Have you ever had a selection of photos or videos on your iPhone that you wanted to keep but also wanted to make sure that no-one else could feast their eyes upon? We’ve all been there. While Apple has had a built-in ‘Hide’ feature in Photos app since iOS 9, it doesn’t provide a foolproof method. But now, by using a discreet third-party app which doubles-up as a secretive media vault, it is entirely possible to achieve exactly that.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at how you can hide photos and videos behind a passcode-protected app without the requirement of a jailbreak.
The best bit about this functionality or feature, is the fact that it’s driven by a third-party app called HiCalculator available on the App Store. Don’t let the name of the app fool you though, it’s made and named like that on purpose to disguise itself, and best of all its a free download.
Protected by a built-in passcode, which will be set when you initially launch the app, you will be able to create a new Album of your choice, and name it to whatever you like. Suffice to say, this Album will be where you will store away all those photos and videos that you wish to hide on your iPhone or iPad.
As with any third party app looking to access your Photos and Camera apps, simply flick the switch to grant those permissions to HiCalculator to get on with hiding your photos and videos, and even better, snap new photos directly through the app and have them saved to your iOS device.
Once the photos have been added to your secret new album, you can head into the stock Photos app on the iOS device and actually delete them entirely. You can even delete them from ‘Recently Deleted’ album. They will no longer be visible for anyone accessing the Photos app but will still be present in the secret vault that you just created in the HiCalculator app, protected behind a passcode and disguised into a Calculator app!
To view the hidden photos, simply load up the HiCalculator app and you will notice that it actually looks and functions just like a calculator. You can even use it to perform all your math challenges. However, if you enter your set passcode and press the “%” button you will immediately be given access to the app with all your hidden photos and videos!
(Download: HiCalculator-Private album,lock secret photos safe for iPhone and iPad from the App Store)
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