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[Android] Password protect your photos and videos with Vaulty

Vaulty app for Android [1]One of the biggest downsides of keeping a private photo or video is the risk of being exposed. Unfortunately, these types of situations often happen to a lot of Android users, as devices get passed around often. There are even instances where the abusers would use a photo to blackmail or extort their victims. This is why apps like Vaulty can help a lot in keeping your media files safe from prying eyes.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Vaulty is an app that lets you hide and password protect the images and videos inside your Android device. It works for both tablets and smartphones. Through this app, you can select the media files that you want to keep inside your private gallery. No one can view this gallery except you. If you want other people to access your private gallery, they would need to enter the correct PIN or password.

Pros 

Cons

Discussion

Vaulty Hide Photos and Videos [2]What makes Vaulty different from other apps is that it features a lot of other things that you cannot easily find other photo lockers. It has its own photo edit tool, you can view your images via slideshow and you can even share your private images to your contacts on Facebook, Gmail, Viber, and other apps. It also does a good job in hiding and keeping your private photos. It’s just that I find its frequent “media scanning” quite annoying because it slows down the performance of my smartphone. It could have been better if there’s a way to turn off this feature. Nonetheless, I didn’t have any difficulties when it comes to moving my files into my private photo gallery.

If there is one thing that I really like about Vaulty, it is none other than its ability to protect the hidden files with a security PIN or password. This is very useful especially when you want to hide a confidential image or video. Of course, this doesn’t guarantee that your files will be 100% safe from photo thieves and hackers. Even so, it is good to know that there is an easier way to keep your images and videos hidden from prying eyes and unauthorized viewers.

Vaulty Grid View [3]Functionality wise, the app has served its purpose. Plus, if you are already familiar with the Android interface, then you won’t have any difficulty in using the app. However, if you’re not really the “techie-type”, it may take a while before you get used to the app’s controls. This is because there is no way that a user could easily recognize what a particular icon means unless you test it out. For example, the “Lock” icon obviously means to lock or hide the images but how will you do so if you don’t even know what button to press to access your default gallery? This will eventually lead to confusion especially for new app users. Not only that, there’s also no option for creating a file backup and if something goes wrong, there’s no way for you to recover your lost or deleted files.

Conclusion and Download Link

Despite the fact that Vaulty offers the ability for users to easily hide and unhide images and videos, I don’t recommend it — too many downsides in my opinion… especially to those who are not that proficient in using Android. There’s also no guarantee that the files kept inside the app’s vault will be safe just in case something goes wrong. I don’t really mind if I cannot access the app’s premium features such as the additional photo editing tools, etc. in the free version. What’s more important to me is to know that my files are secured and retrievable. If Vaulty manages to add an option for file backup, then that’s the time that I would recommend this app. Until then, a simple and free app locker [4] (an app that allows you to password protect apps, such as Gallery) should work just as well for most everyone and doesn’t involve the risk of losing photos or videos when you hide them.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.11.2

Requires: Varies with device

Download size: Varies with device

Hide Pictures in Vaulty on Play Store [5]