We all have private collections of photos and videos on our phones that we wish to keep away from prying eyes or annoying friends who have the habit of digging through your personal stuff. We can't do this directly with our phones, thankfully we have plenty of apps to do just this job. Here's a look at some of the popular ones on different platforms that will keep your private videos and photos, well, private.

Video Safe – iOS
This app is the number one Video Utility application, currently on iTunes worldwide for two straight years. This is a major indication to just how powerful this application is. Video Safe allows its users to protect their videos and photos from prying eyes and it does so, in a very smooth fashion. No need to worry about people accidentally stumbling into your 'special' movies or photos, any more.

Video Safe for iOS

Video Safe for iOS

Here are a few of the features of this application:

  • Creates a safe password protected storage area for all your movies and videos.
  • Web connectivity – Log-in via browser to transfer videos to and from the iPhone wirelessly
  • Snoop Stopper – For those curious about the cool new app on your device, entering the wrong password takes them to a collection of safe images of your choosing.
  • Lets you create thumbnails for movies.
  • Discrete Icon and app name on device (says VS).

The Secret Folder – iOS
The Secret Folder offers you new ways to protect your privacy on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. You can set up a secret pattern code or use a pin code to unlock your phone and can Hide your private information keeping everything else untouched. You can securely store your photos and videos in a secret location right in the app. Users can create a new album, import their content and prevent access to the app with a pattern lock or secret pin code. A hidden album is the right place to put your photos and videos in, especially if you had a great party with your friends and got some spicy content to hide from others.

The Secret folder for iOS

The Secret folder for iOS

Here are a few of the features of The Secret Folder:

  • Take photos and videos from within the app
  • View photos and watch videos right in the app
  • Normal and Decoy modes
  • Autolock timer
  • Pattern Lock security
  • Secret pin code to prevent unauthorized access
  • Store your videos and photos in a secret location

Spy Calc Free – iOS
Hide your private pictures and videos behind a working calculator. Type the secret number combination into the calculator to reveal your private pictures and videos. Now nobody will ever know what’s hiding behind those complex calculations and math problems you and your friends keep solving everyday. The calculator is pretty functional as well. The application has a pretty neat interface and the best part is that it is free. Also, it’s got support for a wide variety of languages as well.

Spy Calc for iOS

Spy Calc for iOS

Hide Pictures with Keep Safe – Android
With this application, privacy protection is made easy as pictures simply vanish from your photo gallery, and remain locked behind an easy-to-use PIN pad. This application allows you to choose and show only what you want others to see, while hiding the other pictures and videos. This puts you in control of who sees what and your public gallery remains available to your friends, family, and co-workers.

Keep safe for Android

Keep safe for Android

Keep Safe has the following privacy features:

  • Disappears from 'recent apps' list
  • Multi-select feature for hiding, un-hiding, sharing
  • Full-screen viewing
  • Slideshow feature
  • Easy-to-use PIN pad access
  • Share pictures from Keep Safe
  • Rotate and zoom features


Hide It Pro – Android
This application goes one step ahead of just hiding pictures and videos and audio files. It also has the capability to hide entire applications, so you can safely ‘keep’ that controversial application you just downloaded. This app features a built in video player , gallery and password protection. The application also disguises itself as an Audio Manager app, which can be used to toggle the volume up and down, but if you long press on the Audio Manager title the actual Hide It Pro app will launch. You can also hide Images/Videos/Audio Recordings etc. from the phone's stock gallery by selecting all the pics that you want to hide and selecting share. Applications can be hidden from within the Hide it Pro app.

Hide it Pro for Android

Hide it Pro for Android

Here are the features of Hide It Pro:

  • App disguised behind a fully functional Audio Manager
  • Smooth UI.
  • Proper segregation of videos/pictures audio with dashboard
  • Categorize media into folders of your choice
  • Batch(Multi-Select) support for hiding and unhiding files
  • Unhide entire folders, or select multiple files to unhide at once

Vaulty – Android
This is one of the most popular applications on the Android App Store, with a very high rating and it stands there for a reason. Vaulty is a very simplistic application and one that doesn’t put too much strain on system resources. So, if you’re tired of people snooping around on your phone and want to keep your personal pictures private this application is all you need.

Vaulty for Android

Vaulty for Android

  • Hidden pictures cannot be viewed even by file managers
  • Fastest and most secure private gallery
  • Picture and video renaming
  • Gallery for quick and easy hiding
  • Put pictures in folders
  • Password-protected
  • Multi-select pictures & vids for easy management
  • Sort and filter pictures & videos

PicLocker  – WP7
You can use PicLocker to organize your photos into multiple password protected albums. PicLocker uses military grade 256-bit AES encryption to make sure that your photos don't fall into the wrong hands! Easily transfer images between PicLocker and your phone's Pictures Library or snap photos with your phone's camera directly into PicLocker. PicLocker even comes with a handy slideshow feature that allows you to view your images in full screen.

Piclocker for WP7

Piclocker for WP7

Private Video  – WP7

Another app, but this time to hide your 'secret' videos. Here are some of the features:

Private Video for WP7

Private Video for WP7

  • Import/Export videos
  • Simple 6 digit numeric password
  • Take videos from your Camera and instantly lock them down
  • Instant full screen preview with easy touch Navigation
  • Easy, self guided navigation to learn this application

Smart Protect Plus – Bada
Smart Protect will provide security to your files through the selective lock and hide features. By using this, no other phone, PC or even any multimedia device will be able to view, open or play the private files.

Smart protect for Bada

Smart protect for Bada

  • Useful functionality.
  • Supports locking and hiding of files.
  • Protection is provided worldwide or on the phone level only.

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