Your smartphone is your personal device. It keeps many of your personal files and data, which includes private photos and videos that you wouldn’t want to be seen by anyone.
To make sure these pics don’t come back to haunt you, the rule of thumb is to delete them right away and to make sure your phone has a secure password on it. But if you want to hold onto your digital sexts, you’ll need to take steps to keep them as private as you can.
To keep your files safe and hidden in your phone, you may need a protected folder with a password, so no one will be able to access them without the right password. You can keep your files safe and private with an external apps, here are five places where you can safely hide your private photos and videos.
1. Private Photo Vault (Free)
Private Photo Vault allows you to import photos into albums and hide them behind a PIN lock.
Beyond basic password protection, the app has two other bonus features called “break-in report” and “decoy password.” If someone tries to enter the app, it will secretly take a photo of the person and log their GPS location so you can see who was trying to access your private photos. You also have the option to set up a decoy password that launches a different set of pictures.
2. Best Secret Folder (Free)
If you don’t want anyone to know that you downloaded a privacy app, try Best Secret Folder. The icon is disguised as “My Utilities,” so no one will ever guess there are private photos tucked away in your phone.
Once you open the app, you can set a password, have it emailed to yourself and write a hint for it. The only downside is that you can’t forget your password, because there is no way to reset it.
In addition to password-protected photos, the app will auto-capture photos of nosey intruders and record their location. You also have the option to export your photos to the cloud, email, Dropbox, Google Drive and more.
3. SecEMS (Free)
SecEMS has security features that keep your privacy with password authentication and data encryption. In SecEMS vault, you can hide photos, videos and other information like contacts, notes, passwords. All the data inside SecEMS is encrypted to ensure no one could see it even if they get full control over the phone.
SecEMS allows you to take photos directly into the app without having to go through the camera roll first. This is great for taking photos that you don’t want anyone to see.
Specifically designed for hiding photos and videos, SecEMS differs from other apps because it has Fake Passcode. By having a Fake Passcode, you can tell person your Fake Passcode and it will open up to a completely different set of pictures.
4. KeepSafe (Free)
If you’re looking for a simple app with basic password protection for photos and videos, check out KeepSafe. Simply type in your PIN and import photos to albums in the app. After importing photos, make sure you erase the photos from the gallery on your phone, since the app does not automatically delete them.
To access bonus features such as fake PINs, break-in alerts and customized passwords for individual albums, you can upgrade to the premium version in the app’s settings.
5. KYMS( $1.99)
When you launch the app, a fully functional calculator appears. All you have to do is punch in your 4-digit PIN number and the equal sign, and you have access. Along with hidden photos, you can store PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and text files.
KYMS allows you to import media from your computer, camera roll, the web and more. It also supports Wi-Fi, so you can easily sync your collections between devices.