Show Hidden Applications in Blackberry Home Screen

Posted September 4, 2005 by Quinn McHenry in Blackberry

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.


About Quinn McHenry

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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  • Anonymous

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

  • Man36548

    you are talking about applications that already in folders buddy ,

  • Stevengarcia

    it doesnt work


    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

  • Rikkileeinfiction

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

  • Nina

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

    • Theoriginalcolocho

      nothign ;/

  • Nina

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

  • Anonymous

    not working

  • Foxxy_cleopattra

    thanks heaps.. 😀

  • Suzette

    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!

  • Guest

    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

  • guest

    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.

  • tammy

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

  • spice

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

  • Javier

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

    Good Luck!


  • Marloes

    It works Thanx you

  • stephen

    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???

  • Reyhan

    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))

  • vscott

    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.

    • Melissa

      Hi vscott,

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

      Please assist. Thanks 🙂

      • dee

        > Same problem…where is my world app 🙁

  • kgomotso

    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.

  • mike okiro

    It doesn’t worki

  • sigmund

    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

  • Alfredo

    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?

  • Charlotte

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

  • okoliko abraham

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

  • amanda

    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 ?

  • elias

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

  • Ellie

    It works!! Thank you!!

  • Bunny

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

  • leandra

    WoW you are a life saver Thank You very much

  • Mapurisa Tinashe

    Thnx a lot it wrks

  • Kiran Shah

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

  • adunola olawuni

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

  • Lucio

    Thanks, it helped me very well.

  • siyonani kamanga

    Can’t access to hidden blackberry icons

  • badejo tosin

    Tank u sir, I really appreciate u, av been trying 2 solve dis but I can’t until I saw d solution u post

  • lorn

    I have a Q5 and don’t have a scroll wheel. I suspect someone has put a spy app on my phone and it’s hidden, how do I find it?