Hiding photos using apps
While hiding photos using the albums on your iPhone may be one of the easiest ways to hide photos, but it is by no means the most secure. No matter how much we’d like to believe that the device in our pockets is secure, the truth is, it’s not. Thankfully, there are a number of apps that can hide your photos and videos, thus rendering them inaccessible to prying eyes or otherwise.
Many of them allow you to set up passcodes or other security measures, making your photos harder to access. Below are two of our favorites, which are both free to download.
Private Photo Vault
Private Photo Vault lives up to its name. The app allows you to lock away your photos so that only you, or someone you trust, can get to them. Both the app and whatever albums you make within it can be fortified with a password, and you can even set up a decoy password to ward off anyone trying to gain access without your knowledge. To get your photos into the app, you can import and export images using the Photos app, sync them with iTunes, email or text images, or carry out a host of other actions. Private Photo Vault features a private browser, too, which you can use to download images directly to the app. Best of all, if someone other than you or a trusted friend tries to break into your vault, the app will notify you. It even provides a photo of the person who tried to access your stash, along with their GPS location.
Keep Safe Photo Vault
Keep Safe helps millions of people easily and securely stow their photos. The app lets you import images from the Photos app, and locks your snapshots behind either a PIN code or Touch ID. After storing them in the app, you can delete them from your phone to free up additional space. You can also create and name albums, take new photos using the app’s camera feature, and share photos with others. A feature known as Safe Send even allows you to share photos for a limited window of time. The app is free, but opting for the premium version ($24/month) nets you some extra features, including the ability to set individual passcodes and recover deleted items. There’s also a feature called Secret Door, which makes Keep Safe appear as an entirely different app until specific actions are taken to reveal it.