Our whole personal life is now wound up in the smartphone we carry along in our pockets. We capture a multitude of photos and videos, which you may want to keep private. But, it’s possible that your phone can accidentally fall prey to someone’s hands or you may just pass it over to a friend unaware of their true intentions. Well, if you are an Android user, you don’t have to worry, as there are several great apps to hide photos and videos on Android. Well, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best photos and video hider apps on Android:

Best Photos and Video Hiding Apps for Android (2019)

Note: I tried all of these privacy-focused photo-hiding apps on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, running Android 8.1 Oreo custom ROM and they all worked pretty well.

1. KeepSafe Photo Vault


If you’ve used an Android app to hide your private photos or videos, you’d surely heard of KeepSafe Photo Vault. It’s been around for quite a while and is still one of the better apps to safeguard your media from others. The app has bagged massive updates over the years, making it cleaner and easy-to-use by all.

It provides you the usual PIN, pattern, and fingerprint authentication options, post which it shows you a clutter-free and categorized folder grid. You can jump into any of these folders to add and protect your private photos, videos or personal IDs. You can create new folders of your own, share them with other KeepSafe users and back up all of them to their private cloud space.

KeepSafe brings along a ton of advanced security features, such as fake login PINs, break-in alerts (where a selfie of the intruder, along with time and date of unsuccessful attempts is logged), and disguising the app with a different front-end via Secret Door. But, all of the features are hidden behind a paywall and I recommend you get it if you’re really looking to protect your private media.

Key Features: easy-to-use, colorful and loaded with extra functionality, most of which have to be enabled with a Premium subscription.

Download (Free, in-app purchases start at $0.99)

2. LockMyPix Photo Vault


Among the whole lot, this was my favorite pick for guarding my photos and videos against the nosy crowd. Called LockMyPix, this aptly-named app is designed to provide the safest photo vault for protecting personal all your media files. It is backed by a military-grade AES encryption standard, locking your files behind a PIN or pattern.

It renders an intuitive user experience, enabling you to encrypt your photos/ videos directly from the homescreen of the app. You can even instantly click pictures and add them to the vault in a jiffy. The add-on features allow you to unlock the app using your fingerprint, shake the device to lock the vault and even hide LockMyPix from the app drawer. The cheery on top being that you cannot screenshot the app when it’s unlocked, which now also adds to the privacy and security of your content.

While the free version offers you a host of functionalities, you also get the option to set up fake login credentials in the Pro variant. This feature will come in handy when someone is pestering you to unlock the app but you can give them access to a secondary vault with a fake PIN. The only drawback of this app is that you cannot backup private photos/ videos to the cloud.

Key Features: ultra-secure photo vault, which uses AES encryption and doesn’t even let you capture screenshots of the contents within.

Download (Free, upgrade to Pro version for $1.99)

3. Hide Pictures & Videos – Vaulty


Vaulty is yet another well-known and reliable photo/ video hiding apps, which may look a tad bit dated but performs its job perfectly fine. You can simply jump into the app, select the media files you want to hide from the gallery and password protect it from the outside world.

The highlight of Vaulty is that it captures “mugshots” of intruders, who try to access your vault but fail to enter the correct password. You will instantly know who tried to intervene in your private space, the moment you unlock the app. This feature is available for free to all users, which is unmistakably a plus.

You also get the functionality to create multiple vaults, with separate passwords, to store different types of photos or videos in each one. You’ll, however, have to upgrade to the Premier subscription if you want to backup your files to the cloud or remove ads from the app.

Key Features: extremely simple to use, there’s almost no learning curve. You can create multiple vaults to hide a variety of media files.

Download (Free, upgrade to Vaulty Premier for $9.99/month)

4. Hide Something

hide something

With close to 5 million installs in the bag, Hide Something is one of the most trouble-free apps for hiding photos and videos on your Android device. You can protect your files from inquisitive users via PIN, password, or the fingerprint sensor. The process of transferring new photos or videos to the ‘invisible’ folder is as simple as sharing a file with the Hide Something app.

You also get access to a mini collection of beautiful themes, support for a variety of media file types, an advanced image viewer and fake login mode to further protect your privacy. Hide Something is also particular about not being detected, so it doesn’t show up in the ‘recently used’ list.

