How to Hide Certain Text Messages on Android

How to Hide Certain Text Messages on Android
How to Hide Certain Text Messages on Android

If you want to keep certain text messages private on your Android phone or tablet, there are a couple of different options you can use.

With just a few taps, you can hide sensitive SMS conversations so they don’t show up in your main messaging app.

Hide Texts Using App Lock

One of the easiest ways to hide text messages on Android is by using a lock screen app.

These apps allow you to lock down specific apps with a PIN, pattern, or fingerprint lock.

Here’s how to hide messages using App Lock:

  1. Download and install an App Lock app like Norton App Lock from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the app and enable locks for your messaging app(s).
  3. Set a PIN, pattern, or fingerprint lock to secure the apps.

Once you set up locks, your messaging apps will only be accessible after authenticating with your chosen lock method.

This allows you to quickly hide texts from prying eyes.

Hide Individual Text Threads

Alternatively, you can hide specific text message threads right within your default messaging app:

  1. Open the text conversation you want to hide.
  2. Tap and hold the conversation.
  3. Select “Hide alerts” or “Hide conversation.”

Hidden conversations won’t show up in your main messages list, but remain saved in the app.

To view them, open your messaging app menu and look for an option like “Archived,” “Hidden,” or “Blocked conversations.

Permanently Delete Texts

If you want to completely remove a text conversation, you can delete the messages instead of just hiding them:

  1. Open the conversation you want to delete.
  2. Tap and hold the conversation.
  3. Choose “Delete conversation.”

The texts will be permanently erased from your messaging app.

This is ideal if you no longer want any record of the conversation on your phone.


Can hidden texts be recovered?

In most cases, hidden conversations can be unhidden later if you need to access them again.
However, deleted texts cannot be recovered.

Will hiding texts delete them?

No, hiding text conversations simply archives them and removes them from view.
The texts remain saved in your messaging app.


Hiding private messages takes just a few taps and helps keep your sensitive conversations truly private.

Try using a lock screen app or your messaging app’s built-in archive features to hide texts on your Android device.

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