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groovyPost reader, Mike, asks:

After I got my 1st smartphone, an htc Wildfire S by T-mobile, last year I was, "Cleaning it up" a little and followed an article something like this one that I just read, possibly to access a setting:


and hid the shortcuts in my apps drawer to a couple of apps like Stocks, Voice Recorder, etc. I can't remember how/what I did. I'd like to reverse it. I can see those apps in Launcher Pro's app drawer, but not in HTC Sense's. They're not listed in the Personalize>>Add app to Home either, but are in Applications>>Manage>>All.

They're not disabled in SDK. I checked, and besides if they were they'd be hidden in Launcher Pro also.

I am fairly computer literate and thus might, alternately have done something in SDK...although I was brand new to smartphones, I remember being nervous, but understood enough to follow the article.

I've spent a LOT of time trying to find this, and just can't. I'd really appreciate any info/insight you might offer.

Thanks, Mike

asked Feb 27 '13 at 10:31

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edited Feb 27 '13 at 10:31

Hi Mike. This problem is rather specific to certain Android phones and is determined by the UI that the phone is running. It seems both stock HTC and Samsung offer the ability to hide apps from being visible in the app drawer. There are also some custom launchers that allow it, such as Launcher Pro.

In the cases for for either of the stock launchers of those brands, the hide function can be found by opening the app drawer and then pressing the menu button. There should be an Edit option that lets you change whether or not an app is hidden, and provide a list of hidden apps.

If you are using Launcher Pro, it's slightly different. From the Homescreen (or app drawer) press the menu button and browse to:

Preferences > General Settings > Hidden Apps

You should be able to un-hide the apps from there. Screenshots can be found in this Launcher Pro support article.

Let me know if that solves your problem! Thanks Mike.


answered Feb 27 '13 at 10:38

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edited Feb 27 '13 at 10:38

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