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List Of Top Floating Apps For Hardcore Multitasking On Android

The best part about Android OS, apart from its enormous file ecosystem, is the ability to multitask with apps. But at the same time multitasking can only be performed in the background and true desktop style multitasking is not what we have been seeing on Android. Having said that, there are a couple of good apps that can let you perform true multitasking with on your Android phone or tablet as they float on top of everything else on your screen.

Floating Browser

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Lets start with the first app which we think is quite useful. Browsing that something we all do all the time, whether we are using our desktop or our Android device. Floating Browser is a fully featured browser but its floating ability makes it extremely handy. It can float over any other currently running apps without affecting the these apps running in the background. It is resizable and fully supports tabbed browsing and bookmarking.

Download: Floating Browser For Android

GPlayer

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GPlayer as the name suggests, is a player but what sort? GPlayer is capable of playing videos in a floating window over other opened application. It is easily resizable and offers a handful of customizations for all types of users. It comes in handy especially when you are watching a movie and at the same talking about the same with your friends or family on an instant messenger or any of the social networking websites. The app comes with a built in file explorer so that you can browse to the videos you added and play them.

Download: GPlayer Video Player For Android

Tiny Apps

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Unlike the aforementioned apps that are serve just one purpose, Tiny Apps is a group of floating apps that can be used on top of other apps. It comes in two versions: Lite and Paid. The Lite version offers five apps: Notes, Sound Recorder, Paint, a Music Player, and a Calculator, while the paid one offers a floating browser and the ability to make any widget you have installed a floating app. This is very interesting as you can convert any regular widget into a floating one which makes it super convenient to multitask.

Download: Tiny Apps For Android (Lite)

Floating Notifications

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Facebook has added a new feature to their app, called Chat Heads which offer you the ability to text and message people via a floating ‘head’ on your screen. This is an extremely cool feature as you do not have to leave what you are doing and reply or read messages right then and there. If you are looking for a more powerful version of Facebook’s Chat Heads, you can install Floating Notifications that offers notifications for almost everything and also can be customized with tons of options. It comes with several themes too.

Download: Floating Notifications For Android (Trial)

LilyPad

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LilyPad is a great app for Android tablets. It sets up a floating interface for using several instant messaging services to chat with friends and family and saves you from the pain of switching back and forth. The app is extremely intuitive and and features gestures to minimize and hide specific chat windows. Free version of the app only supports Google Hangouts, but the paid version supports Facebook Messenger, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and Jabber.

Download: LilyPad For Android

Conclusion

These are only five floating apps that we think would enhance your Android experience and would let you exploit this powerful OS. Beside these there are many other apps too, so we would suggest that you do try out the ones we mentioned above and let us know how helpful or painful they have been.

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List Of Essential Apps For Writers For Android and iOS

There was a a time when writing was done with the help of paper and pen but in the recent times the scenario has greatly changed. The modern writers are more keen on trying their hands not only scribbling through paper but also on technology. Yes, smartphones, tablets and PC have completely changed the way writers used to write and in the coming times it is only going to evolve. In this post we will talk about some apps that will help modern writers achieve greater productivity levels.

Evernote

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No, this is not just a note taking app. Evernote is probably the most useful tool for writers as it offers a comprehensive note-taking experience and can be synced between almost any device. There is a variety of data that can be created through Evernote, including text, images, voice recordings, documents and much more.  Further you can also organize notes by notebooks and tags, email notes and even share them with your friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter.

Download: Android | iOS

Springpad

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Springpad is another extremely useful app for writers. Other than the regular tasks like creating to-do lists, taking notes, recording voice reminders etc., the app also allows users to save content from the internet using the integrated web clipper, get useful tips, share your ideas, bookmark webpages and much more. As with Evernote, the data is synced with the servers and can be accessed from almost any device, making it convenient for writers to proceed with their ideas when they have time.

Download: Android | iOS

Draft

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Moving on from the free apps to one of the best paid apps for writers, we have Drafts. While Evernote and Springpad are used for noting down your ideas, Drafts is complete text editor and creator app. The basic features that a writer would require are easy to use interface, text formatting, word count, ability to change font and theme and instant synchronization. Gladly, Drafts offers the mentioned features and you would definitely like working on it.

