How To: Easily hide private photos on Android with KeepSafe

With so many powerful cameras added on smartphones these days, our photo galleries are increasing as we speak. But not all photos are the same – some are meant for our eyes only and we sure wouldn’t want them to be accessible for anyone.

There’s more than one way to hide some of your photos so they don’t show up in the gallery – but not all of them are as fast as KeepSafe. This cool app works like a vault in which you can store all your private photos. If this sounds interesting keep reading for instructions on how to install and use it!

Install KeepSafe from the Play Store (link below). The app is freemium – this means it has several free features but it does offer premium ones as well via IAPs. Worry not, KeepSafe is actually a good app even if you’re relying just on its free features and we used the free version for the purpose of this guide.


Download KeepSafe (Google Play)

After the app finishes installing, you’ll need to create a PIN. Just type it on the number pad, hit OK, and repeat the process one more time.

KeepSafe Login

Now that your photo vault is PIN protected, you’ll need to login or create an account. For that you simply need to input your email address and a verification code will be sent as soon as you do that.

Enter the verification code in the app and you’ll be able to add new photos from the main screen using the dedicated shortcut located at the bottom of the screen. This will open your photo gallery. To move a photo to the app’s vault use the Share option and select KeepSafe from the menu. Once it’s moved to your private vault, it will no longer be available in the gallery, although you can quickly ‘unhide’ single or multiple items so they re-appear in the gallery.

Alternatively you can use the camera icon to quickly snap a new photo.

KeepSafe new album

You can also create new albums by tapping on the large plus sign in the upper-right area of the screen.

You can access KeepSafe’s settings from the app’s hamburger icon. Here, some of the features are premium (there’s a free 30 day trial available by the way). One of the free and useful feature is the option to store your photos in a private cloud. It’s enabled by default, but you can turn it off at any time.

The premium set of features is also interesting. For example, one of them lets you create a second PIN that opens a fake vault you can use to trick someone (that’s potentially pressuring you) into thinking they’ve gained access to your private photos. Another paid feature lets you disguise KeepSafe as another app, plus the ‘Break-in Alert’ system notifies you when someone tries to access your private image locker (it even snaps a photo at that moment). And it also comes with a Snapchat-like photo sharing feature that lets you send self-destructing photos.

KeepSafe can be really useful even if you only use the free features. The premium bundle is available for $4.99 a month – quite expensive considering this is not a one time payment -, but worth it if you want peace of mind when it comes to your personal photos.

Did you ever use KeepSafe and do you find its premium features useful enough to pay a $5 monthly subscription? Let us know what you think of the app in the comments section or drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.