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How to hide photos, files and applications on your Android to avoid prying eyes

26 mayo, 2021

Many of us, to a greater or lesser degree, are somewhat jealous when it comes to protecting the data we have on our smartphones, especially if there is something as delicate as passwords or sensitive information about us. On many occasions we rely on the blocking method (now the fingerprint sensor is more frequent), but sometimes it is not enough.

It is then, when another person manages to access your phone (or you give them your permission to do so) that you will need to take certain measures so that they do not see more than you want. It is at this time that hiding your most private photos, personal files and most delicate applications makes perfect sense, and that is what we are going to explain to you next.

How to hide files

It is possible that you save files on your smartphone that are sensitive or contain some important information that should not be accessed by just anyone. Normally, smartphones by themselves do not have the ability to hide files that are not applications or photos, so we will have to go to third-party applications.

However, if you have a file explorer and want to hide multiple files, you can create a folder whose name starts with a period. Either way, here are three applications that will help you occupy files without having to group them in a folder.

File Hide Expert

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This is one of the applications that allow you to hide any type of files. When you start the app for the first time, you will see the list of hidden files (initially none) and, once you touch the folder icon at the top, you will be able to browse in search of the file you want to hide, no matter what class it is (It can be, for example, a zip, a photo, video, etc.).

Once the files you want are hidden, they will disappear from view to any curious glance, they will not even be visible in other file explorers. To prevent others from opening File Hide Expert and show the files again, the app allows you to set a password.

Of course, if at any time you want a file to stop being hidden, you can undo this process by reopening File Hide Expert, selecting the files you want and restoring them in a simple way.

File Hide Expert-Hide Pictures

File Hide Expert-Hide Pictures

MiXplorer

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MiXplorer is a fairly complete and easy-to-use file explorer that has multiple functions among which of course is the ability to hide files of any type, you just have to locate it, click on the icon and select the hide option.

If you want to carry out the opposite process, you only have to open the menu, select ‘Show hidden files’, press on the one you have hidden and, again in the menu, select ‘Reveal’. The only bad thing is that there is no indicator that says it is hidden, so you will have to know which one it is in case there are several. Unfortunately, it is not in Google Play, but it is in XDA, the link is below.

Download | MiXplorer

ES Explorer

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The fact that it is probably the most popular file explorer on Android you also have this option. To hide the desired file you must follow the same steps as in the case of MiXplorer, although in this case it allows you to select several files to hide them all together.

To show them again, first you will have to slide from the left edge and change the switch of ‘Show hidden files’, then, in the same menu, you must display the option ‘Tools’, click on ‘Hide List’ and restore the files you want. It is a bit more tedious, but it is just as effective.

ES Explorer

ES Explorer

How to hide apps

More common than having sensitive files is have apps that you don’t want just anyone to accessEither because it contains very sensitive information, because it is not suitable for the person who can take your mobile or because you cannot uninstall it and you do not want it to occupy a place in your application drawer. Contrary to the previous case, several manufacturers do have this option by default.

In most devices that have this option, applications can be hidden from the drawer itself. You just have to click on the top menu icon and click on ‘Show / Hide Applications’ to choose the ones you want to show or hide. If your smartphone does not have that option, you can opt for third-party applications such as launchers.

Nova Launcher

Nova Hide Applications

The best known example is Nova Launcher that, in addition to being an application to give a new look to your home screen and an extra customization, you can access interesting options, such as hiding apps in this case. You would only have to go to the Nova settings, enter ‘Applications’, click on ‘Hide applications’ and select the ones you want.

To carry out the opposite process you must follow the same route, only that once in the location you must uncheck the applications you want to show.

Nova Launcher

Nova LauncherVaries by device

Apex Launcher

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Another of the great known on Android is Apex Launcher which, although it has almost always been in the shadow of Nova, is one of the best options if you want a clean, fluid, stable and customizable interface. Evidently, Apex also allows you to hide the applications you want.

You only have to go to the Apex settings, enter ‘App drawer options’, click on ‘Hidden applications’ and choose the ones you want to hide or show.

Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher

APUS Launcher

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Although it is not as well known as the two mentioned, APUS Launcher has a lot of customization and options to improve your experience, although perhaps some of its features do not go down very well, such as the quick access bar in the notification curtain (which you can deactivate, of course).

But let’s get to what we are talking about, APUS allows you to hide applications. To do this, go to the app settings, select ‘Hide apps’, hit the plus symbol and select the ones you want. The difference in this case you can configure a pattern so that no one enters the list of hidden apps without your permission.

APUS Launcher

APUS Launcher

How to hide photos

Many people use their smartphone as their main camera, and the fact is that the ease with which we take it anywhere means that we can go to it at any time, for that photo that you were not planned to take. In some cases there are images that are somewhat delicate and not everyone should access them.

One method of hiding the photos and that the gallery does not show them is, using a file explorer, to put all the images (it also works with videos) that you want to hide in the same folder. Once this is done, inside that folder create a file called “.nomedia” (without the quotes) and the photos will disappear from your gallery.

Depending on the application that each one has to show the photos, they may have the option to hide them, although it is not the most frequent (In fact, Google Photos does not have that option), so we give you three other options that are reliable and effective.

Keepsafe

Keepsafe is an application in which you can put some of your photos, videos, and even identification cards. Every time you want to enter the application you will need to enter a four-digit PIN code that you have previously configured. You just have to open the app and import the photo you want into the chosen album.

It is necessary to warn, yes, that the photos you import will not be visible in any other photo gallery app, so you may want to have the Keepsafe icon handy if you want to check those photos that are somewhat compromised or contain sensitive information (account numbers, passwords …).

Keepsafe

Keepsafe

Private Photo Vault

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Like Keepsafe, Private Photo Vault allows you to import photos to prevent others from accessing them without your permission. Also you will have to set a PIN code

Private Photo Vault

Private Photo Vault

And, as in the previous case, any photo within this app cannot be seen in any gallery that you have installed on your phone.

QuickPic

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QuickPic is one of the best-known gallery applications on Google Play, and it also allows you to hide photos, although not individually. Instead of this you can only hide entire folders where the compromised photos are, so maybe it would be a good idea to put all those compromised images in a common folder and hide it with QuickPic.

QuickPic

QuickPic

There are several more applications of these types, but the three of each are some of the most reliable that you can find on Android today, and they will help you keep your device a little more secure. What apps do you use to hide your files, photos, and apps?

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