File-Media lock or hiding is a vital part while dealing with Android smart phones. The confidential files and documents, photos, videos, and even messages should be sometimes kept away from others. All these data, that you finds important, should be safely placed under cover. Here, is where these ‘Top 5 Android hiding apps’ become more relevant.
1. Hide it Pro
Hide it Pro stands at the top. Hide It Pro is an awesome app that allows you to hide pictures, videos, apps,messages and calls in your phone. The app mimics itself as an audio player after installing. You will not be able to find an app named “Hide it Pro”, instead a new audio manager app in the list of your apps.
When you open that, the app will be launched which enables to adjust the volumes. That is the alarm volume, music volume, ringer volume, voice volume and so on. Now, how to launch the hider? Just hold the audio manager header/logo for a second. In the window that appears, set your password or numeric pass key. Now,you can access the vault. There are options to select pictures, videos, music, apps(hiding/locking), messages and notes. There is an inbuilt file manager too. Now, to hide anything, for example an image, just enter the pictures tab in audio manager. Click on the ‘+’ button on top right corner. From the gallery that opens select the photos and press ‘hide selected files’ tab. Now,you are done.
Ads will appear on top and bottom of the screen while you are using this app.But,as it is a free app,never mind it.If you need to remove these ads, go to settings, click on remove ads. Pay just $3.99 for that. Now, do some customisations to make your hider the best one. Goto settings>advanced settings>hide app icon. Now, you will be asked to download a plugin from google play. Just do it. Open the advanced settings again. Click on hide app icon and save settings, exit.Now,the audio manager app will dissappear. Reboot your phone. Dial ##2233 where ‘2233’ is your password. The app will open.
The features are not yet over. Just think that you have deleted this app. Your hidden files will remain hidden for ever. To restore or recover the hidden files, reinstall the app. Open app and unhide the files. That’s it.
Isn’t this app awesome? This is why I would say, Hide it Pro is ‘The best file or media hider app for Android devices’.
2. Gallery Vault – Hide Photos and Videos
Gallery Vault is another awesome hider app that has the capability to hide photos and videos. Gallery vault has a Stealth mode feature, like the icon hiding in Hide it Pro, that makes the Gallery Vault icon invisible. This feature will make sure other users, no hiding app is installed on your phone. In order to launch the app the stealth mode, just dial “##your passcode”.
The main features of Gallery Vault are:
- Hide pictures and video
- Hidden files will be kept encrypted
- Hide the Gallery Vault icon from list of Apps
- Advanced User interface Smooth zoom and slide experience
- Support export private media files to SD card
- Support recover files after the re-installation
- Retrieve forgotten password feature
- Shake your phone to close Gallery Vault in a hurry
The last feature is actually aunique feature of Gallery Vault. It will be helpful at times. If you are browsing your private files and if someone comes unexpectedly, in just a shake, every thing will close. The app will get locked and your files will get hidden again. Awesome!
If you forgot your password, don’t worry. Go to settings>manage apps>Gallery Vault. Upon opening you will be asked to enter the password. After 2 failed attempts, a Forgot button will appear. Tap “Forgot” button and tap “Resend Auth Email” button in the dialog box.
3. App Lock
App lock is another hider app that hides not only apps, but also pictures and videos. The developers of the app argues that they remains as the #1 Android hiding app in over 50 countries. With AppLock, you can lock SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Facebook, Gallery, Market, Settings, Calls and any app you choose, with advanced options, protecting your privacy.
Main features of App lock are:
- Protects selected apps using passwords or patterns
- Hide pictures using Photo Vault, Hide videos using Video Vault
- Lock switches(WiFi, 3G, 4G,..)
- Automatic lock at given time or Automatic lock at given location
- Lock Play store
- Lock settings
- Lock incoming or outgoing calls
- Prevent apps from being uninstalled
- Less Memory and power saving
- Hide app icon – Launch app from dialler or from Browser(domobile.com/applock)
- Easily retrieve Forgotten password
In order to get the forgotten password, Tap the ‘forgot password’ or ‘?’ . Answer the security question to reset the app. On resetting, the new password will be send to the email address. App lock has three modes of operation. The basic version with no ads, no premium features. The second is the ad enabled free version that has all the premium features too. The last is of course the paid premium version, which has no ads and all the premium features in it.
4. Hide Pictures in Vaulty
Vaulty hider app has a good overall rating of 4.7/5 (from 3lakh voters)stars in Google Play store. The app is now 4 years since initial release. As all the apps described above, ‘Hide Pictures in Vaulty’ also have the feature to hide photos and videos.
The main features of Vaulty are:
- Hide Photos and Videos
- Password Protection
Lock Vaulty using a pin or text password for privacy.
If someone tries to snoop in your vault and enters the wrong password, Vaulty will automatically catch a photo of them for you using your front camera and save it in your vault. It will appear first, the next time you login.
- Online Backup
Hide Pictures in Vaulty app will automatically backup your hidden photos and videos online, so as to save your memory. If your phone gets stolen, you can restore the data back to the new device easily.
- Advanced User Interface
Vaulty has a simple and powerful User interface. The auto focus feature on the pictures, adds its beauty.
- Several Options
Photo editing, private camera, slideshow, share hidden pictures and videos, create and organize magazine albums and folders, full screen zoom, filter images and videos, picture and video renaming.
5.Gallery Lock (Hide pictures)
Gallery Lock developed by Morrison Software Developers is rated 4.5/5. The app has been selected as the ‘App of the year’ by Times Magazine. This popular app which also has the feature to hide photos and videos, is one amongst the top 10 apps sold from Google Play store. The free lite version of this app is ad enabled. For ad free version you should pay.
Main features of Gallery Lock are:
- Hide photos and videos
- Folder support
- Easy to use pin or pattern access
- Stealth mode to hide app icon
- Watch dog which triggers front cam to capture the users photo on incorrect pin input
- Online Cloud Backup supported to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box
- Beautiful designs, Rotate and zoom features, slide show support
So, these are the top 5 Android apps to safely hide photos and videos. Among these, Which one would you love to install? If you like this comparison, don’t forget to share it with your friends.