How to Lock and Hide Apps in any Xiaomi Smartphone

MIUI is one of the most popular custom skin for Xiaomi smartphones. This custom skin offers tons of inbuilt features and tools to explore. It includes one of the most useful features, such as track Mi location, app lock, hide apps, and so on. In this article, however, we’ll especially discuss how to lock and hide apps in any Xiaomi smartphone.

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How to Lock Apps in Xiaomi Smartphones

Xiaomi smartphones have the ability to hide apps (installed + System apps) from the app drawer as well as lock apps with a strong pattern lock or fingerprint lock. Follow these instructions to lock apps in your Xiaomi 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 the apps you want to hide from the app drawer
  7. Once chosen, tap on use App lock. Now you’re done.
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Additionally, you can add your fingerprint & 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 the Settings icon from the top right corner
  4. Toggle to enable ‘Unlock with fingerprint‘ and ‘Face unlock‘ 
  5. That’s it you’re done.
  6. Go to Settings → Apps → App lock 
  7. Then, enter your app lock pattern
  8. On the next screen, click on the Settings icon from the top right corner
  9. Toggle to enable ‘Unlock with fingerprint‘ and ‘Face unlock‘ 
  10. That’s it you’re done.
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How to Hide Apps in Xiaomi Smartphones

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Follow the given steps to hide apps in MIUI:

  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 device users:

  1. Open App Drawer in your POCO phone
  2. Tap on the 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 the apps that you want to hide from your smartphone.

Bottom Line

The following tutorial shows you how to lock and hide apps in any Xiaomi smartphone 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. If you like this tutorial, don’t forget to share it with your friends or followers. Also, follow us on our social media platforms to connect closely with us.

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