How to Hide Files, Photos, and Apps on Android Phone

Identity theft is a major issue in this digital era. People can easily siphon your personal information off your digital devices if they are not well protected. Files, photos and apps are your valuable data you have stored on your Android phone. If a culprit gets easy access to your data, he/she can misuse the data.

Sometimes, it is not the culprits who want to gain access to your data. If the cupboard is left open, you neighbours would also like to pilfer something. In plain words, you should protect your data from every one close to you – your friends, colleagues and your family members too.

Thankfully, there are some cool apps that can do this job perfectly. A pro-Android user would always rely on File Hide Expert and KeepSafe to protect their files and photos. Nova launcher is also a good option to hide apps on your Android phone. Let’s take each option one by one.

How to Hide Files on Android Phone

Android devices do not offer this facility to hide files, and therefore, users have to rely on third-party apps. Among many apps, File Hide Expert stands apart with its awesome features and functionality.

Download File Hide Expert on your Android phone. It is a free app and it allows you to hide and unhide any file on your Android phone without much hassle.

Upon launching the app, you will read a message that hidden file list doesn’t show any file. You need to tap on the folder icon from the top-right corner of your phone screen.

Now check off any file you want to hide from view, and go back to your main phone screen.

Here, you need to tap on ‘Hide All’ option; this action will remove all your files and they will not be accessed by any intruder. Moreover, these files will not be found in any file manager or gallery. If you want to unhide these files, open File Hide Expert and tap ‘Restore All’.

Note that any unknown user can always open File Hide Expert app and check all the hidden files. However, the app offers you password capabilities to protect your data and content.

To create a password, tap on the Menu button and then Settings. You will see an option to enable password. Check the box and you will be asked to type in your password. You should remember this password as you have to enter it whenever you update or boot up File Hide Expert.

How to Hide Photos on Android Phone

File Hide Expert is expert in hiding files; hence, you need to use another app if you want to hide photos or pictures from prying eyes. As a young user, you may have piled up some objectionable content, and you want to keep this hidden from your mom’s or sister’s eyes. In this case, you should download KeepSafe.

KeepSafe creates a digital vault on your Android phone; you can store all your contents you don’t want to show others. After creating a PIN, you can easily put all your sensitive data in one location. A notable feature of this app is that you can take backup of your data on the cloud. This means you can download or recover your lost pictures if your phone gets damaged or lost.

First, download this app from the Google Play Store follow the guide to set up this app.

Once the app is set up, you can add photos to KeepSafe by opening a folder and tapping on the ‘add picture’ icon at the bottom right corner of your phone’s screen. You can use browser to choose the photos you want to hide.

You can add photos to the app by opening your phone’s gallery. Tap the ‘Share’ button on the pictures you want to hide. One by one, your photos will be moved to your secret collection; then you can delete the pictures from gallery.

Ever get tired of seeing that damn NFL Mobile app that came with your phone and which 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 want? Hiding apps is a good way to clean up your app tray and keep guest users from stumbling across any apps you’d rather keep your own business.

Some stock launchers offer this functionality right out of the box. 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.

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.

How to Hide Apps

If a guest user is playing with your Android phone (without your notice), s/he may get tempted to use your social media apps to post something nasty on your behalf. Later on you have to ‘clarify’ that your social media account was hacked. Better to protect your apps by Nova app launcher. Rated as one of the best Android launcher apps of 2016, Nova launcher is adored by most Samsung users in the world.

Download and install Nova launcher on your Android phone. Then, open Settings of this launcher and tap on App & Widget Drawers and then Hide Apps. Now pick up the apps you want to hide and the launcher will not show them on your phone’s home screen or anywhere.

Stock Solution

This stock solution gives you an option to hide files in Android without any app. As a matter of fact, it is a trick to dupe your Android OS. By this solution, you can stop photos from showing up in galleries, audio files from showing up in players, and documents/files from showing up in editing apps. Note that files are not hidden as you are just renaming the folder in a way that Android take no notice of it.

In any file manager on Android phone, you need to add “.” to the front of any folder’s name. If you want to show yourself as extra smart, you can rename the folder using something unexciting like “.simdata” or “.systeminfo”.

So that’s the trick! We hope that you would use these apps and launcher to play the trick. For pro-users, it becomes mandatory to use such workarounds to save their data from prying eyes.

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