If you have a problem with friends or family accessing your contacts, Then you are in the right place. In this post, we will cover how to hide contacts on Android and how to unhide and find hidden contacts. We will also be covering how to hide and unhide contacts in google contacts.
When you lend your phone, Some may even access your contacts. You cannot reject a friend’s or family’s request to use your phone. In these cases hiding the Important contacts will be the best solution. Android has the inbuilt option to hide contacts. You can also use the additional apps.
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Table of Contents
- Can we hide contacts on android
- Why My contacts are Not showing up
- How to Hide Contacts on Android
- How to find hidden contacts on Android and Unhide it
- How to Hide your Number while calling others
Can we hide contacts on android
Yes, You can hide contacts on Android. Even you can hide contacts on a PC or iPhone. Most of the Android Devices have built-in Option Hide and unhide contacts. Even if your device doesn’t have an inbuilt option. You can use an app for it. There are also several apps on Playstore to Hide contacts or Apps.
Why My contacts are Not showing up
This may be due to problems with Syncing or other settings. Check that contacts are not hidden and “Display contacts from” or “Contacts to Display” is set to all instead of either to SIM or phone. Go to settings and set it to All.
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How to Hide Contacts on Android
In this method, We will show a general method to hide contacts that are applicable for all smartphones. Skip to the next method if you own a Samsung device. This method not may work for all devices. Below are some of the device-specific methods.
Step 1: Go to contacts and select an individual contact by clicking or tapping on it.
Step 2: Now select Edit or click on Pencil Icon to Edit the contact.
Step 3: Scroll Down till you see Additional Information. On some devices, you can find it by clicking on 3 dots.
Step 4: Check the Hide option and click on save. Your contact will be saved and Hidden.
How to Hide Contacts on Samsung
Settings on Samsung on slightly different from others smartphones. if you own a Samsung device using this method instead of the above method. Not all smartphones have this feature. If this doesn’t work. Then Go to the next method which is performed using an external app.
Step 1: Go to Settings on your Samsung smartphone.
Step 2: Go To Biometrics and security and then scroll down to Secure Folder and Tap on it.
Step 3: Click on continue. If you are not logged in you will be asked to sign in.
Step 4: Click on the Lock type and Select Lock Type. You can choose PIN, password, Pattern, or biometrics.
Step 5: Set the lock and confirm it. You can also add optional options such as biometrics. Including biometrics will be helpful for faster access.
Step 6: Go to Contacts and select the contact you want to hide. Then click on Info or edit.
Step 7: Click on the 3 dots on the top right side. You will be listed with options.
Step 8: Select or click on Move to Secure Folder. You will be asked to provide a password. Unlock and you are ready to Go.
By this, you have hidden contact on your Samsung device. You can find the hidden contacts in the secure folder. To find the folder using the search option.
How to Hide Contacts using External App
In this method, We will be using the App called HiCont.
Step 1: Download HiCont from Playstore. You can also use other Apps.
Step 2: Open the app and proceed with it. Give the app Required permission. it only requires permission to access contacts
Step 3: You will be asked to Select lock type. You can select Calculator, Pattern, or Number Password. Select the one you like. Most people prefer Calculator Lock to hide contacts.
Step 4: You will be asked to create a lock. Enter the PIN, password, or pattern and confirm it.
Step 5: Add the Recovery mail, so that you won’t lose contacts. Even if you forgot the Lock Key or PIN. You can still get your contacts back using The recovery Mail. It can also be used to Reset the PIN.
Step 6: Select the Contacts which you want to hide by tapping on the hiding Symbol. You will be asked to confirm. Click ok.
Now you have successful hidden the contacts. You can find Hidden contacts By going to hidden contacts on the App.
You can Unhide the contacts by selecting contacts and Tapping on hiding/Unhide.
How to Hide contacts in Google Contacts
Step 1: Open up your browser and type https://contacts.google.com/ in an address bar and press enter. You cant Hide Contacts using the google Contacts apps. hence we are going to use the web version.
Step 2: Sign in with your Account and continue. Make sure you sign in with the account that you used to store contacts. If there are no contacts on your google account then you have to move it to your account.
Step 3: Select the contacts that you want to hide and click on the edit Option.
Step 4: Click on the 3 dots and select Hide from Contacts. The selected Contacts will be Hidden.
How to Hide Contacts Saved on SIM
This is the easiest method and works on all devices. It even works on older versions of android. You can also use this method on non-android devices and basic phones.
Step 1: Move the contacts which you want to Hide to SIM. If there are any contacts on your SIM that you don’t want to Hide, Move them out of the SIM.
Step 2: Go to your Apps and select contacts.
Step 3: Click on the 3 vertical dots or menu option and select settings.
Step 4: Scroll down and Select Display preferences.
Step 5: Select Display contacts only from Phone or Other sources.
Step 6: This feature is almost every smartphone. But, they may be under different settings.
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How to Hide Contacts without Numbers on Android
Sometimes Contacts without Phone numbers are annoying. you may have saved them for different reasons. Whatever your reasons are hiding them would be the better option.
Step 1: Open your contacts app. Then navigate to settings.
Step 2: Settings option can be either found by clicking on the Menu option or 3 Vertical dots.
Step 3: Select preferences or Find Hide contacts without numbers.
Step 4: Tap on it and now your contacts without a phone number will be hidden.
How to Hide Contacts without Numbers on Samsung
Have to got fed up of contacts without number on Samsung. If so, This method will be helpful for you. Find the settings on Samsung is somewhat tricky in some versions. Hence we are using an alternate method. Hide contacts without numbers is available in call settings instead of on contacts settings.
Step 1: Open your Dialpad on your Samsung smartphone. Then go to Contacts. You can directly access settings hence go to contacts through a dial-pad.
Step 2: Now click or tap on 3 vertical Dots and then tap on settings. The call settings menu will appear.
Step 3: In the Call Settings, Scroll down to the bottom and tap on other call settings.
Step 4: Turn Hide contacts without numbers to On. Now the contacts without numbers will be hidden in Samsung.
How to find hidden contacts on Android and Unhide it
Follow the same step that you used to hide to Unhide the contacts on Android.
Step 1: Open your android smartphone and head to Contacts
Step 2: Then click on the menu or 3 Vertical dots. then scroll down and select Hidden contacts.
Step 3: All the hidden contacts will be listed. Select the contacts that you want to unhide and tap unhide
How to find hidden Contacts on Samsung
Step 1: Open the Secure Folder on your Smartphone.
Step 2: Unlock it using Pattern or PIN
Step 3: Then tap on the contacts among other options.
Step 4: All the hidden contacts will be listed. Select the Contacts that you want to Unhide.
Step 5: You can Move contacts out of Secure Folder
How to find hidden Contacts in Google Contacts
Step 1: Go to Google contacts or https://contacts.google.com/ in your smartphone
Step 2: Tap or click on Menu settings. Then select your Account.
Step 3: Click On hidden contacts. All the hidden contacts will be shown.
Step 4: Now you can view or unhide those contact.
How to Hide your Number while calling others
Have to notice an incoming call without a Number, even you can do it. This helps you to prevent your number shown in other devices. This trick only works temporarily.
Step 1: Open your Dialpad and Type *-6-7, Then enter the number you want to call.
Step 2: The number on the Receiving device is shown As private or Other related words.
Step 3: This is a free trick and You need to enter the *-6-7 every time before you make the call.