Download: Android

Google Drive

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Evernote can be used to absolutely everything, but what about the non-text items such as photos or scanned documents? This is where Google Drive comes in handy. This cloud storage service offers enough space for writes to store all the non-text documents which could include images from the web, scanned documents, illustrations and more. Another very useful feature of Google Drive app is its scanner that generates excellent images.

Download: Android | iOS

JotterPad X

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We are covering JotterPad X in the last place but that does not affect its importance. Its is a five star rated app on the Google Play store and features a minimalist interface for both casual and creative writers. It’s perfect for writing essay, lyrics, news article, magazine and poems. Some other highlights of JotterPad X include undo, redo, night mode, finding phrase, pop up research (dictionary/thesaurus), auto-save, text styling and Markdown.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

Although the aforementioned apps are will offer enough features to writers for kickstarting with their new ideas, it is always helpful to add a few more applications that could prove useful for select users. Some similar apps worth considering are WunderList, MindJet, Writer and FreeNote.

Conclusion

This post is not about a particular type of apps and rather covered all the apps that are essential for writers. JotterPad X is definitely a great writing app and so is EverNote and Springpad but the latter ones differ in the sense that they offer rich media to be added along with text. My advice is to use EverNote, Springpad and Google Drive for noting down ideas while JotterPad for creating proper text files.

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List Of Home Improvement Apps For Android and iOS

When one buys an unfurnished house for your family or yourself, the only and only thing he or she is concerned about is the interior. No matter what advise an interior designer gives to you, in the end it is about you to be satisfied with the look. Now there are people who do not get enough time to sit and design their house themselves, and instead hire a designer straightaway. But there are also a kind which relies more on their own ideas than going with what others say. For such people we are listing five home improvement and design apps that will help you come up with the best designs possible.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas

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Houzz is our first pick of the lot as it sports close to a million high resolution photos of interior design for some of the best ideas. You are also allowed to filter through this enormous photos database with categories like style, type of room, and location. After going through all the photos one can create his or her virtual diary of ideas and save them for offline viewing. Further you can share your saved ideas with your contractor.

Download: Android

My Dream Home Interior Design

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My Dream Home Interior Design features an inspirational design gallery of everyday spaces. The complete gallery consists of only high definition pictures and also supports live wallpapers. New HD interior images are added to the app on a regular basis and they can be shared to your friends and family via Facebook or Twitter.

Download: Android

Interior Design

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Interior Design claims to offer some of the best decorating inspirations for a lot many things. The app is filled with photos that not only provide inspiration for formal designs, but casual designs too. Whether the need is simple, small space or house interior, modern design, room, house interior or decoration, the app has got  enough photos that will help you find the inspiration you need.

Download: Android

Interior Design by FreeAndroApp

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Interior Design application is a simple,good and elegant collection of interior design images which come in handy when decorating your home with one of these designs. It includes designs for bathroom,bedroom, kitchen, and living room. There is also an option to mark selected images as favorites and then use them later on.

Download: Android

Interior Design Gallery

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The next interior design app is called Interior Design Gallery. This application is a good collection of interior designs for your bedroom, kitchen, and living room. The collection may not be as huge as what Houzz offers but they are definitely worth taking a look.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

If you feel the applications listed above are not enough, there are plenty of other alternatives too such as Interior Design, and Interior Design Ideas & Photos. For painting the walls inside of your home you can download BEHR ColorSmart, and if you are putting in a new carpet then the cost of that can be calculated using this calculator.

Conclusion

Though all the aforementioned apps are great in their own way, we pick Houzz as the best interior design app. There is a humongous amount of pictures that one can go through to draw inspiration and we liked the design too.

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List of Google Play Store Alternatives [Android]

When you want new apps for your Android device, the only and only place to look forward to is the Google Play Store app. But there are other alternatives out there in the market too which are worth taking a look at. In this post we will be talking about five best apps that are closest to the Google Play Store in terms of features and application database.

Amazon App Store

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Instead of starting off in a random order, we would consider the best Google Play alternative first. Amazon App Store is the best alternative to the Play store as it is neat, user friendly and offers a free app on a daily basis. Another unique feature that only Amazon App Store has is the Test Mode, wherein the app you wish to download can be tested on an emulator before you actually buy it. This avoids unnecessary purchases.

