If you frequently suffer the minor pang of a panic attack when you hand your phone to someone. And realize you have sensitive emails/documents/images or other files on your device. Then you need a way of hiding those files from prying eyes. Or perhaps you have apps installed that you’d rather keep for just your own eyes. No one needs to know about that Farming Sim app you play. Either way, we’ve put together a list of different ways you can keep your personal files and apps secure.
Android has a few built-in features you can make use of to keep your secret things secret.
Unless you want the most basic of hiding and ‘protection’ from prying eyes, you’ll probably want to turn to third-party help in getting better control of your data, files and apps. Luckily, there are a whole load of apps to help you achieve your goal.
Hide your apps
If you just want to hide, rather than secure, your apps, one of the easiest ways to do this is by installing a non-stock launcher (assuming your manufacturer hasn’t provided a native option for hiding apps). There are a whole lot to choose from that let you hide apps, but among the most popular on the Play Store is the ever-present Nova Launcher.
While there’s a free version of Nova Launcher, you’ll need the paid Prime upgrade to unlock the option to hide apps. If you purchase that, you’ll need to navigate to Nova Launcher > Nova settings >App & Widget drawers and then scroll down to the Drawer groups > Hide apps option.
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Apex Launcher is another popular option that includes the ability to hide apps. Except that it doesn’t require a paid upgrade to access the feature. Just open Settings > Drawer Settings > Hidden apps to control which are visible in your app drawer.
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Lock your apps
OK, so perhaps you’ve hidden your apps using the options above but know deep down that what you want is security, not obfuscation. To stop people opening your apps at all, hidden or otherwise, you have several third-party options available. You’ll probably want to try and couple to find one you like most.One of the most popular free options on the Play Store to add a lock to your apps is AppLock; it works for videos and images too, but we’ve got more suggestions to lock those items later.
As well as allowing you to lock apps and other items, it’s also got a useful feature that allows you to prevent the app being uninstalled. Once this Advanced Protection is activated, you’ll need to use the password that you set to uninstall the app. You can also disable the Advanced Protection when you don’t need to use it.
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One thing that’s worth keeping in mind is that there’s another version called ‘AppLock Fingerprint,. Even though both apps now support fingerprint unlocking. It also brings other options, like a selfie snapshot of anyone trying to access your phone. Both offer paid in-app upgrades too.Once installed, you just need to scroll through a list of your installed apps. And select which ones you want to protect. Then, each time you open one of those apps, you’ll be asked for a password or fingerprint. Oh, and if the ads are too annoying you can pay for a premium version that removes them.
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Another option you have is Smart Hide Calculator. Which is a fully-functional calculator and a way of hiding files, apps, images, videos.. And anything else you want to keep password-locked. It’s not quite as fully-featured as Hide It Pro. But it does offer a simple way of making files invisible to anyone else that uses your phone. To access your vault of content, you need to enter the password you set-up. When you first opened the app and hit the equals key. If you want to use Smart Hide Calculator to conceal your apps too, you’ll need a rooted Android smartphone.