How to Hide an Application on an Android

By Steve Gregory

The Android Market serves as a hub for new apps, where users can download free and paid software and then install it on their Android phone. Because there are so many applications available, it is tempting to install several of them, and then include links to them on one of your Home screens. If your Home screen is becoming too cluttered with applications, you can hide the ones that you do not actively use without uninstalling them.

Step 1

Press the "Home" button on your Android phone to open the Home screen.

Step 2

Swipe the screen left or right to find the application that you want to remove if it is not on the first screen.

Step 3

Touch the application that you want to remove and hold it until it starts to vibrate. Don't remove your finger while the application's icon is vibrating. The Launcher icon at the bottom of the screen automatically turns into a Trash Can icon.

Step 4

Drag the application's icon into the Trash Can icon. The Trash Can turns red.

Step 5

Remove your finger to complete the operation. Repeat the process to hide other applications.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add an app to the Home screen on your Android phone, open the Home screen, then press the "Menu" button and tap "Add" or "Add to Home." Tap "App," then tap the application that you want to add to the Home screen. If "App" is not an option on the "Add" or "Add to Home" screens, tap "Shortcuts," then tap "Applications" and select the app that you want to add. The app appears on the Home screen.