Our phone is store to many multimedia files, some of which are private that we don’t want visible to others. It could be anything, you can have your guesses regarding what it could be, but it’s obvious that you need an app to hide some pics and videos which you don’t want to be visible to others.
The android applications discussed below would help you do that. You can hide photos, images, videos, movies etc using any one of these apps. While there are some free apps discussed too, paid apps seems to offer or features. The good thing is that most of these apps doesn’t cost much. But anyway, if you don’t like an app after buying it, you can safely return it and have refund of your payment via android market (just go to my apps and select the app), but take care to claim refund within 15 mins of app installing on your phone.
Also, how to use each app may be different so do have a look at app’s options, which would guide you through how bets the app is used and what other stuff you’ve to keep in mind.
When you’re using either of these apps to hide pics and videos, you to be careful while uninstalling these apps. IF you’ve used the app to hide anything, first unhide the your hidden data and then uninstall the app. Otherwise, your hidden data would get lost. The unhidden files should not get lost anyway, though. So, take care when uninstalling these apps, or when installing a new ROM, new firmware, etc. to unhide files first.
If you installed the app but did not hide any files using the app, or have all files unhidden back, uninstalling then would not cause any problems.
In case you lost your files because you didn’t unhide them first before uninstalling the app, try installing the app from the market again and see if it recovers the files. There may be an option in the app itself to recovery files.
Android Apps to Hide Photos, Images, Videos, Movies, etc.
Gallery Lock Lite [Free]
Gallery lock is an amazing app that take care of all your needs to hide both pics and videos and that too folder wise, using password. You can even hide the this app using options and then run it from phone’s dialer (that is, phone app). The Free version limits the number of files you can hide/lock, but if you need more, paid version – Gallery Lock Pro, is available for just $1, which has no such restrictions.
Gallery Lite offers you an option to recover your lost files if you uninstalled the app without removing the lock from those media files. This is cool. Download Gallery lock Lite
Smart Gallery (PhotoVault+) [Free]
Smart gallery is another cool app to protect your media files. Options include: recovering lost files, password protection (with a hint for password), auto-scan files with gallery app, etc. It’s not much different from the Gallery Lock app above but offers a new UI, speaking of which it’s a tie between these two apps.
PhotoVault [Costs $1.00]
PhotoVault can be used to lock and hide only pics, not videos, for which another app VideoVault (given below) is available from the developer. It’s limited to photos but it does a good job. It has tons options, the chief ones being: multi-select photos to hide/unhide them, or select the folders, private folders, etc. One distinctive feature of this app is public mode which runs the app as normal gallery app while hiding your locked pics and won’t ask for password unless you go to options and pull it. Read the app’s description to know more. PhotoVault is quite good but we don’t like the fact that there is no free version available of this app to try it first and then purchase the paid version. Anyway, the 15 limit return window is still there. Download PhotoVault
VideoVault [Costs $1.00]
It’s PhotoVault for videos, and features the same options and settings you read above. Multi-select files to hide/unhide, or select folders to hide/unhide/delete, etc. It’s got no free version to test, too. One thing though, be careful hiding WMA video files because upon unhiding, the file may not play on some devices.
Ctrl Folder [Free] [Bonus App]
To effectively manage files for hiding, you may need an app that would let you group the files into folders easily. And this is where Ctrl Folder comes to use. The free version has a limit of 5 folders. For unrestricted use, paid version costing $1.41 is available. It allows you to multi-select files and after selecting them, use the share option in the gallery and select Folder to transfer all those files in a new folder, which you can hide using any of the above app. Since files are put in one folder, or specific folders, it’s get easy to hide, unhide and delete files.
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