Download: Android

AppBrain

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AppBrain has been in existence for quite some time now and is a solid Google Play alternative. In fact many blogs provide AppBrain download links which clearly tells how popular it is. AppBrain consists of almost all the apps available on the Google Play store and is essentially the latter, but with a different skin. This app store alternative recommends you new apps,and also lets you manage and sync your settings and we really like it.

Download: Android

Fetch

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If there is an alternative to the Google Play store that is really fun to use and is equally innovative in terms of interface as the original Play store, it is Fetch. It is an extremely competent alternative and the main reason why we like it, is the ability to filter out your search results with an enormous amount of keywords: Meaning you would be able to search using almost any appropriate keyword. You can also narrow down the results by ranking, price, category, etc.

Download: Android

GO Launcher EX

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The app is essentially a home screen launcher app for Android, but with that comes packed an integrated Go Store featuring plenty of apps. The apps, obviously, are linked to the actual play store but the idea of getting the launcher and Play store alternative in a single app is itself quite interesting. There are various categories to filter your search results and the interface is simple to understand too.

Download: Android

GetJar

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GetJar is one of the strongest contenders in the list when it comes to downloading and trying apps that are less popular. When you download an android app from GetJar you are rewarded with gold coins, which can further be used for in-app purchases. This is an encouraging feature and beneficial for both developers and users. The major downside of this app is that it does not have categories.

Download: Android

Other Alternatives

Although the aforementioned Play store alternatives are more than enough for all sorts of users, but other apps like AppsFire, F-Droid and Opera Browser (yes it does have an in-built app store) are also worth considering.

Conclusion

Of all the apps listed above, the best that we can pick is Fetch and Amazon App Store and for a change there are really good.

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Block Annoying Ads In Android Apps, Games And Browser

Our fellow bloggers aptly call ads as “necessary evil”. Thats quite true too. Ads pay developers and in return you get the free services. As long as the developer is getting paid from apps, you will continue to get updates as well as the battery of other interesting apps. The chain follows.

Sometimes, these “necessary evil” act just like evil. Blocking them is only option left. In this post i discuss how to block ads in your android applications and games. I also discuss how you can block ads in your browser on your phone. Ready? Read on.

Blocking Ads Through ABP (Adblock Plus)

First thing, this is not the only app which will block ads. You also might try AdAway. Both of these work on rooted as well as un-rooted devices. For this tutorial we will move ahead with the ABP.

To install ABP, you need to adjust the security settings. Go to settings, – Security and click on the unknown sources.

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Since google has blocked all applications which block ads, you will need to sideload this app. Go to Adblock Plus for Android, and download the apk file from there.

Configuring Adblock Plus

Once you have installed the application after adjusting the security mentioned above you are ready to configure the Adblock Plus.

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If you device is rooted, after installation, the app will ask for superuser permission and it will start blocking the ads in apps and games.

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If your device is not rooted, worry not it will still work but after some proxy tweak. The detailed instructions are mentioned here. Just to remind you, the instructions will be different for Android versions up to 3.1 and 4.0+.

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Now that you have tweaked the required proxy settings, the Adblock plus will start blocking the ads.

Blocking Ads on Browser

The Adblock Plus is also available for Firefox for mobile in the form of extension. The Adblock extension will only block ads appearing in web pages in mozilla. It wont have any effect on your apps and games.

If you are already not using Firefox, you can install form Google Play Store for free. Once you have installed the Firefox browser, open up this link. Its a Android add on with the name of Adblock Plus. Once installed restart the browser.

That is all for blocking ads in bowsers.

Conclusion

Here we saw how to block ads on rooted as well as unrooted android phones. Obviously the rooted users get more options to get into their devices and they can also block ads by editing host files. Host files are plain text files in any operating system to map hostnames. We will cover the same in our following posts. Stay tuned.

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List Of On-The-Go-Shopping Apps For Android and iOS

Shopping is something that humans have been doing since ages, and in the 21st century it has only become more convenient. Convenience, not because of the introduction of new and trustworthy ecommerce websites, but because of the fact that now one can shop anything at any time through your iPhone and Android smartphone. In this post we will list the top 5 shopping apps for your iPhone and Android device.

eBay

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To start with the list, we have one of the most popular websites, eBay. The app is around for quite some time now and lets you manage purchases and inventory straight from your Android and Apple device. The interface is well optimized for mobile screens and offers the same experience as on the desktop version of the website. Using the app you can buy, bid, or make offers, and also track shipments. Also you will be able to save your searches, compare items and leave feedback.

