Download PhotoVault (Hide Pictures) apk 5.3.1 free for Android smartphone

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PhotoVault (Hide Pictures)

Posted by Pacific Software Solutions, Inc. in Tools | May 22, 2016 | 98 Comments

Apk file size: 1.4 MB

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you might experience a problem that after you enter your password, the app crashes right away. If you run into this, just go to your phone settings, find apps, and then find and then check if “storage” permission is chosen. Enable that will fix this force close problem.

Update: Lollipop external sd card support. If you have android 5.0 devices, starting up PhotoVault will be prompt to grand permission to write to your sd card. In the browser screen, click menu (three dots on the top right corner), then choose "Show SD Card" (your device might be something different). Then on the top left corner, click the three lines, then choose "SD Card" (your device might be something different). Then click the bottom of the screen "SELECT SD Card". If you have questions regarding how to use this, please contact us ([email protected])


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.

It is best in this category. The key features are:
- Hidden Mode (hide app icon) feature.
- Simple hide/unhide one picture at a time by long hold on the picture thumbnail.
- Multi-select to hide/unhide group of pictures
- Multi-select to delete group of pictures
- Simple hide/unhide a whole folder of pictures by long hold on the folder
- View single picture in full size on both public and private side.
- Slideshows on both public and private side
- Share picture on both public and private side
- Organize private pictures into different folders.
- Create your own private folders.
- Set app into Public mode, which disguise the app as a regular gallery, no private pictures showing. And no password is asked till click on menu->"Change Mode" to enter password to enable all features

There is no other app on the Market can do all of these.

Remember to visit our website to find more tips and tricks.

If you like this app, please do leave us a positive feedback at the Market.

Want to hide videos, checkout VideoVault. And to hide text messages, checkout SmsVault (for Android system earlier than 2.0) or SmsDroid (for Android 2.0 or later).

- If you lost pictures after upgrade, remember to run rescue missing private picture tool
- Contact us if you have any questions. We can't respond to problem through the market reviews.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Whats new

    - Minor bug fixes
    - Android 6.0 support
    - When viewing an image, click once will show the menu. It auto-disappear in 3 seconds.
    - Full screen when viewing image
    - Minor bug fixes
    - Fixed some app force close problems
    - Fixed view GIF animation problem
    - Fixed menu button missing problem.
    - Support media files on removable SD Card for Lollipop
    - Added support for animated GIF files.

Pacific Software Solutions, Inc. part of our Tools and have average installs from 50000 to 100000. Last Update May 22, 2016. Google play rating is 87.9583. Current verison is 5.3.1. Actual size 1.4 MB.

Download photovault-hide-pictures.apk 1.4 MB


Wesly Jason

Galaxy s5 I gave it a 5 star when i used to own gs3. But now that i have a gs5 its terrible. Crashing my phone everytime i try to hide files. Please and i ll reconsider

A Google User

Great Great app. My only wish is for movement to be more fluid ( bit that's just me nitpicking )

David Shelton

Terrible Failure Mode This app worked great for a while until it began miss-matching protected images with unprotected thumbnails. Example: Photo "A" gets locked in the vault and is assumed to be protected. When you enter an unprotected gallery and click on a thumbnail of photo "B", photo "A" shows up instead! Not only did the app fail to secure the photo, but it made it likely for me to show private photos by accident. I gave it one star because this type of failure mode is not acceptable. I would have given it three stars if it had merely caused my phone to freeze. The Photo Vault folks told me to re-install the app. This fixed the problem temporarily. My next fix was to try a different app.

A Google User

Jctbuff Great program untill I upgraded to a galaxy s5. I set it to start in public, and it won't even give an option to open the private files. Now it's a one star program at least for S5 owner's.

A Google User

Why do you need to reroute calls? That just doesn't make any sense. A photo app should not have anything to do with my phone calls. Will not update until the permission is removed.


No pics. Had to reset my Note 3, backed up over 300 pics when I reinstalled this app it will only show 14 of my pictures.

A Google User

Excellent app easy to use!!! And when I had a small issue come up the support team responded with in mins and had it solved just as fast... thanks Team... I would recommend this app to all users!!!!

A Google User

Cool app Keeps peeps out .... including my self .. lost about it 300 files on SD card when switched to new handset now no menu option for note 4.. sorry but not cool

A Google User

I used to love it Now that I have my galaxy s5 it doesn't give me the option to retrieve my hidden pics please do something about it! !