But, the feature that takes the cake for me is that the app backs-up all your private media files to Google Drive and makes it possible for you to browse them with the desktop browser. This simplifies the process of sifting through and accessing photos or videos for the end user.

Key Features: uber-simple and secure from the get-go, but adds a cherry on the top with the desktop browsing feature.

Download (Free, get premium license for $2.99)

5. Vault


All aforementioned apps are restricted to hiding just your photos/ videos, but the Vault is an all-around app which helps safeguard more than just media files. It can hide all your phone data, be it SMS, contacts/ call log or even apps, which houses all your private info.

Aptly named Vault, this app brings along all the necessary features you’d expect to find in a privacy-focused app used for hiding personal stuff. You have the ability to create fake or multiple vaults, make the app’s icon disappear from your home screen, or record break-in alerts. You also get free cloud backup support.

But, my favorite feature of Vault will have to be the incognito browser that has been baked right into the app. You can browse the Internet without leaving any trace of all your expeditions on the web. This functionality can be seen as being similar to Firefox Focus (which was one of our best app picks for 2017), which does not record what you’re surfing on the Internet.

Key Features: an all-in-one privacy app, which enables you to hide almost anything. You also get an in-app incognito browser.

Download (Free, in-app purchases start at $0.99)

6. Private Zone

private zone

If you’re looking for an app that does a lot (I mean, a whole lot) more than simply being able to hide your photos or videos, then Private Zone should be the perfect pick for you.

This app is definitely useful for guarding your private photos, videos or apps, but has also brought along a variety of features for privacy-obsessed people. Here are a few of the top features of the Private Zone app:

  • Free Private VPN service
  • Custom Lock screen app
  • Phone Anti-theft Features
  • Harassment/ Spam Call Intercept
  • Boost – RAM Manager
  • and other privacy controls.

Though Private Zone is laden with several cool features, it’s at the expense of your peace of mind. The app is filled to the brim with ads, which can get frustrating for users. But, it can be avoided by picking up the premium subscription for the app.

Key Features: packs a whole lot cooler privacy-focused features than you’d expect. It has been designed for privacy fanatics.

Download (Free, in-app purchases start at $0.99)

7. GalleryVault – Hide Pictures And Videos

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This is one of the most popular photo and video hiding apps in the Play Store, with more than 10 million downloads. GalleryVault enables you to quickly hide and encrypt your photos, videos and any other files that you do not want others to see. By putting all your private media in a secure vault, the files are encrypted and nobody will know of its existence of the same.

GalleryVault has a simple and elegant interface, which provides you access to all of your hidden photos or videos in a jiffy. It supports all popular features, that you’d find in any decked-out privacy protection apps. This means you get the shake to lock, break-in alerts, fake login, fingerprint authentication, stealth mode, hiding files in SD cards, and more.

In addition to protecting your photos and videos, Gallery Vault also supports GIF playback, private browsing within the app, and a video editor to enable you to piece together a story using your hidden content. Isn’t that a great feature to have when you’re compiling a birthday surprise video for your friend?

Key Features: a decked-out privacy protection app, which hides most of your files and is packing a private browser and video editor as well.

Download (Free, upgrade to Pro version for $5.99)

8. Hide Files – Andrognito


Andrognito, which is an abbreviation for Android + Incognito, is one of the more secure privacy protection apps. It allows you to hide your photos, videos and other files behind strong layers of military-grade AES encryption standards, while storing the files in the cloud to free space on your device.

The free version of this app enables you to hide apps in just a single vault, but you can purchase the PRO version to create more private vaults, access your vaults via the cloud backups on multiple devices and gain access to additional features. It will also remove intrusive ads that annoy me almost instantly.

Unlocking the PRO version of the app will get you the fake vault spoofing, invisible icon, fake force close, and custom theming feature as well. But, the simplistic interface of this app had me attracted to it in the first place.

Key Features: stunning material design UI, with strong AES end-to-end encryption and cloud backup feature, makes it a definite pick.

