How to hide files and photos on your phone

This story has been updated. It was originally published on March 26, 2020.

Everything on your smartphone should be protected behind a lock screen—accessible only via fingerprint, a PIN code, or facial recognition—but there will be times when other people have access to your device.

Maybe your grandparents want to look at photos of the kids, your nephew wants to play a game, or your partner needs to borrow your phone to check the weather forecast. Whatever the reason, you don’t necessarily want all your files, photos, and videos available for someone else to stumble across.

You’ve got two options here: Use the file-hiding tools available as part of Google Photos or Apple Photos, or get an app built specifically for putting files beyond another layer of…

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