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Hide apps from the launcher and Just Type (homebrew) 8

by Adam Marks Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:04 am EST

If you have any icons that are cluttering your app launcher for apps that you don’t want to (or can't) uninstall and just want to hide the icon, there is a quick homebrew fix that will help you out. By following the steps below, you will totally hide the icon from both the App Launcher and Just Type, essentially making the app invisible to webOS and preventing any way to directly launch the app. However, you are still able to access the app if there is a way to launch it using Quick Search/Quick Actions or from within another app. This can be useful for exhibition-only apps that will never be directly launched or for hiding things like the Phone app if you are using the device as Wi-Fi only.

The easiest way to do this is to have Internalz Pro from Jason Robitaille (available in Preware or webOS Quick Install) installed on your device and follow the following steps

  • On your device, open Internalz Pro
  • Swipe down from the top-left corner to bring down the Internalz Pro Application dropdown menu and select "Preferences"
  • Scroll to the bottom of Preferences and ensure that "Master mode" is turned on. If you need to turn it on, be sure to select "YES" to the warning prompt.
  • On phones you need to back-swipe or on the TouchPad you need to swipe down from the top-left corner to bring down the Internalz Pro Application dropdown menu and select "Close" to return to Internalz Pro
  • Locate the directory for the app that you wish to hide.
    • Some system apps like Phone, Email, PDF Viewer are usually in the /usr/palm/applications folder, while installed apps are in /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/.
    • However, with the latest webOS 3.0.5 update for the TouchPad, many of those stock system apps may also be found in /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/
  • Open the app folder and find the appinfo.json file. Tap on the file and select "Open"
  • Find the line of text that starts with "icon" (it will look like "icon":"icon.png").
  • Insert a new line below that and type in:
    • "visible": false,
  • Of course, if there is already a "visible" line with "true" you can just change the "true" to "false"
  • Be sure that you have that comma at the end of the line!
  • Access the Internalz Pro preferences again and turn off Master Mode
  • After the next time you reboot your phone or TouchPad, the app will no longer appear on your App Launcher but will still be installed on your device

Thanks to drewksparks in our forums for this tip

 

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Nice tip, thanks! I am going to be setting up a couple of TouchPads for the sole purpose of running an employee time/job/activity tracking app (via Splashtop Remote Desktop connecting to a VM). The employees using these aren't supposed to use them for anything else. The firewall will keep them off the internet, so most of the apps will be non-functional anyway, but if I can hide the bulk of the apps then so much the better.

wouldn't an app for this be great? :)

Will this need to be undone before the next update?

For some reason my .json file does not open as an editable text file. Any suggestions??

Did you put Internalz Pro into Master Mode?

Thanks for the tip. This is great. However, I'm trying to kill Voice Dialing and not having any luck. I inserted the line "visible": false, which didn't work. Then I edited the line "removable": from false to true and the app still works. I hate the Voice Dialing app because it starts of its own volition sometimes and I never use it (intentionally). Any ideas? Thanks.

That's a life saver. My 26 month old daughter somehow likes to go to "device info" then eventually go to "erase device" following the red buttons. I have been wondering if there is a way to hide the icon for a while now.

Much preferable to installing separate patches for each icon. Thanks!

NOW, how to eliminate that annoying Sprint portal icon?! usr/palm/applications/com.palm.app.sprintportal/12022008 This method doesn't work for the Sprint portal icon even when I change "com.palm.app.browser", "removable": false to true. ???