Claiborne Steward

Used to love this app but since it started requiring to make copies instead of hiding/unhiding pictures on sd card its just not worth it anymore, plus also have the problem with lost pictures

Chris Chris

Good It is the very best on the app store but there are a few issues. First, it has trouble with large collections (~4000 pics) and will fail to hide/unhide them all at once but placing images in seperate folders (~500) images does help. Also, unhiding is slower than hiding. Apart from that, good app, worth the money. I have a request: Can you make a companion PC app to recover one's albums? So that one can copy a Vault folder to PC and use it to restore the JPEGS and Directory Tree. Thanks :)

A Google User

Galaxy 5s People having problems with the galaxy 5s just long press the left of the button then u will see change mode . sorted . thx

Brian Hinton

Need to fix Whenever u share a pic on kik it doubles so now I have a thousand doubles in my gallery. Also u can't move to sd card with new operating system. Need to fix ASAP love this app but needs update

Josh Evans

No license I've had this app for almost five years now it was a great app, but I had to factory reset my phone. Now I get a can't find license please buy at Google play message. I won't pay for an app I already paid for. I'm uninstalling. Ps.Same with sister app video vault

Robert Marti

Hate it now!!!! ... Sucks that I can no longer remove pics from the vault for public display. Now have to make copies onto my SD card, doubling the pics. Other apps don't have that problem!!!!! 1 star until it's fixed!

david ryder

Frustrated!!!!! Loved the app intil I got a new phone. Samsung Galaxy S5. Now it wont hide pictures. After checking FAQs and messing around for an hour I'm ready to install a different app for hiding pictures.

A Google User

Best One Available Fantastic app. But every time I go to use it after switching phones in says license not available please buy from the play store... I was probably one of the first people to buy this app back in 2009 please fix

Brandon Huntsberry

Great One app I continue to reinstall with every new phone purchase. Everyone needs this. Trust me.

Chanel Briana

S5 - no settings menu This app no longer works with the S5 KitKat update as the "menu" button on the phone no longer functions as a menu to retrieve hidden images or change settings. Please add a menu button in the app UI to fix this issue so I can retrieve my hidden files.

Dan Luke

Great App Have used this app over 1 year. Never had any issues.

A Google User

Transferring files Love the app a lot. The only problem I have is with the app is moving private files between phones and tablets is tedious. There should be an easier way to recover private files rather than putting them on an sd card. Some devices don't have removable storage therefore making this process almost impossible.

Tracey Shelton

Samsung S5 DOES NOT WORK! I hid pictures and cannot access them now!

jay park

Used to be good Wow this program is a mess...i switched devices and had hidden files on the external SD card... after I installed the app I ran the rescue function and it says it found the files but the private folder is just full of blank files and if I click on it it says that the file is missing and tells me to delete or run rescue.... I run the rescue again and it takes me through the same BS again...what the hell man..

Michael Watchorn

What I need but... It doesn't have as much functionality in the private mode. I can't slide left or right to the next/previous picture.

Matthew Satkoff

New Note 4 Still great app but only rating a 4 for this now because multi select is now not available using Kit Katt os. Hope to see it back

devin fagnano

No options button This used to be a favorite app but with no settings or option button it's useless once corrected I will change my review

A Google User

Samsung s4 It works ok, it would be better if it could find all previous hidden pics and not just some of them!

A Google User

Great app. Does as intended. Used on RAZR Maxx and now on Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

cale adamson

Just got the s5 and now it doesn't have a menu option to select private mode and enter a password.

Steven Samra

Does what it's supposed to Keeps the important stuff safe. What else do you want?

A Google User

I like it, BUT... Works well as advertised on your phone... but once the SD card is plugged into a computer, all pictures can be found and viewed buy simply renaming the extension. They are not encripted. So if your phone is stolen, goodbye privacy. -Update 12/2014,,, upgraded to GS5 & The Vault could not find the hidden pixs until I did a rescue of lost photos. Had to do it several times & it still has not found them all. Kit Kat won't allow it to delete the photos you want to hide. Thanks Google :(

A Google User

Physical menu button Just changed phones. App is completely useless if you don't have a physical menu button

A Google User

Galaxy S5 Love the app. Latest update is excellent. Love that you can have folders now. Been using this for a while. Love it.

Dino Sandoval

Update please I just upgraded to the Samsung Note Edge. Seems this is not compatible as I cannot hide any photos or access any menu functions. Please fix.

ethos iniguez

Hello weres costumer support? Deleted all my pics. Wont launch... I paid for this.....

courtney cooper

The worst customer service ever Have tried several times to rescue hidden photo's with no success. I have emailed customer service numerous times to help, but they won't email me back a solution. Don't put all personal private photos on this app without having a backup somewhere.

Lawrence Garcia

Was fine until... It lost all my private files

A Google User

S5 Failure Got and s5 and can't even get to a menu. So an app I paid for I can't even use. Fix this and I will change.

