How to Make an Invisible Folder

This minHour teaches you how to create a hidden folder. You can create hidden folders on both Windows and Mac computers as well as on Android smartphones and tablets. Although you can't technically create a hidden folder on an iPhone, a glitch in iOS 11 allows you to temporarily remove a folder of apps from the Home Screen while still keeping the apps on your iPhone.

On Windows

Open File Explorer.

Click the folder-shaped File Explorer app icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, or press ⊞ Win+E.

  • You can also open File Explorer by typing file explorer into Start and then clicking File Explorer in the resulting pop-up menu.

Select a location for your invisible folder.

Click the folder in which you want to store your invisible folder on the far-left side of the File Explorer window.

  • For example, to create a new folder in the Documents folder, you’d click Documents here.

Right-click a blank space in the folder.

This prompts a drop-down menu.

Select New.

This option is near the top of the drop-down menu. A pop-out menu will appear.

Click Folder.

It’s at the top of the pop-out menu. Doing so creates a new folder in your selected location.

Name your folder.

Type in whatever you want to name your hidden folder, then press ↵ Enter.

Click your folder once, then right-click it.

This will prompt a drop-down menu with options for your folder.

Click Properties.

It’s at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the Properties window for your folder.

Check the “Hidden” box.

This option is near the bottom of the Properties window.

Click OK.

It’s at the bottom of the window. The folder will turn transparent if your folder options allow you to see hidden folders; otherwise, it will disappear entirely.

  • If you have files or folders inside of the folder you’re hiding, you’ll be prompted to select either Apply changes to this folder only or Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files and then click OK before continuing.

Turn off viewing for hidden items if necessary.

If your hidden folder appears transparent but you can still see it, your computer allows viewing for hidden items. You can fix this by doing the following:

  • Click the View tab at the top of the File Explorer window.
  • Uncheck the “Hidden items” box in the “Show/hide” section of the View tab.

On Mac

Open Finder.

Click the Finder app icon, which resembles a blue face, in the Dock.

Select a location in which to save your folder.

Your Mac’s folders are located on the left side of the Finder window; clicking a location will open it in the Finder.

  • For example, you’d click Documents to open the Documents folder.

Click the File menu item.

It’s in the upper-left side of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

Click New Folder.

This option is near the top of the drop-down menu. Doing so will create a new folder in your current location.

Name your folder.

Type in a folder name and press ⏎ Return.

Click Spotlight.

This option is in the top-right corner of the screen. A text box will appear in the middle of the screen.

Open Terminal.

Type terminal into the Spotlight search bar, then double-click in the results.

Type chflags hidden into Terminal.

Make sure you leave a space after “chflags” and “hidden” and don’t press ⏎ Return after typing in this command.

Move the folder into Terminal.

Click and drag the folder you want to hide right onto the Terminal window and let go. This drops the folder’s information into the Terminal command you started typing. You should now see the folder’s address appear after “chflags hidden ” in the Terminal window.

  • For example, if you’re hiding a folder named “Rutabaga” on your Mac’s desktop, you’ll see something like this: chflags hidden /Users/name/Desktop/Rutabaga

Press ⏎ Return.

This will hide the folder from view completely, though if your Mac is set to view hidden folders, the folder will simply appear greyed-out.

  • To remove hidden folders from view, open the Finder and then press .

On Android

Install ES File Explorer.

ES File Explorer is a commonly used file manager that you can use to create folders on your Android; it can also unhide hidden folders if need be, making it easy to find your folder later. To install it, do the following:

  • Open the  Google Play Store.
  • Tap the search bar.
  • Type in es file.
  • Tap ES File Explorer File Manager in the list of results.
  • Tap INSTALL, then tap ALLOW if prompted.

Open ES File Explorer.

Tap in the Google Play Store, or tap the ES File Explorer app icon in your Android’s App Drawer.

Navigate though the initial setup.

Swipe through the introduction screens, then tap at the bottom of the screen. You can then tap in the top-right corner of the “What’s New” pop-up.

Open a storage location.

Tap the storage location (e.g., ) at the top of the page.

Select a folder.

Tap the folder in which you want to create an invisible folder.

  • If you don’t know which folder to choose, tap the Documents folder.

Create a new folder.

To add a new folder to the current location, do the following:

  • Tap New.
  • Tap Folder in the pop-up menu.
  • Enter a name for your folder.
  • Tap OK.

Hide the folder.

Hiding a folder on Android is accomplished by placing a period before the folder’s name. You can add the period by renaming your folder:

  • Long-press the folder to select it.
  • Tap Rename at the bottom of the screen.
  • Place your cursor before the first letter in the folder’s name (for example, if the folder is named “Hidden”, you would have the cursor to the left of the “H”).
  • Add a period before the name (e.g., the “Hidden” folder would become “.Hidden”).
  • Tap OK.

View the folder if necessary.

If you ever want to view the hidden folder, you can do so from within ES File Explorer’s settings:

  • Tap ☰ in the upper-left side of the screen to prompt a pop-out menu.
  • Tap Show hidden files near the bottom of the menu.
  • Go back to the location of the hidden folder.

On iPhone

Understand how this glitch works.

By placing the apps you want to hide in a folder and then moving that folder while simultaneously opening Siri, you can cause your iPhone to glitch out and remove the folder of apps from the Home Screen.

  • This will most likely take a few tries to get right, as the timing of swiping away your apps’ folder while opening Siri requires some practice.
  • If you don’t have Siri enabled on your iPhone, enable Siri before proceeding.
  • You cannot use this method to hide photos on your iPhone.

Create a folder with the apps you want to hide.

If the apps you want to hide aren’t already in a folder, do the following:

  • Lightly tap and hold an app until it starts shaking.
  • Tap and drag the app onto another app, then release the app after a second.
  • Drag other apps into the folder that formed when you dropped the first app.

Lightly tap and hold the folder.

You’ll need to keep holding this folder as you proceed.

Hold down the Home button with your other hand.

This will cause Siri to pop up after a second or so.

  • On an iPhone X, you’ll hold down the side button to launch Siri.

Swipe the app folder down as soon as Siri appears.

If you time this correctly, the folder should turn transparent and then disappear.

  • You can press the Home button (or swipe up on an iPhone X) to close Siri after this point.
  • If your folder is still on the Home Screen, try again.

Access your hidden apps.

Though the apps aren’t visible, you can still use them:

  • Swipe down from the middle of your iPhone’s screen to bring up Spotlight Search.
  • Type in the name of the hidden app that you want to open.
  • Tap the app’s name in the “APPLICATIONS” section of results.

Unhide the apps.

Restarting your iPhone will unhide the apps and move them back onto your Home Screen. Your apps will be moved out of their folder, and they may appear in a different order than they were in when you first moved them.

  • It’s best to power down your iPhone by holding the Power button, then swiping right the slide to power off switch, and then holding the Power button to turn it back on. Your iPhone may overheat if you force-restart it instead.
  • Your apps will also be unhidden if your iPhone updates.


  • If your iPhone somehow deletes the apps you hide, you can always reinstall the apps for free from your iPhone’s App Store. This applies to past purchases as well.


  • Hidden folders are not encrypted, and they can be found by plenty of free software. As such, you should never store sensitive information in a hidden folder if it’s on a shared computer.

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