How to Rescue Your Photos From the My Secret Folder iPhone App
Crowdfunding to Fix a Software Problem?
If you have upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11, the My Secret Folder app will no longer work and you can't retrieve your files via the app. This article will show you how to recover those files using other means.
Red Knight Interactive, the creators of the app, have started a crowdfunding page to raise money to fix the problem. I'm sure their intentions are pure, but skeptics might see it differently. Here is a quote from the page.
"This is a frustrating and heartbreaking end for the My Secret Folder application, as the company no longer has the time, money and resources to develop an update for the application that will support Apple’s new 64-bit only iOS 11.
If you have content in My Secret Folder and you are about to upgrade to iOS 11 or already have upgraded like many of you have, perhaps you will purchase a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X over the coming months etc, we recommend that you contribute to this new crowdfund so we can fund the app update and transfer your content out of either My Secret Folder or My Secret Folder Classic before you lose it forever!"
How To Rescue Your Files For Free
Don't despair. There is a way to recover your files from the My Secret Folder app without waiting for Red Knight to reach their crowdfunding goal. The methods shown below are for PC but will work on Mac with some modifications that are probably obvious to Mac users.
What you will need:
- A PC or Mac that has iTunes installed.
- Your iPhone or iPad that has My Secret Folder containing your files.
- iExplorer software for PC or Mac as appropriate (Free Download)
Getting Started - Connect Your Device to the Computer
Going forward I will refer to iPhones but these instructions are the same for iPads.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer via the USB cable.
- Launch iTunes.
- Click on the device icon as circled in the screenshot below.
Make a Backup of Your iPhone
(See photo below)
Make sure "This Computer" is checked and "Encrypt iPhone backup" is NOT checked.
Click the "Back Up Now" button and wait for it to complete. It can take several minutes depending on the size of the backup and the speed of your computer.
Extract the My Secret Folder Files From the Backup
If you haven't already installed iExplorer on your computer, do so before proceeding. The link for the free download is above.
- Launch iExplorer on your computer.
- Click on "Continue in Demo Mode"
- Find the device name in the list on the left side.
- Expand the choices by clicking on the arrow to the left of the device name.
- Click on "Backup" to see if this is the most recent backup.
Find the My Secret Folder App
When you have found the most recent backup,
- Expand Backup
- Expand Backup Explorer.
- Click on "App"
- Scroll down to find "com.red.msf".
- Double-click "com.red.msf".
If you have the "Lite" version of My Secret Folder, look for "com.red.msflite".
If you have an older version, try looking for "com.brightai.SecretFolder".
A reader (KylaWitch) reported that she was able to find her notes in App/mycom.pragmatic.my/library/application support and then a folder called SecretApps.sqlite. She was able to view the content in Windows Notepad.
Double-click "Library" To See The Files
Click "Export" and Choose to Export Everything or Just Selected Files
Choose a Location to Save the Files
Your Files Have Been Rescued
I've noticed that video files are saved with their proper file extensions but on my PC, the photos are saved without an extension. Renaming them and adding ".png" did the trick for me. If that doesn't work, try ".jpg". Some applications will open an image file even if it has the wrong extension, some won't. If you still can't view them and have a Windows-based PC, try downloading the freeware program Irfanview, which can work with many types of image files. It will open the file and rename it with the correct extension.
I've installed the "Lock Photos Secret Photo Vault" app by Mo Wellin from the App Store as a replacement for My Secret Folder. The free version works well but it plays a commercial each time you open it. After a few times I decided to spring for the $2.99 for the upgrade which has no commercials. I chose this app because of the reviews but there are other similar apps available.
© 2017 Bill Yovino