Download: Android | iOS

Amazon

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The next big contender in the shopping app list is Amazon. The official app has been recently received major UI updates and looks neater now. Shoppers can scan barcodes, search using snaps, compare prices, check availability, track orders and much more. Users can browser by department to narrow down searches, and are also offered with daily Lightning Deals.

Download: Android | iOS

Craiglist

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Craiglist Android and iOS app allows users to search and post ads as immediately as they would from the desktop version of the website. Users can preview posts, share posts with friends, or contact the poster of the ad via email using the app. The design is simple and easy to understand and will not disappoint you.

Download: Android | iOS

Groupon

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If you are always looking for good deals and hardly go for a product that is not offered at a discounted price, then Groupon is the best app for you. The app offers unbeatable deals with discounts ranging between 50 % and 90 %. There are many categories such as dining, spas, fitness, and also you will get to know about deals in your locality. The deals can be shared with friends and family.

Download: Android | iOS

LivingSocial

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Users who like to get deals on spas, gyms, and more, should consider LivingSocial too. They offer discounts ranging between 50% to 90 % which is one of the highlights and there is also an interesting feature wherein if you buy a deal and you get three of your friends to buy the same deal, your deal becomes free.

Download: Android | iOS

Other Alternatives

Some other noteworthy shopping apps are Etsy, RetailMeNot, and The Coupons App. Walgreens App is another decent alternative.

Conclusion

People are always looking at buying products and do not care about deals should definitely try eBay, whereas if you are a deals-lover, go ahead with Groupon.

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FX File Explorer Offers Dual Pane, Multi Window Experience On Android

We are all aware of the size of the app ecosystem for Android and for each type there are plenty of options available. Talking about file explorers in specific, there are way too many apps to look forward to and for sure each of them offers something different and innovative. However the most simple and easy to use file manager according to us is ES File Explorer.

But wait, we have got a new and even more interesting file explorer for you called FX File Explorer. FX File Explorer is free and offers most of the features that ES File Explorer does, but the reason where it stands out is because of features such as multiple windows, dual pane view, and easy file selection. On top of that one can get root-level file management for free via an add-on, while network and cloud support is available as a paid add-on.

How To Use FX File Explorer

Head to Google Play Store and download FX File Explorer. On launching the app you are presented with a differently style interface that contains your main Download folder and bookmarked folders, system storage and main storage, and available & installed add-ons. At the bottom you have three buttons: View, Settings, and Tabs. If you tap on the View button, you will get the options to change the default theme and even customize the look and feel of the home page.

Tap on any of the sections and the contained files and folders will be listed immediately in a grid view, along with special thumbnail icons to indicate their respective relevance.

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On long pressing a file or folder the explorer directly brings up the available actions in a pop up window. From here you can open it in a different app, archive it, go through the details, send it, move it, and do a lot more. Tapping on the View button inside a folder will get you the options to change the display type, sort the files, activate multiple selection, etc.

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In order to open multiple windows or the dual pane view you will have to tap on the button present at the bottom right corner (one with two tabs). From here you can open a new window, split the view (dual pane view), and even close all the applications. When you open multiple windows, all of them will be displayed in the same pop-up menu under Open Windows (look at the first image below).

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Coming back to the homescreen now you also have a settings button present at the bottom from where you can open the app’s settings page, get help, search for a file or folder, etc. From under the settings you can again configure the homescreen and enable / disable features, look for file management options, etc.

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Last but not the least as I had mentioned above the app comes with a couple of add-ons that could prove useful for many users. For rooted users there is a Root Access add-on that is available for free while users looking for premium features can go for the FX Plus add-on pack.

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Conclusion

It is undoubtedly one of the best and most innovative file managers available in the Play Store. In fact we would consider it as the ultimate file manager till date for Android. Go ahead and try it.

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Download Android Photos From The Cloud To Your Device To Access Locally Without Internet

One of the interesting things about the Android operating system is the interconnection it has with several other online services. People using the same Gmail email address, the one used to set up their android device, on such online services often find their data synced with their device.

