How to hide photos on Android phone or tablet

Even if your phone is protected by a lock screen password, there’s always a chance someone might be looking at your photos. Below are different methods to hide photos on Android phone or tablet.

Hide photos on Android phone or tablet

Most users have personal photos on their phones and tablets that they don’t want everyone to see.

Such photos can be easily hidden on Samsung and LG phones using built-in tools and on other Android devices using Android phone photo hide apps.

Without further delay, let’s take a look at different ways to hide photos on Android phone or tablet.

1. Hide Photos on Samsung Android Phone with Secure Folder

If you have a Samsung Android phone, you can hide photos using a built-in feature called Secure Folder.

1. Open settings > Scroll down and tap Biometrics & Security.

Biometrics and security settings option on Android phone

2. On the next screen, tap Secure Folder Possibility.

Secure folder settings option in Samsung Android Phone

3. Tap on Agree to confirm your agreement to the Terms and Conditions of Use of Secure Folder.

4. Follow the setup instructions a password or Pin to access the secure folder.

5. After setting up the secure folder, open the gallery app on your Android phone

6. In the Gallery app, tap and hold photo you want to hide until the photo is selected. select others photos you want to hide by tapping on it.

7. After the photos are selected, tap 3 point menu icon in the top right corner and select Move to secure folder option in the drop down menu.

Move selected photos to a safe folder on Android

The selected photos will be moved from Gallery to the secure folder you just created.

2. Hide photos on Android phone with AppLock

Follow the steps below to hide photos on an Android phone or tablet using the AppLock app available on the Google Play Store.

1. Download AppLock app from Google Play Store

1.1. Open Google play store on your Android phone or tablet and search for AppLock.

1.2. Click on AppLock from DoMobile Lab once it appears in the search results and download the app to your device (see image below).

AppLock app in Google Play Store

2. Set up the AppLock app on the Android phone

2.1. open that AppLock App on your Android phone or tablet.

2.2. If prompted, create a “Sample Passcode” and confirm it pattern password by drawing it again on the screen.

2.3. On the next screen, enter yours Email-address and tap Save on computer.

Enter the security email in the AppLock app on the Android phone

3. Protect photos with AppLock app

After you have finished setting up AppLock, you can now follow the steps below to protect photos on your Android phone.

3.1. After you’ve set up AppLock, you’ll be taken to the app’s home screen.

3.2. On the home screen, tap Privacy tab.

Privacy tab in AppLock app on Android phone

3.3. On the same screen, scroll down and tap lock icon located next to photos.

Lock icon in AppLock app on Android phone

3.4. Tap on the pop-up To allow to grant AppLock access to your data.

Allow AppLock usage access popup

3.5. On the next screen, grant AppLock access to your data by sliding the switch next to AppLock to ON Position.

Allow AppLock usage access on Android phone

3.6. Now go back to the privacy screen and tap lock icon is again next to Photos app to password protect all your photos on Android phone.

Lock icon in AppLock app on Android phone

Note: If you have another photo app (e.g. Gallery), you can also password protect that app by tapping the lock icon next to the app’s name.

Once the photos are protected, nobody can access the Photos app on your Android phone or tablet without entering the AppLock passcode.

4. Hide Photos on Android Phone with Vaulty

The Vaulty app allows you to protect selected photos on your Android phone instead of password protecting all photos on your Android phone.

1. Download the Vaulty app from the Google Play Store

1.1. Open the Google Play Store and search for arched.

1.2. Click on Hide Images & Videos – Vaulty as it shows up in search results and download the app to your Android phone or tablet.

Vaulty app on the Google Play Store

2. Set up the Vaulty app on the Android phone

2.1. Open Vaulty app on your Android phone or tablet.

2.2. Tap on Accept to accept the Terms of Use for using the Vaulty App on your device.

Accept the Vaulty App Terms of Service

2.3. On the next screen you can either provide yours E-mail to automatically back up your photos, or tap No backup to skip this step.

2.4. On the next screen you can choose PIN password or text password options.

Create a PIN or password in the Vaulty app

2.5. After creating the password, you will be taken to the app’s home screen. Tap on Hide Images & Videos Button.

Hide images and videos in the Vaulty app on Android phone

2.6. On the next screen, tap folder where your private photos are located.

2.7. Once inside the folder, tap on the photos you want to hide on your Android phone, then tap lock icon located in the top right corner of your screen.

Lock icon in Vaulty app on Android phone

This will remove all selected photos from the Photos app and place them in the Vaulty app.

From now on, all your private photos are protected in the Vaulty app and you can add more private photos to the Vaulty app.

Gallery safe and Keep a secure vault are two other apps that are similar to the Vaulty app.

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