are no secret apps.
  • Once you click on the Hide app option, you will list apps hidden in the device.

Find Hidden Apps From Setting

You can even find hidden apps from the setting of your android device. To find out the list of installed apps on your android device, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Go to Setting
  • Tap on the Apps option
  • You will find an option where you need to select “all apps.”
  • Finally, you will be able to see a list of all the installed apps on the device.

Android Folders and Screens

The android device allows its users to manage their apps using folders or files. You can find all the folders made by users to store their apps by swiping right on their home screen. To view all the apps inside the folder, all you need to do is tap on the folder icon.

Using File Explorer/ File Manager

Here’s how you can view the list of all the installed and hidden apps on your android devices by using file manager:

  • First of all, you need to download “ES File Explorer” from the Play Store.
  • Open the “ES File Explorer.”
  • Open the menu drawer, swipe right, and select the tool.
  • Enable “Show Hidden Option” after scrolling down
  • Finally, you can view all the hidden apps on the device.

IOS Tricks For Hidden Apps

Hiding apps on IOS is straightforward; you can hide apps on your iPhone in a few steps. The fun thing about the iPhone is that it even allows its users to hide their apps from the search suggestion lists.

Finding hidden apps on IOS is slightly different from finding hidden apps on Android. Here are tricks for finding hidden apps on IOS devices:

Finding Apps through Search

One of the simple ways to find secret apps on an IOS device is through searching apps. To search apps, you can use a search tool that you can find on the top section of your home page. Here’s the step to search for apps on an IOS device:

  • Go to the home screen.
  • Click on the search menu at the top of the screen.
  • Search for the apps by typing the apps’ name
  • You can see the app if it is installed on the device.

Find Apps Using Siri

Sometimes, you cannot find the app using the search method, even if the app is installed on your IOS device. In such cases, you can use Siri to search the app. For that, you need to do:

  • Go to setting
  • Tap on “Siri and Search”
  • Now, you can see a list of apps, click on the hidden app and enable “show in search.”

Another method that you can use to find a hidden method using Siri is:

  • Press long on the Touch ID to open Siri.
  • Command “Open [app name]”
  • If the app is installed on the device, Siri will open the app.

App Library

The following method that you can use to open secret apps on your IOS 14 is:

  • Go to the last home screen page and swipe right.
  • Here, you can view the app library.
  • Go to the categories related to the secret app.

Home Screen Page

The tricky yet easy method of finding hidden apps on your IOS device is by using jiggle mode. In this method, all you need to do is

  • Long press on the home screen’s vacant area that will enter your device into jiggle mode.
  • Now tap on the three dots that you will see on the screen. Now you can see all the apps on the home page.
  • Now, if you want to unhide apps, you should enable them.

Use App Store

Hidden apps can also be shown by using the App Store. Here are steps you can follow to unhide hidden apps:

  • Go to App Store
  • Go to the search bar of the app store and search for the app.
  • If the app is on the device, the app will show up.

Using Parental Control Apps

This method works for both Android and IOS to find hidden apps on your kid’s device. Some parental control apps will notify you if your kids install apps that you restrict them from using.

There are many parental control apps like, Qustodio, Bark, Net Nanny, etc.

These apps provide you various features for monitoring your kids’ device activities. The best part of parental control apps is you can restrict your kids from downloading inappropriate apps.


You never know what your kids are up to on their devices. They might be installing some inappropriate apps or are viewing inappropriate content on their device. It is your responsibility to protect your kids from using inappropriate activities.

I hope this article will help you unhide apps that your children might hide on their devices. If you have some more methods of unhiding hidden apps on both Android or IOS, please feel free to mention them in the comment section below. Subscribe to to learn more about how to keep your kids safe online.

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Juliya Smith

Hello, I am Juliya a mother of 2 children and a content editor at where I share parenting tips and guides on how to keep your child safe online.