How to hide unused apps on your stock, unrooted HTC EVO 4G LTE

The recent Jelly Bean update on the HTC EVO 4G LTE certainly introduced a lot of bugs for a lot of people, but it brought a lot of nice new features, as well. And here’s one that non-rooted users are sure to enjoy: the ability to hide apps that you don’t use, even if you aren’t able to disable them.

For example, I don’t use Sprint’s voicemail service. All my calls go through Google Voice, so that’s what I use. However, it’s not possible to uninstall or disable the stock voicemail app unless you’re rooted – even if you go into your settings and select Apps All Voicemail, the option to disable is grayed out:

Luckily, all you have to do is open your app drawer, press Menu, and select Hide apps. The select whichever apps you want to hide (Voicemail, in my case), press Hide, and it will never bother you in your app drawer again.

Granted, this isn’t as great as being able to fully disable the app. For that, you’d need to root and use an app like SD Maid or Titanium Backup. That way, it would be prevented from ever running again, even in the background. But at least this way, your app will remain out of sight and out of mind – it’s the next best thing, and a great option for those of you who hate bloat, but also aren’t ready to root quite yet.

 

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

14 thoughts on “How to hide unused apps on your stock, unrooted HTC EVO 4G LTE

  • December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm
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    Off topic: I was SOOO waiting for Jelly Bean so I could play music through the usb port and cable. It is supposed to be enabled with this update, but it still will not play. Is there a solution to this? I have looked at the forums and maybe I’m the only one concerned about this. But, crap, with the nice HTC dock I have, using just the usb connection would really clean up the look. I know, bluetooth works, but hardwire is still better sound.

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  • December 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm
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    This was already in the ICS for the EVO LTE if I recall correctly.

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  • December 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm
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    How do you unhide an app?

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    • December 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm
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      When you go to hide an app, it shows hidden ones at the end of the list, just uncheck the hidden ones.

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      • December 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm
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        Oh. I see. I didn’t notice that. Thanks!

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  • December 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm
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    Why don’t you just you root explorer and delete them from system/app? or system/data?

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    • December 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm
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      This is for non-rooted users, like I said in the article and in the title. :-)

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  • December 19, 2012 at 5:31 am
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    I use to love doing this when using launcher pro. I’m glad to see they finally integrated that functionality into the OS.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm
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    Does not work on Apex Launcher. No ‘Hide Apps’ option available.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm
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    I was wrong earlier about this being in the ICS for the EVO LTE. I was thinking of my wifes Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which is ICS and has this feature. I suppose in the Touchwiz.

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  • May 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm
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    how do I get the jelly bean update?

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  • November 20, 2013 at 12:36 am
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    How to hide apps in Note 3? They have removed such stuff in Note 3.

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