5 Best Apps to Hide Pictures on iPhone
Any picture you take or import from your PC or Mac immediately gets stored to your phone library. And anyone can see them there--which can become really embarrassing. Fortunately, there are some cool apps that hide pictures on your iPhone.
Pictures can be hidden by password-protecting them, hiding them behind a calculator, or locking them. Most of these applications create a special hidden folder, to which you can transfer your personal pictures. Here’s a rundown of some of the top applications to protect pictures on your phone.
1. Private Photo Vault
Private Photo Vault is one of the best free applications to protect your personal photos and videos by password/pattern-locking. This feature-rich app allows easy album organization by allowing you to transfer images and videos from iPhone’s photo app to your new protected album. All you need to do is select photos you want to hide and password-protect them on your private album.
Private Photo Vault has a tri-protect system. You can either hide your photos via a secure password system or a nifty pattern lock system. There’s also a pin lock option that lets you hide an image by entering a 4-digit pin.
Of many additional features, my favorite is the decoy password option. It allows users to enter two passwords – one for the personal picture album and a main password for the normal one. You can then enter the main password if someone finds this app and tells you to show what’s behind the protected album. With a smooth interface, and simple yet extremely secure protection option, the app is a good way to hide your photos on your phone.
The photo-hiding feature of SpyCalc seems to be inspired by a James Bond flick. This amazing gadget lets you hide pictures on your iPhone behind an innocent-looking calculator. The app works exactly like a normal calculator, but doubles as a secret safe, where you can type in a number combination to hide/unhide photos.
The free version is ad-supported, but has all features of the paid version, so there’s no need to buy the app, unless you feel ads are a nuisance. With this app, you can take pictures directly and store them in the calculator app. It also lets you create categories for your hidden photos, ensuring ease in navigation. With an innovative calculator-safe gadget, Spy Calc makes image-hiding fun and exciting.
Another free application, KeepSafe has an easy-to-use pin lock system that lets you type in a four-digit pin to hide photos on your phone. It has a nice little private camera feature that lets you take pictures and hide them directly into the app--no need for these pictures to spend any time unprotected.
Along with pictures, KeepSafe also lets you hide videos as well. All you need to do is open the application, select the items you want to pin-protect, and import them to the application. Make sure you delete the picture from your iPhone’s photo app after importing it to the application. You can also create albums inside the app and transfer pictures directly to them.
KeepSafe is a nifty little app that gives you total control over your media. It has only one protection system, but is effective enough to hide private pictures.
4. Pic Lock 2.0
Pic Lock 2.0 is a free photo-hiding application that allows users to protect their private pictures by entering a strong pass code or by creating a complex pattern via a nifty pattern locking system. The app supports iPhone 5 and has a very smooth user interface.
Pic Lock 2.0 offers everything a standard photo-lock app has. These include iTunes sharing via USB, and importing and exporting pictures from and to your iPhone photo app. The free version of the app won't have regular updates; the paid version promises lifetime updates, to fix stability issues and add new features.
KYMS is another fun app that lets you hide your private pictures on iPhone via a calculator gadget. The app hides both photos and videos, and has a solid password feature. All videos, whether FLV or AVI, can be played directly into the app, thanks to the integrated video support with the help of Airplay. Unfortunately, this feature is only available with the paid version.
KYMS also doubles as document protection software. You can import PDF and text files to your app and keep them hidden behind a calculator. You can view the documents, like videos, from inside the application, thanks to a nifty viewer integrated within the app. Another good aspect is the password recovery feature that lets you recover forgotten passwords via a special PUK code.
The app is free, but many of its amazing features are available via in-app purchases. You can import photos, documents and videos via iTunes or the device camera.
Screenshots courtesy of their respective application developers.