How to Hide Sensitive Media on Your Smartphone

  • 07-06-2022 |
  • Polad Aladi

On your devices, in addition to funny pictures and vacation photos, there may be other files that you don’t want others to see. Modern smartphones and tablets offer easy ways to hide such content from prying eyes to maintain privacy. This article will walk you through the basic steps you need to take to hide sensitive media on Android, Pixel, Samsung, and iPhone devices.

Android Smartphones

To work with photos on smartphones running Android, as a rule, Google Photos is used (it is installed by default). If you use it, then you have at your disposal a feature called “Locked Folder” that allows you to create private albums. Here’s how to use it:

Launch Google Photos on your smartphone.
Open the library and find “Utilities.”
Pick “Set up Locked Folder” from the next menu.
Hit “Get started” and choose the authentication method that suits you. It can be a fingerprint, password, or PIN.

The hidden folder has been created; now, you need to add all the files that you would like to hide from strangers to it. You can transfer photos in bulk or select one specific one. Open the media library to see all the images on your device. Hold one of the pictures (long tap) and choose one or more files. Pick the “Move to Locked Folder” option from the menu hidden under the three-dot button. Now, to view these photos, you need to open the folder and enter a password, PIN, or scan a fingerprint.

Pixel Phones

The basic steps to hide stuff on Pixel Phones are pretty simple. For it, you can use the standard Camera application:

Launch it and open the gallery with all the files.
In the “Save to” list, you need to choose the “Locked Folder” option.
From now on, all the photos you take will be transferred to this album, which is automatically created in Google Photos. Remember to change the save path when you no longer need it.

Go to Google Photos and open “Utilities” to find all hidden files. Then tap “Organize your library” to open the password-protected folder. When using this option, keep in mind that it works offline and does not sync data with your other devices. You cannot share the resulting photos, and if you delete Google Photos, you will lose all the files in the hidden folder.

Samsung Galaxy Phones

You can access the hidden folder features on Samsung Galaxy phones through the notification center:

Swipe down from the top of the screen to get to the center.
Open the quick toggles menu and enable the “Secure Folder” option.
This option may not be visible right upon opening. If so, hit the three-dot menu button to open the full list and drag the hidden folder feature to the notification center.

Now you can set up a new album. From the home screen, swipe up to launch the app drawer. The folder is under the lock icon. Open it and set a PIN for protection. Now go to the Gallery and transfer the desired files to a new location.

iPhones

The preinstalled Photos app on iPhones gives users the opportunity to hide media in just a couple of clicks:

Open Photos and tap “Select” at the top of the screen to pick the photos you need.
Through the Share function, you can hide the selected objects.

Open your device’s settings and find the “Photos” section to view all the hidden files. Here you need to activate the hidden albums toggle. After that, go to the photo app and open “Utilities” to see the hidden folder and the items in it.

The described methods allow you to save sensitive media on your own device. It is much more reliable than trusting them with third-party services. Do you use these features of your smartphone? Or do you prefer to upload photos and documents to the cloud?