Sometimes you just want to keep prying eyes away from your stuff. We understand. There are a variety of ways to do it too. Applocks provide a quick, if somewhat ineffective, means of privacy. There are also special vault apps that store files and hide files from other apps. Of course, there are also OEM solutions as well. Whatever you choose to go with should keep out snoopy roommates or kids. However, a tech savvy individual can bypass these without too much effort. It’s not the end of the world, but more of a heads up that these aren’t infinitely secure. These only provide short term privacy benefits. In any case, here are the best gallery vault apps for Android!
AppLock by DoMobile Lab is one of the most popular applocks for Android. It basically turns any app into a vault app. It has a variety of security measures. For instance, you can hide it from the app drawer. Additionally, it locks down your gallery, cloud storage apps, file explorer app, or any other app that might access your files. This should work well for snooping individuals or kids. There are a few ways to pay for this one. You can use the app for free with ads, though, if you prefer. It’s pretty decent for what it does.
Cheetah Mobile has a lot of really terrible apps. This isn’t one of them. This applock works like most applocks do. It lets you lock up apps tight so that others can’t see them. It features fingerprint support and you can lock things like Bluetooth settings as well. There are also themes if you’re into that. This is actually a decent, free, and very basic applock. It is very unlike Cheetah Mobile, actually. It works best with older versions of Android as users have reported some issues with it on Android Oreo. It’s completely free with no ads or in-app purchases as far as we could tell.
Gallery Vault is one of the most popular vault apps for Android. It’s a standalone app that hides files. You import files and the app hides them from all of your other apps. This makes it good for hiding whatever photo and video content you want. The app also features a privacy browser, limited fingerprint scanner support (apparently only Samsung devices), break-in alerts, and file encryption. Of course, if something happens, the app may delete all of your photos, but that’s the risk you run sometimes. We’re not sure it’s worth the $14.99 price tag, but the free version has most of the features anyway.
Hide Something is one of the cleanest gallery vault apps we’ve seen. It also works well enough as a vault app. You can share files directly from third party apps to this in order to hide them. Additionally, it features Google Drive support for hidden backups. That’s kind of neat, actually. Some other features include GIF support, a fake vault mode, fingerprint support, and more. It also doesn’t show up in the recent apps menu. It’s cheap, it looks good, and it has the more common features. That works for us!
LockMyPix is another decent gallery vault app. It has a lot of desirable features, including complete offline support, a fake login, AES encryption, fingerprint scanner support, and SD card support. You can even open a fake vault if you want to. That is potentially useful if someone is forcing you to open the app for them. We found the occasional report of backups not functioning all that well. Otherwise, this app actually seems rock solid. It’s also relatively inexpensive.
Norton App Lock is another surprisingly good applock from a typically not-so-great developer. This one has all of the common features. It also includes a few different passcode options, support for multiple apps, and it takes photos of people trying to break the applock. Other app locks have more features. However, this one does the basics and it’s surprisingly light for a Norton app. It’s also entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads. Of course, it has the same caveats as other applocks. People can get around it with enough time.
Calculator Gallery Vault is one of a few apps in this very weird genre of vault apps. It disguises itself as a calculator app. You use the number pad to enter a password to access the vault. It’s a unique and fun idea and there are a surprising number of apps that pretend to be a calculator. In terms of features, this one includes a fake password to show fake content if needed, a hidden incognito browser, and a few others. It’s also one of the few that supports things other than photos and videos such as music, documents, contacts, and other files. It’s not perfect, but it usually gets the job done.
SpSoft AppLock is another popular and dependable applock. It has all of the usual features, including a function to record intruders, fingerprint support, a fake lock, support for 31 languages, and more. This one also includes support for different passwords for each app it locks and it has remote lock functionality as well. That gives it an extra step above most other applocks. We found the occasional report of a bug, but most people seem to like this one a lot. It’s also relatively inexpensive.
OEMs add a lot of extra features to their devices over stock Android. Occasionally, that includes an app lock or a privacy vault of some sort. Samsung’s Secure Folder feature (in the security and lock screen settings) is an excellent example. These apps have an advantage over third party apps because they are system-level. They can’t be uninstalled, they’re built right into the OEM version of Android, and that all makes it much harder to crack than an uninstallable app. If a lock screen isn’t enough, we definitely recommend looking at OEM specific locking features before going with a third party app. Trust us, it’s better.
Here’s the thing, folks. If people are in your phone, your security can only be so good. We really only recommend applocks and vault apps to people with kids because thieves can get around them with enough time. A good lock screen with a good pattern/PIN/fingerprint lock will do more to protect your device than any app on this list. If you’re worried about extra protection in case of theft, we actually recommend Find My Phone apps that can remotely wipe your device like Google’s option. Set up a good lock screen and we have a list of Find My Phone apps just below!
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