Android readies ‘Private Space’ for apps you want to keep hidden | Phones

There’s a wealth of Android apps available, but among those are some you’d rather stay hidden when you’re not using them. You know the ones. The latest Android preview shows Google is working to bring a new “Private Space” to safeguard your most sensitive apps.

It’s all too common to want to keep Android apps hidden, with quite a few launchers offering a way to hide or disguise an app from onlookers. OnePlus and Samsung both even offer a built-in way to stash apps into a “Hidden Space,” ensuring your privacy stays intact if you ever need to hand your phone to someone else.

With the release of Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2, we’re learning that Google is preparing its own answer to hidden apps, a new feature dubbed “Private Space.”

Hide private apps in a secure space that only you can access

Setting up Private Space…

According to the introductory text, Android’s Private Space can be found by default as a new icon at the bottom of the app drawer.

You can access Private Space from the bottom of your apps list

Or, if you prefer, you can also hide your use of Private Space. If you go this route, it seems you’ll have to search for “Private Space” to make it appear manually. It appears there may also be a Quick Settings tile for locking and unlocking Private Space.

Tap on Security & privacy > Private Space > Hide Private Space when locked

“Search for ‘Private Space’ in the search bar”

Google has helpfully included an early visual preview of how Private Space will work, seen below.

One benefit of Private Space being built into Android itself is that the apps won’t solely…

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