6 Best Apps to Hide Pictures and Videos on Android

Most of us love sharing selfies, nature snaps, and family photos with our friends. It’s those embarrassing, not-meant-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 app, 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 can be upgraded to premium in case you want to avail 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 media and keep them hidden from intruders.

1. Vault

This virtual safe can protect your pictures, videos and even apps. You can also keep SMS, call logs, and contacts away from prying eyes, thanks to its special “private contact” feature that hides all your important stuff.

Most important, 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 pass code. The premium version has a nifty feature where the app takes advantage of your device’s front-facing camera to take snaps of an intruder attempting to view 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 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. Besides media protection, there are bonus features like app lock, which allows you to password-protect an Android application, as well as protection for SMS, 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.

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4. Vaulty

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.

5. AppLock

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.


6. Gallery Vault

Android users of Gallery Vault can hide the application's icon, and import media to a safe location set up by the application. In other words, Gallery Vault offers a free stealth mode, a feature otherwise available only on paid apps.

The app has a simple user interface. All files hidden by the app are encrypted. After you launch the app by keying in the correct pass code, you can browse all media inside the app. The media browser design allows for a smooth photo and video viewing experience. Taking advantage of your phone’s accelerometer, the app offers a unique “shake” feature that lets you close the app immediately by just shaking your phone.

Gallery Vault’s clean interface, unique stealth mode, and the nifty shake mode are features to look out for.

Which Of These Apps Provide the Best Video and Photo Protection

  • Vaulty
  • Video Locker
  • Hide It Pro
  • Gallery Vault
  • AppLock
  • Vault
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electronician 2 years ago from Birmingham, England

Interesting hub, I almost wish I had something interesting and exciting enough to want to hide it! Voted up.

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Thank You!

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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Nice, I never thought about these type of apps before. Very useful.

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Thank You.

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Adityapullagurla 2 years ago from Sydney

Very Useful

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Andrew Channing 2 years ago from UK

Very useful. Thank you

varsha bang 2 years ago from India

Nice one.

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Thank you.

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Tech Trix 2 years ago Author

@aditya @andrew Thank you.

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Muh Iqbal 2 years ago from Indonesia

Very useful lists. Thanks.

saif ullah 2 years ago

Wow Nice and Informative

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androidfan 2 years ago from India

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.

wali 2 years ago

Useful thnks

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santosh 2 years ago

how to see hide videos and pictures in gallery vault in any other way

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Technogala 2 years ago

It's features are really nice

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jemuelO 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

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.

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Tech Trix 2 years ago Author

Thank you, JemuelO.

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Technogala 2 years ago

Very useful and interesting.I never try these type of apps.gonna to try any one of this.thanks for sharing.

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Welcome, TechnoGala.

Mark 2 years ago

Are there any of these apps that will store images/videos on the SD card on KitKat devices?

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david 2 years ago

Is it all working on Kitkat device?

LockSDCardAndroidDIE 2 years ago

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.

Sebastian 2 years ago

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.

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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Actually very useful for many people who have very sensitive data.

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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

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.

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WestelCS 23 months ago

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!

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WestelCS 23 months ago

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.

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Josh Alber 21 months ago

Great app LOL. Will really look into it because there are some photos which I would really want to keep them private :D

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Anthony Moreau 21 months ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

good infornation i been using video locker for a long time.. great to keep from prying eyes

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Tech Trix 20 months ago Author

Thank you

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Hezekiah 20 months ago from Japan

Thanks a lot for the info

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jinesh 19 months ago

Good one

anand 18 months ago

good work and very informative

Htun Wonna 17 months ago

Thank a lot

hamma 17 months ago

suggest me some tracing app

thenyan 12 months ago

None of the above . hiden videos can be seen throughout file managers and directory listing

sliderLabo 12 months ago

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

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