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Most of us love sharing selfies, nature snaps, and family photos with our friends. It’s those embarrassing, not-for-public-viewing media that we want to keep private. Fortunately, some excellent Android apps are available to hide pictures and videos from prying eyes. These applications offer various features such as decoy apps, stealth mode, PIN protection, and military-grade encryption technology to ensure your “treasured” media isn’t accessible to just anybody.
Most of the apps in this list also protect applications and text messages. All are free, but most can be upgraded to premium in case you want to unlock additional features. Some free applications boast about features that are only available in a premium version, so read each app description carefully before subscribing to a paid app. Let’s find out how these applications can protect your media and keep private photos and videos hidden from intruders.
This virtual safe can protect your pictures, videos, and even apps. You can also keep SMS messages, call logs, and contacts away from prying eyes thanks to its special “private contact” feature that hides all your important stuff.
Most importantly, Vault’s password-protection feature ensures all pictures and movies are kept hidden and locked in a private place. You can view your photos and videos only after entering the correct passcode. The premium version has a nifty feature where the app takes advantage of your device’s front-facing camera to take snaps of any intruders attempting to view your hidden photographs. This feature can only be activated on devices running Android 2.3 or higher.
There are plenty more features in the premium version, including a decoy vault feature, cloud storage, and a stealth mode where you can hide your Vault’s icon on your home screen. But I recommend downloading the free version if photo and video protection is your main objective. In addition to media protection, there are bonus features like app lock—which allows you to password-protect an Android application—and protection for text messages, call logs, and Facebook messages.
2. Video Locker
A virtual locker for your videos, this free application secures your videos by moving them to a secret location on your device. The hidden media is then encrypted using advanced 128 AES encryption. This ensures total protection as the videos can’t be located even if the intruder steals your SD card. They are locked, kept safely in some unknown location on your phone!
The application uses a secret PIN method to hide media. You just need to type in the pass code to view your hidden videos. Another great aspect of Video Locker is that the app can be made completely invisible and won’t show in the "recent apps" list. It also has a special mode in which it auto-locks itself, if your device goes into sleep mode before you close the app. You can save your videos into folders and lock individual folders.
Video Locker is optimized for tablet PCs and has a very nice user interface. If you forget your PIN, the app will email it to you. The premium version removes all ads and has a special stealth mode that replaces the app with a simple calculator. You should download the free version if you don’t want these features.
3. Hide It Pro
Your snoopy friend will try his best to search for photos and videos on your Android phone, but won’t find any. That’s because all media is kept hidden behind a harmless-looking (and fully functioning) audio player. It’s your secret stash, and nobody will ever discover it unless they long-press on the app. A single tap only reveals virtual volume buttons.
The app lets you put pictures and videos into different folders. You can then sort files or folders by name and multi-select those files that you want to hide. The app also has a slideshow and video player option that allows you to view media without needing to unhide them and take them out of the app. Other features include a lock screen option and an encryption tool to protect and lock applications and files.
Hide It Pro is totally free and one of the best Android apps to hide photos and videos on your device. The application takes the cake for the most cleverly disguised app.
Hide It Pro Video Review by Talk Android
Vaulty offers a private gallery that hides media from the main gallery. Once you have transferred your private pictures and videos, simply lock the app using a PIN or a text password. What’s unique about this app is that it uses your phone’s front-facing camera to automatically take pictures of an intruder trying to snoop in your secret gallery. This feature is available in the premium version of Vault, but is totally free to use in Vaulty.
The app also lets you take a backup of your hidden videos and pictures (although to use this offer you have to subscribe to the app’s cloud storage feature). The online backup is actually pretty useful if your phone is lost or broken. You can retrieve media to your new device.
Vaulty is a great private image gallery, with a nice user interface. It offers amazing photo and video management features, including slideshow, photo editing, secret camera, filters, and image renaming.
AppLock is normally used to password-protect your SMS, contacts, apps, calls, and Gmail. But it can also hide images and videos. Just select pictures and type in your PIN to lock them away behind the PIN pad. You can view them only after entering the correct PIN. You can also hide the app icon, and then easily open it by typing a password on your dial pad. And if you fear that your app might be uninstalled, then just password-protect it via "advanced settings." A person won’t be able to uninstall it unless he or she keys in the correct password.
