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Rated: All Ages
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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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

  • Release Date: March 21, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,881 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

PhotoVault hides pictures behind a password protected wall, hiding them from people and other apps on your phone. It has lots of other great features as well. Check out our website ( for details.

It is best in this category. For Videos, checkout VideoVault. And for text messages, checkout SmsVault (for Android system earlier than 2.0) or SmsDroid (for Android 2.0 or later).

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

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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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
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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry no. August 6, 2014
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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
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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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40 of 44 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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't really work but there is a way August 6, 2014
By Steve
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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 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations! You've created the worst app ever! April 22, 2011
By CJ Mack
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
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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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