The above lines seem confusing but the following example will help you understand the point being made, better.  I have been with my Galaxy Nexus for almost a year and initially when I started using it, I found my pictures from DropBox, and Picasa Web Albums in the Gallery app. Strange it was, but actually this is how the these services find a connection between them and the android OS.

Now this turned out to be very helpful for me as my data from Dropbox and Picasa was present right there in the Gallery app, and I was able to access them anywhere and anytime. But the catch here is that they were only available when my device was connected to the internet. So what if I need these pictures to be available in offline mode?

Follow the guide given below:

Step 1: Launch the gallery app.

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Step 2: Tap on the settings button present on the top right section of the screen. On the drop down menu, select Make Available Offline.

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Step 3: On the next screen, you will be presented with all the available albums. All you have to do is select the online albums and press the Done button. All the selected albums will be downloaded to your device shortly thereafter and then you will have access to them locally.

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Conclusion

The best piece of advice here is that do not use this feature unless you are on a Wi-Fi network. Downloading online albums on mobile data could incur some hefty costs. So it is recommended that you download them only when a wi-fi network is available as the pictures will weigh enough.

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Send Files, Links, Notes, And Lists To Android From PC

Transferring information / data from your personal computer to your android device can be easy or cumbersome depending on the type of information it is. Copying media such as video and music files from your computer to android is an easy task as each type of media has a dedicated folder inside, and all you have to do is connect the device to the computer, select the appropriate transferring option (mass storage device, media sync, etc.), and copy the content over to the corresponding folder.

But what if you want to send a webpage URL, or a file, or a a note, from your computer to your android device? We have a solution for you and we are very use you will like it.

PushBullet comes as a savior here and lets you transfer links, files, notes, and lists quickly from your computer to an android device. So let us get familiar with the steps which are listed below.

Step 1: Get hold of your android device, launch Google Play store, and download PushBullet android app. Sign in on the app using your Gmail account and you are good to go now.

Step 2: PushBullet actually uses its web based client to transfer information. So we recommend that you first head to www.pushbullet.com and sign in with the same Gmail account, and on the next page ensure that you see the name of your android device. Now, to make things simpler, install PushBullet’s  Chrome extension.

Step 3: Now you must see a small PushBullet icon right next to the address bar in Chrome. If you want to send a page URL to your device, open the webpage and then click on the PushBullet extension icon. If you wish to send a note or list instead, you can click on the icon anytime and create a note or list right then and there. Once you are ready with the information, hit the Push It button.

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Step 4: As immediately as you push it from your web browser, the information will reach your android device as a notification. You can tap on it, and continue consuming the data.

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In order to access the history of information sent from your computer to your android device, open the PushBullet app on the device and you can see the list present there.

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Conclusion

Using PushBullet is very convenient as the browser extension can be used to quickly send notes, links, and lists. However, using the same extension to send a file to your device is not as easy. One cannot send a file using the extension, and to do so he/she will have to go the PushBullet website, which we feel is the only downside.

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Easily Hide Apps inside Go Launcher EX

I don’t need to write much about the Go Launcher EX as the 100,000,000+ downloads speak volumes. It is likely that you too must have come across this feature rich launcher on your Android Phone sometime or most likely using it right now.

Here is an explanation of a built in feature of Go Launcher EX that will help you to hide apps and maintain privacy and security on your phone more smoothly.

How to hide Apps in Go Launcher EX

So, for this tutorial i believe that you have already installed this feature rich Go Launcher EX from play store. Next, go to home, and tap the settings. (See screenshot below)

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Tap the hide app option.

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Now you will be presented with the list of all the apps which are installed in the phone. You can simply tap the apps to select them. You can select as many apps you wanted. That’s it. Your apps are hidden and won’t be visible in the main menu.

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To access the hidden apps you will have to go to hide apps menu once again. Also you can add further apps to the hidden area by pressing the ‘plus’ icon.

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If you are willing to spend some bucks you can also have a security lock for individual apps. Tap the lock button to know more.

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Conclusions

The tip might come handy when you want to protect certain apps from public use, or prevent in-app purchasing from your children or kins. The in-built feature of the launcher also saves your phone from downloading an additional app to perform the same function.