Download (Free, in-app purchases start at $0.99)

9. Piktures – Beautiful Gallery


Taking a step away from privacy protection apps, I’d now like to suggest you a handful of photo gallery apps that provide you the functionality of hiding photos and videos. Piktures is a sleek-looking app that makes it easy to access all of your device’s media files, but we are interested in the ‘Secret Drive’ feature.

You need to swipe from the left to open the hamburger menu and access the secret drive. The Piktures app lays intense focus on privacy and makes you step through multiple hoops to enable this feature. Once this feature is enabled, you can long-press any picture or video and tap the “Secure” option in the menu bar to shift the file to the secret drive.

The app may not provide the users a variety of add-on features, but you’re free to create multiple vaults to segregate the media you want to hide from others.

Key Features: a stunning photo gallery app, with a secret drive that acts like a photo and video hiding vault.

Download (Free, upgrade to Premium for $5.99)

10. F-Stop Gallery


If you didn’t already know, F-Stop is one of the most well-known image gallery apps that’s available on the Play Store. It has an intuitive and lightweight user interface, which makes it easier to organize all your photos and videos.

The app brings along a lot of features that will improve your gallery browsing, sorting, and tagging experience. You can sort images simply dragging and dropping the files, but we’re here to discuss the privacy features of F-Stop.

The app has two such features, which enable you to exclude (read: hide) folders with your photos or videos from the gallery by adding a .nomedia file to the same. And you can also protect single media files simply by password protecting them. This secure folder is accessible from the hamburger menu on the left.

Key Features: a full-fledged gallery app, with an image editor, filters, privacy protection and a lot more.

Download (Free, upgrade to Pro version for $4.99)

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Camera Apps for Android

Best Apps to Hide Photos and Videos on Android

If you’ve been concerned about the privacy of your photos/ videos of recent, then I’m sure that at least one of our suggestions will help curb your anxiety. The hiding of private media content in secret vaults will take the weight of someone getting to them off your shoulders. So, do any of these privacy protection apps meet your criterion? share your opinions in the comments section down below.


  1. I don’t agree with you at all.
    All apps somehow can be breakthrough without any problem.
    Stupid apps simply change the file location and name and put it on a hidden folder. WOW , I`m amazed.
    Goto file manager, show hidden file and start browsing your folders, go deeper, and WOW – your pictures waiting on ark folders.
    Open files with any media app like VLC and here is your top secret revealed.

  2. Hi I read your whole article regarding these apps my question is any of this app if you don’t take backup of the data like pictures and videos on cloud.
    Is our data is on the app only which installed in mobile or the data is on the server of app

    One thing and other is is it safe that you don’t take the backup data on these apps
    In your opinion which one is top one most best app to hide pictures and videos

  3. Great post man. I recently tries the Privacy Zone – amazing app. The XOS launcher X-hide is by no doubt my favorite

  4. A couple of these i have used over time with problems Gallery Vault being the worst it managed eo lose a few hundred pictures over night and no rhyme or reason supplied, tried to retrieve and could not! that was last night 9/05/2018
    Vaulty has been great for a few months, now belly aches continuously to a paid upgrade, and to emphasize the point it only downloads a certain amount of pictures losing the remainder on way!
    This is just my experience obviously maybe other reasons at play, i shifted a lot of pictures from Vaulty to Gallery vault, which as i stated lost the lot over night probably with a paid upgrade i could retrieve them which i don’i want to do, luckily i had backed up the lot beforehand

  5. Nice! Amazing guide! Thanks on your guide on how to hide photos and videos. I love watching videos and this is a useful information. I frequently download videos and I use AceThinker Online Video Downloader. This helps me get my favorite videos from all video sharing sites fast and easy.

  6. Good to know! Thanks on your guide on how to hide photos and videos. I love watching videos and this is a useful information. I frequently download videos and I use AceThinker Online Video Downloader. This helps me get my favorite videos from all video sharing sites fast and easy.

  7. hey, you forgot #Secure gallary app. That’s a hide app from apps and storage pics and videos from gallery and file manager also. try this out one time.

  8. Why did you ignore Pinbox app ?
    Pinbox is vault not only for photos, but also for my documents and notes.
    Very great alternative for KeepSafe.