Marc Pechera

Three phones later and it still works great I got the app with a galaxy 3, the 4, with my galaxy tablet and now my Note 4. The app has worked great each time. There are some hassles getting it from one machine to the next but overall it was a pretty smooth transition.

Rich Bridges

Still reliable after years of use on many devices! I still use this almost daily. I love the ease of sorting the photos. The UI is very simple and that's just what I like in an app like this. Looks like the developer gave up on updating but I have no complaints. Maybe he'll surprise us with something in the future!

Rob Marchi

Trustworthy, Reliable App. Awesome Developers App performs exactly as it should. I've had it for years with almost no issues. Any issues I've ever had have been operator error on my part, but dev team always replies in a prompt, friendly and helpful manner.

A Google User

billyf (Fisher)-Billy-Jean Piper The best way I've found to keep my business My own.The picture quality is unsurpassed. It's' use truly is simple, yet precise.It's' the best Vault to hide secret photos- even racy sexual ones. Photo Vault is the perfect Vault to hide.Regardless of the reasons.Whenever other apps crash and lose pics Photo Vault won't -ever. Every time. Perfect HD quality pics. They seem to retain all of their High Def. As clear a year later as they were at first.Trust me.Try Photo'll be glad you did.

Garry Gaunt

Fansatic Works a treat, helpful customer service as well! If you have issues after upgrading to android 6.0 make sure to check under app settings to ensure SD CARD permissions are selected!

Chris Mayhew

Lost my photos Lost many years worth of photos after upgrading to Android 6.0. Very unhappy.

Ann Robertson

Just perfect for pic security

Naughty Forever

Missing Pics Had this app for some time and never any issues until now. I unhide some of my pics and they disappeared. I searched different files & folders and couldn't find it. Did the recover option and no luck. Pics are no where to be found on my S6 Edge phone. Tried to contact the company and no response.

keeroya newton

Hott_butterfly Had this app for years and got a new phone and lost all my old pics. Upgraded phones in the past and never had this issue. I'm am really upset!

A Google User

Nice Great app keeps my pics safe and after the update keeps my app safe too. I recommend this app too all they guys and gals.

Maree Walsh

Photo vault I love the security, however should update so once leave will app automatically log you out

Ryan Van pelt

Doesn't at all Sucks cause I loved it on my old phone but it doesn't work on my lg v10.

Michael Becker

Don't know what happened but suddenly couldn't see private or public photos. Uninstalled and reinstalled and now when I put in my password it just force closes. Is it cause of my Nexus 6 being updated to Marshmallow?

A Google User

Was great for years, now a disappointment App no longer moved pictures, just copied them and left original and have to manually delete. As of 1/6/16 I now see NONE of my photos appear in the app during gallery view. Will be contacting Google for refund.

Travis Litz

Loved it till Lost all of it Did the marshmallow everything gone.Even tried recovery

Tony Stark

Ok that fixed the craahing Created a password and then login and immediately crashes everytime. Please fix. So yeh those steps fix it so I'm happy, tho should prob make an update to make it more bulletproof. Anyways wish this would work with video and update interface a bit, otherwise is great.

James Michaels Fucifer

It was working great untell the last update, now it does not work.

Darrell Vanaman

Photovault Very good app for securing your photos, the built in viewer works well zoom slide etc.

A Google User

Used to love the app I've had this app since the galaxy S3. Had two new phones and was able to; unhide the pics, pass them to every new phone, download the app and rehide the pics. On the S5, which is my current phone, I used the "dial option" and now I can't even open the app, it doesn't even give me the option on the playstore menu. Did I lose all my pics? I need help!

A Google User

Pretty sad if you can't figure out how to use this app. 5 stars on Mytouch Slide!

Robert Carlson

Fantastic! App has an option to conceal itself and only be accessed via a telephone call. I set up the telephone code and the app with all the pics, finally discovered the unlocking app did not automatically install. Manually installed and works perfectly.

Hemanshu Bulsara

Doesn't work on MM ****Update******still sucks but here's the work around for all that have lost there pics on MM. This app is only able to hide pics on the phones internal storage. So all you need to do is copy the old pssinc folder from your sdcard and copy that to phones internal storage. Once that is done go back into the app and rescue missing pictures. that should fix it. Sucks!...Updated permissions for app storage but still force closes when trying to give sdcard permission thru the app and lost everything

Deon Garside

Good app Does what I want it to do. It's good to have an option to have certain pictures on my phone knowing no one is accidentally going to come across them.

Duane MacNeill

Photovault Does not open. Error message. Reported it but no response. Rip off!

