You can hide photos and videos from the Android phone gallery to enhance the security of the content. To do this, the user can use three different procedures: the Safe Folder function, native to Samsung devices; a file manager such as OI File Manager; or a dedicated protection app, such as KeepSafe. This way, interested parties can avoid privacy issues with sensitive items such as intimate photos.
For the Secure Folder feature, people can access it on Google-based smartphones from Android 7.0 (Nougat). Check out the following tutorial prepared by dnetc, three ways to hide sensitive media from the mobile gallery. Remember that the procedures are not compatible with Apple's iPhone (iOS).
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KeepSafe app gives you the option to hide photos and videos from the Android mobile gallery. Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc
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Step 1. Open the mobile application area and go to "Settings". Then select "Biometrics and Security";
Access the Samsung Biometrics and Security menu, where is the Safe Folder Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire feature
Step 2. Tap on the "Secure Folder" option and log in to your Samsung account;
Login to Samsung Account after selecting Secure Folder Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 3. In Secure Folder settings, enable the "Display Safe Folder" key for easy navigation. Enter "Lock type" and choose one of the protection ways in this tutorial, we chose the option "Password";
Choose Secure Folder lock type on Samsung mobile Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 4. Create your password and confirm it (for security, Samsung prevents these screens from being captured). Open the handset apps section again and see the addition of Safe Folder among the features. Tap it and type the password you created;
Sign in to Samsung Smartphone Secure Folder Photo: Play / Raquel Freire
Step 5. Go to "Add Files" and select the type of file you want to protect in Safe Folder;
Click the button to add files to the Samsung Safe Folder Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 6. Select all the items you want to place in Safe Folder and tap "Done". The first time you do this, the app will ask you if you want to move the file or copy it to the Safe Folder. Choose one of the alternatives in this example, we choose "Copy";
Select files to hide from gallery and add Safe Folder Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 7. Perform the procedure until you have hidden all the desired items from the Samsung gallery. To view protected contents, enter the Secure Folder, enter the password, and select the type of locked file you want to access. In this tutorial, we chose the "Gallery" option, where are the hidden images from the mobile gallery.
View hidden files inside Samsung Secure Folder Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Using file manager
Step 2. In the main screen of the app, go to the three dots menu and select "Create folder";
Create new folder on Android with OI File Manager Manager Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 3. Give a name starting with a period (.), Such as ".SecretFolder", and tap "OK". This directory will appear in the manager, but not in the Android gallery, as the system does not display folders starting with the dot sign;
Name new folder with dot at the beginning to be hidden in the Android gallery Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 4. Go to the folder where the files you want to hide are. Press one file and then touch the others to select them. Go to the "Cut" button and verify that at the bottom of the screen the message "X items to move" was displayed, indicating that the files will be moved from directory;
Select files to move from gallery to new hidden Android folder Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 5. Go back to the folder with the dot (.Secret Folder), tap the three dots menu and select "Paste". The files will be moved to this folder, which is not displayed in the Android gallery.
File collage in new hidden Android folder with OI File Manager app Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
With app to hide files
Step 1. Another way to hide photos and videos from the Android gallery for a dedicated function, like the free KeepSafe. After installing the app, tap "Allow access" on the home screen and confirm the permission for the platform to access mobile storage. Then go to "New? Register here" to create a service account;
Create an account from the KeepSafe home screen, app for hiding files on Android and iPhone Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 3. Enter the folder containing the photos and videos you want to hide. Select the items that will be hidden and see the "Import" button;
Select images that will be hidden from the Android gallery by KeepSafe Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Step 4. Create a four-digit PIN and then confirm the code. The images will already be in a private album, password protected.
PIN code creation for file protection from the Android gallery Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Ready. Enjoy the tips to protect your files from prying eyes on Android.
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