Show Hidden Applications in Blackberry Home Screen

If you (or your seven-year-old) have hidden applications on your Blackberry, it is simple to view them again. This Tech-Recipes tutorial explains how this is done.

You can use these instructions to view applications that have been inadvertantly hidden on your Blackberry.

From the home screen, press the alt key (crescent moon) and press the scroll wheel. In the menu that pops up, select Show All and click the scroll wheel. Applications that are hidden are now visible and have an X through them.

To make hidden applications invisible again, repeat the process above.


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Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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38 Responses to “Show Hidden Applications in Blackberry Home Screen”

  1. September 29, 2009 at 3:46 am, Anonymous said:

    its not working, there’s no ‘show all’ option on mine.


  2. June 24, 2010 at 5:41 pm, Man36548 said:

    you are talking about applications that already in folders buddy ,


  3. October 26, 2010 at 12:06 am, Stevengarcia said:

    it doesnt work


  4. December 09, 2010 at 2:42 am, BEATRICE_ said:

    it isnt workin i m usin the torch and it jus shows the apps that are open ,
    im unable to view the bb app world HELP ! PLEASE


  5. December 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm, Rikkileeinfiction said:

    omg life saved, i played with moms phone and hide them haha! and im 18! oops!
    Thanks heeeaps


  6. December 13, 2010 at 2:57 am, Nina said:

    guys help!!!!!! i just hided my sms folder and cant read my messages…..and this doesnt help me at all!!!!!!!


    • May 01, 2011 at 8:03 am, Theoriginalcolocho said:

      nothign ;/


  7. December 13, 2010 at 3:00 am, Nina said:

    in menue that pops out i dont have Show All option…..why??????


  8. January 03, 2011 at 12:49 pm, Anonymous said:

    not working


  9. February 16, 2011 at 7:05 am, Foxxy_cleopattra said:

    thanks heaps.. :D


  10. March 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm, Suzette said:

    Doesn’t work for me too. Have even tried Resetting the Theme, none of them worked. I can’t find the apps that I have had downloaded even in the DOWNLOADS folder. Have tried looking for answers in every forum but there’s no fix. Whew. Now my problem is I can’t see my BBM!


  11. March 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm, Guest said:

    shame guys: i am using the torch and it works.Press aA(SHIFT NOT ALT), then press the menu once ==> an option to show all will display ==> then vola


  12. April 05, 2011 at 4:00 am, guest said:

    on the curve 9300, clicking the menu (blackberry key) anywhere on the home screen brings up the show all option. Hidden icons appear greyed out until you cursor over them and click menu again to toggle “hide” on or off.


  13. September 16, 2011 at 9:37 am, tammy said:

    i have hidden all the applications cannot get them back
    and have app error 523
    please help


  14. October 25, 2011 at 8:55 am, spice said:

    well worked kinda…its just that the recovered icons look all ghostly now…transparent


  15. October 26, 2011 at 5:10 am, Javier said:

    Go into your application list and hit menu>Show All. Then highlight the missing icon and hit Menu> (and uncheck Hide Icon)

    Good Luck!



  16. December 11, 2011 at 9:38 am, Marloes said:

    It works Thanx you


  17. March 18, 2012 at 4:51 am, stephen said:

    help guys PLEASE, im using a curve 9360, in the panel view on my home screen no apps show up in any of the panels except the all one. everything was fine until i put a memory card in the phone now all of a sudden none of the media apps r in the media panel, etc….what can be done to fix this problem???


  18. August 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm, Reyhan said:

    The “show all” will only appear if you have a hidden icon. If you did not hide anything, the “show all” will not appear. OF COURSE! It’s all icons are already shown! That’s why people said it doesn’t work! It works on my 8520, 9360, 9810. (Not Show Of ( Not all are mine))


  19. November 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm, vscott said:

    I downloaded the last upgrade for BB app world.. all of my hidden icons appeared and my BB app world disappered. So I figured out hose to go back to hiding the icons that were flagged as ‘hidden’, but even when showing ‘Show All’ the BB App World isn’t appearing. Help! note: I know it’s installed because when I went to download it I was prompted that I already had version did I want to replace it; which I did. Thanks for any help. Oh.. BB Torch 9800.


    • December 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm, Melissa said:

      Hi vscott,

      I have the same problem with my 9800. Have u found a solution?

      Please assist. Thanks :)


      • February 13, 2013 at 8:54 am, dee said:

        > Same problem…where is my world app :(


  20. November 29, 2012 at 6:56 am, kgomotso said:

    I cannot view anything thing on my media card. The only way to view them is when I select show hidden, how do I make them visible not hidden.


  21. December 09, 2012 at 1:05 pm, mike okiro said:

    It doesn’t worki


  22. December 13, 2012 at 6:02 am, sigmund said:

    cannot get bb app world and bbm back on my fone…bb torch 9800…the above comments are not helping..its showing the two things on the device but not on the tray as an icon. pls help thanks


  23. January 03, 2013 at 7:46 pm, Alfredo said:

    Blackberry Bold 9780
    As many of you, I’ve lost a recently downloaded app, the Blackberry app world to be exact, and although I can see it in the Application Management folder of the device, I simply can’t find it to use it. I’ve already gone through the “Show All” process and looked into every folder and just can’t find it. does any one know what should be done?


  24. January 16, 2013 at 6:11 am, Charlotte said:

    Thank you thank you thank you what a brilliant man – phone now working properly again.


  25. January 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm, okoliko abraham said:

    I upgraded blackberry app world on my blackberry phone and I can’t found the icon again. What do I do?


  26. May 07, 2013 at 9:03 am, amanda said:

    my blackberry won’t go on the home screen i can’t do anything with it i’ve been told it needs the softwear updated but i can’t seem to do it the home screen just comes up white and it keeps crashing but if i press the blackberry button it will let me go on messages web browser what’s wrong with it ?


  27. June 14, 2013 at 10:16 am, elias said:

    my bb 8520 doesn’t show app world on home screen but it does appear on the option


  28. July 02, 2013 at 2:39 am, Ellie said:

    It works!! Thank you!!


  29. July 10, 2013 at 5:53 am, Bunny said:

    WTF…….dude nothing happens when I press alt on my homescreen?


  30. December 04, 2013 at 5:38 am, leandra said:

    WoW you are a life saver Thank You very much


  31. December 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm, Mapurisa Tinashe said:

    Thnx a lot it wrks


  32. December 27, 2013 at 4:12 am, Kiran Shah said:

    Thanks. it worked . I could bring the hidden app on screen.


  33. December 27, 2013 at 6:35 am, adunola olawuni said:

    Thank u so much Quinn Mchenry.ur tutorial really helped me.God bless u


  34. February 03, 2014 at 3:09 pm, Lucio said:

    Thanks, it helped me very well.


  35. March 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm, siyonani kamanga said:

    Can’t access to hidden blackberry icons


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