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. Secret Photo Safe: HiddenVault
If you are looking for that perfect “secret safe” to lock your photos and videos in your iPhone, then you must download HiddenVault. Developed by Kyle Allen, HiddenVault lets you safely store unlimited photos and videos. With an excellent military grade encryption system, this app offers three ways to secure your photos and videos. You can enter a pin or use the phone’s Face ID and Touch ID to lock your photos. The app also offers a private cloud backup.
The one great feature about HiddenVault that makes it stand out from the crowd is the complete control of private data. All your photos and videos will be stored safely in the built-in Apple folders of your phone. The developer won’t have any access to them. Having everything stored in your apple folders also eliminates the risk from hackers.
HiddenVault should be your first choice if you want a completely safe app to lock your personal photos and videos. It’s one of the best privacy-focused apps for iphone.
2. 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.
5. 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.
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.
© 2013 Anurag
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Steve on April 21, 2015:
I installed spycalc but other than letting you hide pictures or videos which I cannot do anything with what good is it? I moved my private AOL account into there under p-browsing but when I try to reply to an email it won't let me attach pictures from the vault or send the email. Am I doing something wrong or is it not made to be able to do this? Are there other apps where can do this so my email account is locked up and my pictures don't have to be out of the vault to attach?
DonaldSmith225 on April 02, 2015:
File & Password Vault is highly recommended.
Ayi S on February 25, 2015:
wow, Cool broo.
Pancho Marana from USA on February 23, 2015:
I use vault
ZAKARIEA on February 09, 2015:
Nice and useful hub
Teddy Kimathi from Nairobi on January 27, 2015:
Anurag (author) on December 22, 2014:
Tim Anthony on December 21, 2014:
These app are totally awesome for keeping all my the private photos hidden. I think KeepSafe app is the best place to hide your personal photos and videos for many reasons. Thanks for sharing!
vinay kamal on December 21, 2014:
I have used all these apps and all of them lacked security and needed in-app purchases for majority of the cool features so I created one myself, "Securepad". It combines all the cool features of all these apps and adds some major needed features such as encrypted data protection, unlimited photos,videos can be saved, Encrypted Icloud backup support, an encrypted notes option and many more features.
The best thing right now is the app is totally free and provides all the above mentioned features in "FREE VERSION" and provide totally Ad free experience to the user.
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on November 24, 2014:
Thank you for sharing your knowledge about secure picture in our telephones. It is true. Sometimes, it is better to delete the bad looking pictures, but on the other hand, pictures tell the real you. It is better to be open to show yourself completely with out hiding.
Anurag (author) on November 23, 2014:
Gary Pick from North Kingstown, Rhode Island on November 22, 2014:
Great Hub. Interesting information and very helpful!
warren on October 29, 2014:
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David on May 19, 2014:
I am using SecretPic and its working wonderfully. The most important thing is that it also have a passcode recovery option.
Matt Lewis on April 08, 2014:
I am taking my phone to the apple store tomorrow, just wondering if someone at apple is gonna be able to see in my keepsafe app? idk if I should put everything on my wife's phone til I get done or not? any help is greatly appreciated.. thanx :)
srijan on March 28, 2014:
i use instaglass app to edit my photos...it works wonderfully.
hemanti on February 19, 2014:
try Instafusion app.....it has a very easy and beautiful interface.....i just love this app....
wilsoncowden from Northern Ireland on November 05, 2013:
Does anyone know if any of these apps will then give the option to be able to upload to websites eg to a private facebook group.
Adrian Cloute from Cedartown, GA on August 26, 2013:
I think that these are sweet. I hate when people have my phone and go through my pictures. I wish there was something to lock my text messages.