The free version offers only app, video, and photo protection. The application uses little memory or power. Overall, it’s a decent app, but offers only basic features in the free version.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Anurag (author) on October 04, 2019:
@KEPSZ Thanks for the heads up!
KEPSZ on October 02, 2019:
Gallery vault is removed from playstore and it says it's a harmful app.
sliderLabo on October 25, 2015:
I had problem with my girlfriend because she was trying to go through all my SMS and call logs.
Now after i found the LEOMASTER app this is past.
Best tool for securing your privacy
thenyan on October 20, 2015:
None of the above . hiden videos can be seen throughout file managers and directory listing
hamma on May 05, 2015:
suggest me some tracing app
Htun Wonna on May 02, 2015:
Thank a lot
anand on April 30, 2015:
good work and very informative
jinesh on March 30, 2015:
Anurag (author) on February 05, 2015:
Hezekiah from Japan on February 05, 2015:
Thanks a lot for the info
Anurag (author) on February 05, 2015:
Richard de Mey from Scottsdale, Arizona on January 13, 2015:
good infornation i been using video locker for a long time.. great to keep from prying eyes
Josh Alber on January 13, 2015:
Great app LOL. Will really look into it because there are some photos which I would really want to keep them private :D
Tim Anthony on November 19, 2014:
Informative hub! It’s great advantage that we are having such vast collection of apps that can hide our photos and videos and maintain our privacy. Even the best part is that they can be downloaded free.
Tim Anthony on November 18, 2014:
Useful hub! Luckily, we have got a number of apps in Google Playstore which lets us hide our photos and videos that we prefer to keep private. The best part is most of them can be downloaded free on a normal level but for more privacy, they are paid. Thanks for sharing such a great info!
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on September 02, 2014:
It is always good to up date with android. I love android. Android gave me the opportunity to conect with the wifi using my old tablet. Thanks to android. I like your hub. It is an excellent article mister techtric.
Anurag (author) on September 01, 2014:
Hezekiah from Japan on August 31, 2014:
Actually very useful for many people who have very sensitive data.
Sebastian on August 23, 2014:
Hi. Please help me to resolve this issue. Some videos after being locked you can't play, message pop out: error can't play the video.
LockSDCardAndroidDIE on August 20, 2014:
Nothing work properly on SD card once Kitkat is installed. Google has killed Android, we may as well use iOS, at least it is much more stable.
david on August 02, 2014:
Is it all working on Kitkat device?
jane on August 01, 2014:
Mark on July 03, 2014:
Are there any of these apps that will store images/videos on the SD card on KitKat devices?
Anurag (author) on July 01, 2014:
Anurag (author) on June 28, 2014:
Thank you, JemuelO.
Jemuel from Cebu, Philippines on June 28, 2014:
I agree, there are some photos and videos that are best kept in a private place. It is not necessary that our selfies be shown publicly at all times. Thank you for this very useful list of android apps. I will surely try them. Voted up and useful.
santosh on June 09, 2014:
how to see hide videos and pictures in gallery vault in any other way
Anurag (author) on May 13, 2014:
wali on May 13, 2014:
Rajesh Bhuin from India on April 23, 2014:
I have tried the gallery vault app and it is not bad. Applock is a very useful app too. Anyway, a good list and I'll try some of these apps for hiding some stuffs in my phone which I do not wish others to see.
saif ullah on April 20, 2014:
Wow Nice and Informative
Muhammad Iqbal from Indonesia on March 22, 2014:
Very useful lists. Thanks.
Anurag (author) on January 12, 2014:
@aditya @andrew Thank you.
Anurag (author) on January 12, 2014:
Varsha from India on January 12, 2014:
Andrew Channing from UK on January 10, 2014:
Very useful. Thank you
Adityapullagurla on January 10, 2014:
Anurag (author) on January 09, 2014:
Hezekiah from Japan on January 09, 2014:
Nice, I never thought about these type of apps before. Very useful.
Anurag (author) on January 08, 2014:
Dean Walsh from Birmingham, England on January 08, 2014:
Interesting hub, I almost wish I had something interesting and exciting enough to want to hide it! Voted up.