OnePlus’ OxygenOS also comes with extensive privacy features. Hidden Space is a secret launcher where you can hide apps that you want to keep private. Or, if you figure you’re wasting too much time on an app, you can stash it in a hidden space so you will not use it as much. The hidden apps aren’t displayed in the recent menu either. And you can toggle off all notification alerts from those apps.
Hidden Space used to be easily accessible, but since the ColorOS merger, you can no longer find the hidden apps through a simple swipe in the app launcher. Instead, you have to open the stock dialer app and punch in the Hidden Space password to access it.
To create a Hidden Space (via OnePlus),
1. Go to “Settings”, then “Privacy”, then “Hide Apps”.
2. You’ll be asked to create an access code to get started — a four-digit PIN followed and preceded by hashtags.
3. Next, toggle the switch for each app you wish to hide from the launcher. Enable “Hide notifications” for hidden apps if you wish to.
4. Then, navigate back to Home, and you’ll find all selected apps have vanished.
To access the hidden app space, open the default Phone app. And punch in the PIN code (with the hashtags included). For added security, OxygenOS also has a native app lock. You’ll find App Lock in the Privacy Dashboard, right next to Private Safe, where you can hide sensitive files and media (via OnePlus YouTube).