Protect Your Photos on Android Devices Using These Simple Tricks

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Protect Your Photos on Android Devices Using These Simple Tricks
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Modern smartphones are much more than just a phone. It is a very powerful computer tool that can act as a laptop, camera and multimedia device, etc. As smartphone cameras are improving day by day, most people use their phones to capture photos and videos and it is also important to keep them safe and secure.

There are photos and videos stored in our smartphones that we don’t want others to see and smartphones have certain provisions to protect and hide them from others.

For example, almost all smartphones provide the option to hide photos from the Gallery or the Photos app. This means that the photos will not be visible on the usual Gallery app. However, they are hidden in plain sight and if anyone knows how to access hidden photos on a particular phone, the point of hiding photos becomes pointless.

So, how to properly protect photos and videos on android devices? There are ways but a bit complicated. Continue reading:

Methods that can help you protect your photos and videos on Android
Hide your photos from Gallery app
Hiding photos on Android smartphones is simple. All you need to do is head to the Gallery app, long-press on the photo, and tap Hide. Some smartphones also offer the option to hide the entire album. To do this, go to the gallery settings and choose the Hide or show albums option.

Protect your Gallery app with a password
Some smartphones – from Oppo, Xiaomi and OnePlus – also offer the option to lock apps. This also gives you the option to lock the Gallery app. Find the app lock option and lock the Gallery app.

For example, on the OnePlus smartphone, the App Lock option is hidden in the privacy settings. To access it, go to Settings → Privacy → App Lock and follow the on-screen instructions to set up App Lock.

Use the phone’s Secure or Private Space feature
If you don’t want to lock the entire Gallery app or manually hide photos, smartphone brands also include a secure space as part of their custom UI. Samsung call it secure folder, real me and Oppo phones have a private safe. Similarly, OnePlus has Hidden Space in its smartphones.

The advantage of these secure spaces is that they allow users to secure them using PIN codes, passwords and biometric data.

Use third-party apps to password protect your photos
Alternatively, you can also download third-party apps like Private Photo Vault, Vaulty Hide Picture, etc. which allow users to password protect photos on Android devices. It is important to note that third-party apps are commonly known to exploit user data. So make sure to download the one you trust.

Use Google Photos folder locked
If you have a Google Pixel smartphone, you also have the option of using the locked folder in the Google Photos app. Google Photos app lets users select multiple photos and move them to locked folders

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