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PhotoVault

by Pacific Software Solutions
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

Price: $1.50
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 5.2.2
  • 5.2.2
  • - Fixed sharing private picture problem on Kitkat devices

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004JJGLHO
  • Release Date: March 21, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,789 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Protect your photos from unwanted viewing with a password
  • Choose easily which photos are viewable to the public and which are not
  • Sync automatically with your phone's photo gallery
  • Set PhotoVault to begin in either Public or Private mode
  • Enjoy an actively evolving app with new features based on user needs

Product Description

It's fun to take photos and share your memories with others. And that's incredibly easy with your Android. But maybe, sometimes, it's a little too easy.

As we take more and more photos with our Android devices, there are always a few that we aren't keen to have the world see: that embarrassing one from last week's party, that one of the surprise anniversary gift you're planning, or those from that secret work project. Now that you're really looking at them, there's really quite a few that shouldn't have prying eyes looking through them.

PhotoVault public photos
Anyone can see the Public gallery
PhotoVault private photos
Only you can see the Private gallery
Now You See Them, Now You Don't

With PhotoVault, privacy is no longer an issue. You can show your photo gallery to all the friends, family, and strangers on the bus that you want because the embarrassing, the secret, the private photos are all hidden from view, tucked away in your Private gallery. In fact, when in Public mode, those hidden photos aren't even part of your photo gallery--their very existence is hidden. And more than just hidden from other people, they're hidden from other apps.

You can even set PhotoVault itself to open in Public mode, so it appears just like a standard photo gallery to any who might pick up your Android or be looking over your shoulder. Until, that is, you enter the password.

You, of course, have complete access to the photos in your Private gallery. You can manipulate them; share them via e-mail, messaging, Facebook, and other social networks; give a slide show; and more. You can do anything with them that you can with those in the Public gallery. The photos are easily transferred from Public gallery to Private gallery and back again with just a long-click on the photo's thumbnail.

If you ever have any questions on how it all works, there are instructions in the app and links to online support and FAQs. Best yet, the developer is actively working on PhotoVault, adding new features and taking requests.

Never be nervous about the privacy of the photos on your Android again with PhotoVault installed.


Technical Details

  • Size: 286.7KB
  • Version: 5.2.2
  • Developed By: Pacific Software Solutions
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Write to external storage
    • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.0
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 10 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
I wanted a program that could secure a couple of photos on my phone, so I bought PhotoVault thinking this would do that job well. Well, if you plug your phone into your computer via USB, you can get to the photos secured in PhotoVault without much effort, you just need to rename the files to *.jpg

if your android phone has the "usb debugging" feature turned on by default, anyone can get your private photo's out of PhotoVault

So this program doesn't really deliver if you want real security.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Private photos gone!! July 11, 2013
By JAC
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Did an update a long time ago and my private photos disappeared. Created a new private folder and never updated it again with fear of losing them again. Private photos are gone again for no apparent reason! Your photos are not safe here.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Destroyed hidden files May 22, 2014
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After a recent update, this app decided to destroy all of my hidden pictures. Those pictures are now unrecoverable. Do not entrust your pictures to this app or you'll lose them too, and definitely don't buy this app, because support does not care that they lost your hidden pictures. Thanks a lot.

Make those lost files recoverable and I'll update my rating. Until then, stay FAR away from this piece of crap. I will never trust it again.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry no. August 6, 2014
Verified Purchase
I have a kindle fire HDX which comes with its own video/photo viewer. This app may stop other applications from seeing the photos, but go directly to the source and their all still there ready to be seen by all. And as previous comments stated if you plug your tablet/phone to a USB port on a computer you can easily access it through the devices direct memory.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Actually Hide Photos May 20, 2011
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I attempted to hide a few attachments from emails using PhotoVault but what actually happened was:

1. Every other file manager, including the built in photo viewing apps could see the thumbnails of the attachments. So they weren't ever truly hidden.

2. PhotoVault somehow made all my attachments available in thumbnail but not full view - even after I uninstalled.

Fact is that this program doesn't work for what most people are trying to use it for - to make a category of photos invisible unless with a password. Definitely not worth money.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't really work but there is a way August 6, 2014
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This app will still allow people to see photos on your phone if they really want to and have slightly above average knowledge on such things.

There is however an option in the security area of your phone that allows you to encrypt your device and files with a password so that they can't be viewed. Its built into every android phone.

If you have pics on your phone you don't want people to see then don't let others use the phone. Period. Put a lock on it so they can't just turn it on and encrypt the contents so it can't be read by a PC. Don't just get an app that sets a folder as hidden because anyone can unhide a folder. On windows it's as easy as clicking an box that says show hidden folder.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations! You've created the worst app ever! April 22, 2011
I wish I could give it a -5 star rating, but 1 star is the lowest you can go. Constantly locks up my Epic 4g. It's the only app to lock up my phone to the point that I had to PULL MY BATTERY to turn it off! Luckily, I got it on the day it was free, but I still feel that I paid too much! Steer clear of this piece of garbage.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars as others have stated August 6, 2014
By Kevin
Verified Purchase
Not only does this not actually hide your photos, it doesn't, but you have manually move any pictures you want the app to slide show over to it. It's frankly useless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Helpful
Giving this the benefit of the doubt - downloaded but have not used it yet.
Published 3 days ago by Bob Snyder
1.0 out of 5 stars If it can't do something simple like that, how can I expect it to do...
The first time I tried to use it, I selected all photos in a folder, but when I repeatedly hit the "Delete" button, it repeatedly told me I had to selected at least one... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Matt Wills
4.0 out of 5 stars cheap looking, but works.
Does what it says it does. Happy I don't need to worry about others seeing my wife. I don't know how secure it is if someone really wanted to see...
Published 7 days ago by Jesse Paine
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Very easy to set-up and easier to use!
Published 9 days ago by Paulina
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I shouldn't have gotten this. I have no camera on my Kindle Fire HD new edition so.....
Published 10 days ago by R. Crutchfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Use it frequently
Published 10 days ago by Joellen Ziegler
4.0 out of 5 stars works great
Works exactly as says and hides my photos that I want hidden
Published 13 days ago by Jeremy Hendricks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I Don't care what any one says. Bottom line this thing rocks. I dare any one to say otherwise.
Published 26 days ago by Vincent A. Day Sr.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Unusable. Crashes whenever I try to lock or unlock an image.
Published 28 days ago by Paul Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but needs more....
A decent app, gives you a simple level of security and gave me some of what I was looking for. However in slideshow mode if you change orientation from portrait to landscape, it... Read more
Published 29 days ago by JR's TARDIS
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