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PhotoVault

by Pacific Software Solutions
Rated: All Ages
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

Price: $1.50
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,301 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
72 of 77 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
Verified Purchase
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
Verified Purchase
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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Actually Hide Photos May 20, 2011
Verified Purchase
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
Verified Purchase
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 24 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hides pictures, doesn't encrypt May 2, 2012
Verified Purchase
This app allows you to hide those pictures you might find embarrassing for others (friends, coworkers, your boss, etc) to see. The same developer also makes VideoVault to hide videos.

This app merely moves and renames the image files. It doesn't provide any sort of encryption, so I wouldn't recommend it for anything that could get you into trouble if it were discovered. Anyone who removes the MicroSD card from your phone and plugs it into a PC can search through the folders on it and find the pictures. Some file manager apps can also display the images on the device (OI File Manager, for instance, will actually display thumbnails if you navigate to the "hidden" folder).

Your pictures are given a random numerical filename with the extension .pss (6060842.jpg.pss, for instance) and moved into the folder /PssInc/Vault/.Data. If you copy that file to your computer and remove the .pss extension (6060842.jpg, for example), or use an appropriate file manager on your device, you can view the picture normally.

This app does NOT work with files stored on a MicroSD card on the Motorola Xoom, and probably other Honeycomb tablets. That is because the card is mounted as read-only by the Honeycomb OS. (I'm not sure whether this is an issue with ICS.)

It's a great app for keeping people from casually stumbling onto your "more interesting" photos, but it won't do a thing to stop a determined investigator.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it does what they said it would!
It locked the pictures and you even have a public side! Really easy to use!
Like it alot!
Good program!
Published 4 days ago by Johnny & Riza
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Don't remember it
Published 16 days ago by A.Bren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by Munseok Lim
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Amazing, I really recommend this app to somebody else.
Published 1 month ago by Jmac
4.0 out of 5 stars menu in galaxy note 4
Since the menu button is no longer the same in the note 4 you can't get to the help screen to restore photos
Published 2 months ago by Troy C. Grier
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Can't move the photos once picked. You have to choose them in order that you want placed.
Published 2 months ago by Tina Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars PhotoVault hides the pictures you don't want everyone looking at
Great app to keep some of those photo's out of prying eyes. Has worked perfectly, just don't forget your password.
Published 2 months ago by Steve G
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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Jesse Paine
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