How to find hidden apps on Android: how to see and where to see, whether you can return

Every smartphone owner installs mobile applications on his device to solve certain tasks. As a rule, they are displayed on the main screen, so that the owner can run the program of interest with one touch. However, some programs turn out to be hidden, and there is a certain danger in this. Next, let’s understand how to find hidden applications on the Android phone, and explain why every user should be concerned about the search.

What are the dangers of hidden apps?

Usually, the presence of hidden programs does not bother the average user. Unless the smartphone owner wants to return the missing applications to the home screen to get quick access to them. However, there is a certain danger in the presence of hidden software.


As you know, any device can be affected by viruses. Due to the owner’s inattention, malicious software can be installed on the smartphone and gain access to the owner’s data. Of course, attackers are trying to hide such programs, and therefore they can not be seen among the usual applications located on the main screen.

The malware should be removed at the first opportunity, but to do so, you will have to search for the hidden programs. It is a simple task that any user can handle. The only thing that is important is to follow the instructions clearly.


Search methods

There are several ways to track down hidden applications. It is possible that the programs are in their usual places, and the owner of the smartphone simply does not notice them. However, it is still important to check the device using one of the search methods presented below

Understanding Android folders and screens

First, you should understand how the interface of your smartphone is arranged. Despite the fact that the vast majority of mobile devices are based on the Android operating system, the manufacturer can install its own shell with additional features. On some firmware programs are displayed on the main screen, and on others in a separate menu. All of these nuances must be taken into account.

But most often applications disappear because the user himself puts them in a separate folder. After all, to create it, it is enough to keep your finger on the program icon and then point it at the logo of another program. Examine the home screen carefully and open each folder to see if that particular application is lost in one of the directories.


App drawer

Smartphones that use a special menu to store shortcuts have a feature to deactivate individual apps. If your device has this functionality, do the following:

  • Open the list of apps (by tapping the button in the center of the screen or swiping up from the bottom).
  • Go to the menu settings by pressing the gear button.
  • Activate the “Show hidden apps” option.


You should now see all the programs installed on your smartphone. If you still have suspicions that the list does not include all the software, then use one of the alternative search options.

In the settings

It is possible to find the hidden software in the standard way, visiting the settings of the device. Here you can not only find previously undetected programs, but also remove all suspicious software. To do this you will need:

  • Open the device settings.
  • Go to the “Applications” section.
  • Select the program you are interested in.
  • Press the “Uninstall” button.


If the program seems questionable, but there is no uninstall button on its page, it is likely that you have stumbled upon system software. Such applications are responsible for the interface, and therefore do not require a shortcut on the home screen. In short, don’t worry if you encounter an unfamiliar name. For reliability, you can search the description of the software on the Internet to make sure there is no danger.

Android Trick

After studying the list of installed applications in the settings of the device, you can still make a mistake. Some programs on your phone are not what they really are. For example, the program Smart Hide Calculator may seem like a calculator, because both the name and the appearance of the interface do not give it anything else. However, the software has secret functions that allow you to hide certain utilities (including malicious ones).


In this regard, it is recommended not to limit yourself to a cursory glance at the installed software, but to use specialized software to get more detailed information. Install Android Trick on your smartphone, then do the following:

  • Hold your finger on the suspicious app icon.
  • Tap the “i” button that appears in the pop-up window.
  • Go to the “Details” section.

“Details” hides all the information about the software you’re using. If it was installed through official sources, you will be redirected to the Play Market page. But keep in mind that Android Trick shows the necessary information only after giving it the necessary permissions. Therefore, first remember to open Android Trick and perform the formal steps to activate the utility. Only after that, you should refer to the instructions provided above.


Web Apps

Despite the fact that programs are the optimal means to access the services of interest, many companies use mobile versions of their sites. They can be a source of malicious software downloads. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to examine the history of visits in your web browser:

  • Open any browser.
  • Click the three-dot button.


  • Go to “Settings” and then to “History”.

The information provided here will help you determine if you have visited, or if someone from your phone has accessed unverified sites from which you could theoretically download malicious software. The same steps should be repeated for each web browser installed on your smartphone.

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