How to Hide Apps in any Xiaomi Smartphone (MIUI)

Xiaomi smartphones custom skin MIUI offers tons of inbuilt features and tools to play with. One of the most useful features it has the ability to hide apps from the app drawer and lock your apps with a pattern lock or fingerprint. You can directly use this option to securely hide your installed apps as well as system apps with your fingerprint or pattern lock. In this article, I'll demonstrate to you how to hide apps in any Xiaomi smartphone based on MIUI custom skin. So without further ado, let's get started.

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How to Lock Apps in Xiaomi Smartphones

Whether you're using a POCO phone or Redmi device, you can follow the given instructions to hide or lock your apps in your smartphone:
  1. Open your Mi phone screen lock and go to Settings by clicking on the settings app or from the notification panel
  2. Then open the Apps section → App lock or search App lock from the settings search box
  3. If you're using it for the first time, click on Turn On to start with
  4. Now set a new pattern lock and confirm it → tap Next
  5. Here if you can add your Mi Account to reset your password if you forget it. Click on Add or Not Now
  6. On the next screen, choose your apps you want to hide from the app drawer
  7. Once chosen, tap on use App lock. Now you're done.
Lock Apps in Mi Phones

Additionally, you can add your fingerprint and face lock to unlock the apps. To do that:
  1. Go to Settings → Apps → App lock 
  2. Then, enter your app lock pattern
  3. On the next screen, click on Settings icon from the top right corner
  4. Toggle to enable 'Unlock with fingerprint' and 'Face unlock
  5. That's it you're done.

How to Hide Apps in Xiaomi Smartphones

You can also hide the apps in MIUI from the same settings. Here's how:
  1. Go to Settings → Apps → App lock 
  2. Enter pattern or password to manage apps
  3. Go to hide apps section and choose your apps that you want to hide.
  4. Now the selected apps will be moved to hidden folder.
  5. To access hidden apps, simply pinch out your two fingers on the screen.
For POCO users, there's a different approach to hide apps:
  1. Open App Drawer in your POCO phone
  2. Tap on hamburger icon from the top right corner
  3. Enable Hide app icons and hit back to the app drawer again
  4. Now quickly double left slide and set a new password after verifying your fingerprint
  5. Once done, chose your apps that you want to hide from your smartphone.
Hide apps

Bottom Line

The following tutorial shows you how to hide and lock apps in your Xiaomi smartphones based on MIUI operating system. You can lock your apps to protect yourself from strangers or hide the apps (including system apps) entirely from the app drawer. 

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