A Google User

Fixed Major issues after update, but was fixed quickly

Yolanda Contreras

Privacy first!! Love this app because I value my privacy!!

migor salazar

Tisk tisk This use to be a really great app. I use to Highly recommended it until i lost all my photos during my last upgrade.... whats up guys?

A Google User

Its awesome!!! This app does exactly what i want! 5 stars all around!!!!

A Google User

Good app Just what you need to hide away those indescreet pictures of your girlfriend that your friends always seem to find lol

Platt Barber

Best by Far!!!! Tried many but found nothing better. Simple and effective.

Edward Mankoski

Shutdown Large folder 5000+ opens... When you select a photo the app closes. Smaller folders work fine. Any help would be appreciated. This just started a few weeks ago.

Nitin Chand

Great. Except ...when doing a back up, you need to unlock all the photos otherwise it doesn't save them. Found out the hard way when phone was sent for warranty repair. Backed it up but nothing from pg saved

brent hutchins

had this forever had to change phones and lost everything!!!!!!! its a piece of [email protected]

A Google User

Just love it Never had a problem and works great tru various phones...note 3, note 4 and samsung s6 now...?

Ronnie Gentry

Great app Havent had any problems

A Google User

Dominic Ever since my LG g4 updated to marshmallow this and video vault hasn't worked. Always for closes now

A Google User

Not working Works great after the update

A Google User

All pictures missing Every single hidden picture is missing, the tool to find them gives me nothing back.

A Google User

Still an awesome app.

Xiomara Velez

Samsung Galaxy S4 For last week I can't going into my vault when I call the password that I have on my vault it doesn't go though please help

Jay Dill

Lost hidden pics Android 6.0 breaks the hidden pic option. I ended up doing a little troubleshooting. Their method of hiding a pic is to simply add a file extension to the filename. By connecting to laptop and drilling down to the file location, I was able to recover them by copying to laptop & removing the .pss file extension. Rehiding the pic doesn't work so app is useless until they fix this.

A Google User

Nice Great app keeps my pics safe and after the update keeps my app safe too. I recommend this app too all they guys and gals.

A Google User

Used to be a great app Had this app for 6 yrs now ... was the perfect app, but now I can't delete or unhide my pics.. Emailed the developer weeks ago and no replies back... great app once this bug is fixed


Wow This is the best app ever for someone like me no flaws

JP Jones

Sucks Don't get this, it will totally delete your photos

Sal Khan

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Separate the Trash, Lock, and Cancel icons on the multi-select view!

Richard Hall

Photo Vault This is a very easy to use app. Having a place to secure all of my photos gives me peace of mind. The only people i wish to see my family photos are the ones i choose to share with. Photo Vault allows me that privacy. Outstanding App!

Chuck Maslin

Some issues need to be resolved One cannot select the presentation order of the photos in slide mode or any other viewing. Also the link to the website for problem resolution errors out in a php process. Files in hidden mode sometimes show up in other photo applications. Thumbnails are dissapearing. All this started with a new Galaxy S7 and an OS upgrade.

Chris Emmert

Won't keep photos safe In private mode the photos can't be viewed 90% of the time but no worries, after a week or two they just unhide anyway. What a waste of money this was. This software has only continued to get worse. Uninstall it is.

A Google User

Photo vault It's awesome. I like that you can take your sd card and put it in the computer and you hidden pictures are still hidden. I have used other programs that do show hidden pics when inserted in a computer. Great job guys!!!!! This is the only program I use for photos. I use video vault for my personal videos

deejay slushy

Lost all my files Had this app for many years and the latest update for my android has made any file in my SD card in retrievable. Developer is super slow on returning any emails. They must fix this

A Google User

S7 Not Working with Samsung s7. It's not hiding pic. It goes through all the items, even confirm you want it.

A Google User

I paid for this app a long time... I really don't know why I pay for it because I can't retrieve any of the photos that I had saved once I got my new phone so I'm really at a total loss. Now it's acting up and I can't put anything into the vault. I'm feeling as though I wasted my money

Curtis Lee Speller

Locked me out! I've had this app for years. This is the second or third device I've used it on. It transfers my data automatically. But this time, it locked me. My same passcode that I've always used, doesn't work. Help me out and I'll change this to 5 stars and write a new review!!

A Google User

Still have and love this app after many yrs and phones later just wish.... That we could be able to hide webms and videos..

Jonathan Bray

Keeps losing hidden photos. Very frustrating. Can't trust it with my important pics

Damon Shera

Have kids around Life saver for my dirty pics

Xiomara Velez

Samsung Galaxy S4 For last week I can't going into my vault when I call the password that I have on my vault it doesn't go though please help

A Google User

Nice Awesome app keeps my pics very safe

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