Friday, 28 July 2017

How to hide photos, files and apps on Android

How easy would you feel when you see someone or a family member to assume your identity if they had control of your smartphone? This will depend on how elaborate your internal defenses are when someone have access to your device, they would be able to text people as you, post to your Facebook account, and even access your bank accounts or make purchases in your name.
Smartphones are a part of our identity in this 21st century, and they have a lot of sensitive information on them. That’s why passwords are extremely important. Technology has made smartphone phones a part of our identity. The idea that smartphones have become an extension of the self is, however, not longer newIf you the type that frequently suffer the minor pang of a panic attack when you hand your phone to someone and realize you have sensitive emails/documents/images or other files on your device, then you need a way of hiding those files from prying eyes or maybe you have apps that are quite ‘adult’ for you and don't feel safe handing over your phone to your family member to can play Games. Just disclose parts of yourself to some people can make very vulnerable..
Whatever the reason may be, there are plenty of options when it comes to hiding content on your phone. We’re going to look at a few of them here and discuss the benefits and risks of each.

How to Hide Files

Android devices don’t actually have a stock's ability to hide stuff except for few ones, since android has so many developers, no matter what you’re looking for, you’re probably going to have a third-party apps that aid you achieve it. Let’s start with the basics and learn to hide files in general.
One excellent app to do this task is File Hide Expert. This app makes everything super easy. It’s a free app, and it lets you hide and unhide any file on your phone. To get this up and running you device, first download the app from the Google Play Store. When you open the app, you’ll receive a message indicating that the hidden file list is empty. Tap the folder icon in the top-right of the screen to begin hiding files.

Once you launch File Hide Expert, you’ll get a notification that your hidden files list is currently empty. You should tap the folder icon located on the top-right side of your screen to get the action started. This app works like a basic file management app. As long as you know where the file is located, you can hide it regardless of format type. Check off any files you want to hide, and then head back to your main screen.
Now, hitting “Hide All” will hide away all of your files, making them inaccessible to snooping phone borrowers. They’ll no longer appear in other file managers or galleries. To bring them back, simply open File Hide Expert again and tap “Restore All.”

Of course, this hardly keeps your content safe. After all, anyone can just open up File Hide Expert and see all the files you don’t want them to see in one easy-to-access list. A smart idea will be to use File Hide Expert’s password capabilities which comes along with the app.Tap the Menu button and then Settings. The very first option will be to enable a password. Check that box, and you’ll be prompted to enter a password to use. Be careful not to forget this, because you’ll need to use it every time you open up File Hide Expert. You will not want to get into a situation where you can’t restore the files you’ve hidden!

How to Hide Photos

Although File Hide Expert technically works for any kind of file format you can imagine, but however, is not necessarily the best or really the most efficient way to hide photos. If you’re the kind of person who like snapping the occasional risque pic every now and then, you might have a better experience with KeepSafe. File Hide Expert is a great app hider Android tool, but not necessarily the best fix solution for hiding photos. To keep prying eyes from those sensitive photos of yours, you’ll need another app called KeepSafe
KeepSafe basically creates a digital vault on your phone where you can hide anything that you don’t want showing up anywhere else. You have to create a PIN to use every time you want to access your app, and it keeps all of your sensitive files in one location. There is also an option to back your private files up on the cloud, if you feel comfortable doing so. That way you can recover your lost pics if your phone gets lost or broken.
KeepSafe is rapidly becoming one of the most widely used privacy apps in the store, and the current version is free to use while premium features available for just $4.99 a month. The cloud backup service is free, but the premium version gives you additional features like snazzy PIN theme, a fake PIN that lets users think they’ve gained access to your hidden files if they use it, and a “secret door” that disguises KeepSafe as a utility app unless you long-press on the icon. Premium members also get a “Break-in Alert” system that logs failed access attempts so that you can see if someone else has been trying to get at your private files. In addition to hiding pictures, KeepSafe can also be used as a repository for sensitive data such as passwords and ID cards.

Setting it up is an easy. Simply download the app from the Google Play Store and the setup guide will toss you through setting up a PIN.

If accomplished, you can add any photos to KeepSafe by opening a folder and tapping the ‘add picture’ icon at the bottom right side. Use the browser to select the photos you want to hide.

Alternatively, you can add files to the vault by through your phone’s normal gallery, tapping the “Share” button on the desired picture, and selecting KeepSafe from the list of options. This will move the photo to your private collection and remove it from the gallery. Pretty Easy.

How to Hide Apps

If your app drawer is getting crammed with too many applications or Ever get tired of seeing NFL Mobile app that came with your phone which are nor usefull and you can’t uninstall without rooting? Is your app drawer getting crammed with apps that you rarely use, making it a headache to get to the ones you really want? Hiding apps is a good idea to clean up your app tray and keep guest users from stumbling across any apps you’d rather keep your own business.
There are Some stock launchers offer this functionality e.g Most Samsung users, for instance, have the ability to hide apps without leaning on third party apps. If your launcher doesn’t support app hiding, give Nova Launcher a spin. It’s an excellent launcher all around, and it gives you the ability to hide apps with a simple and intuitive option, you may explore other lauchers in the Google App Store
Install Nova Launcher and open the app drawer. Navigate to Nova Settings > App & widget drawers > Hide Apps. Select the apps you want to hide, and they won’t show up on your app tray anymore

A Stock Fix

There are other crazy easy way to hide whole folders without using third party apps. This simple fix will prevent the photos from showing up in galleries, audio files from showing up in players, and documents from showing up in editing apps. However, the files aren’t particularly hidden, because all you’re doing is renaming the folder in such a way that Android ignores it.
Using   ES File ExplorerExplorer, simply add a “.” to the front of the folder’s name. If you want to get super sneaky, try renaming the folder something boring like “. simdata” or “. systeminfo” or whatever.

This folder can only be accessed through the File manager and you can hide it in the file manager as well. Just tap on the main menu on the upper left corner and from there tap on “Settings” at the bottom.

In Settings, tap on “Display settings” and from there uncheck the “Show hidden files” option and they will be hidden in file manager as well. You will have to check the option again in order to open the hidden files.


Remember that these apps were created to keep flies out of the hands of casual guest users. If someone with the right knowhow is really serious about getting at your private data, they’re going to be able to circumvent the methods. The best security is to keep you device out off reach from such people. Alway ensure you have screen lock enble in your device. Lastly, consider hiding very sensitive content on a non-mobile device.

Credit to: John Dye

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