Sometimes photos have some sensitive material in them and unfortunately Android doesn’t make it easy for those pics to be hidden from the Gallery or Camera Review feature without deleting them entirely. One of our readers, Michael Bourgeois, ran into this exact problem when trying to purchase a present for a family member. After exhausting every method and searching through every menu/settings he could think of in Android to hide the photos he stumbled upon this great little app on the Market.
Its called FotoSafer and allows you to passcode encrypt photos to a folder on your phone’s storage. The app is very easy to setup. When you start it for the fist time it asks for a passcode and then a question/answer combo (so you can recover a passcode later should you forget it). From there you can browse your Gallery for pictures and encrypt them with the app, effectively hiding them from the Gallery or Camera Review feature.
The lite version allows you to encrypt up to 20 photos while the paid version (for $1.50) offers unlimited encryptions. Both are available on the market right now and we have the QR code for the lite version below along with a small screenshot gallery of the app. Also let us know if you figure out a way to do this without deleting the file or downloading an app from the market in the comments below.
Here are two more tips courtesy of users Cowboy and SantaClaw!
- Create an empty file with the name “.nomedia” (make sure to include the period before the n) in whichever folder(s) you don’t want your pictures and videos to be scanned in and voila, the android media manger won’t add those to your library.
- There is also an app called HideItPro which has no “hide” limit and can hide pics, vids, and apps! It even disguises its own name by showing up as Audio Manager in your App Drawer.
Thanks again to Michael Bourgeois for the tip and solution!