There are photos on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus that are not made for public viewing. Good news! You can hide these photos from your gallery and lock them behind a secure pin code. This can be a very helpful feature if your phone is frequently handled by other people, or you simply want to avoid the risk of suffering any embarrassing encounters in future.
Here we explain how you can select certain photos, and have them stored on your phone in a location that only you can access.
The process involved making a folder that you can label as anything you wish. You then make this file folder lock with a code or pattern finder that only you and those you give the password or sequence to. Don’t allow strangers, friends or family pray through your most personal media files.
You never know what others will think. This can be especially important now that sharing photos to mass media is so much faster and easier than ever before.
Follow these steps to hide photos on Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus:
- Search and find the app called “My Documents”.
- Select a location to make your new folder. This will be the secret one that contains your private photos.
- Touch the option labeled “more”. It should be in the top right corner.
- Now tap “Create folder”. Name it and save.
- You should then move all the photos you want hidden to this folder. Make sure you look through all the media on your phone and in the gallery. Don’t miss any that could be found later by unwanted users.
- You then need to download the “ES File Explorer” to your Samsung Galaxy S8. Tap Download to confirm the installation. Once that is ready move on to the next step.
- Open the ES file explorer. It will be in your App menu.
- Once it is open, you need to search for and find the folder you created earlier. It should still have your private media files within it.
- Next you have to create the “.nomedia file”. Do this by selecting the symbol a the bottom of the page with the three connected points.
- Then select “New”
- Now find and select the option labeled “file”.
- “.nomedia” is the title of the new file.
- Once this file is created, the images stored in the file you made earlier will no longer be available in the gallery of your phone.
- They will be hidden and locked within this secure file as long as you need them. It is possible to add more images to this file, as well as take images out.
Now you can be pass your phone around freely without feeling the pressure to keep private media away from the eyes of other users. The owners who might benefit from this function most of all are likely to be parents, or those who live with their siblings. Students will also very much appreciate this feature.