We’re not here to ask you about the reasons why you would like to hide pictures on the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. But if you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we have quite a few privacy tips to share with our readers and this one is definitely one of the topics we’re getting most questions on. So, regardless of your reasons, we’re going to focus on a simple, on-hand privacy option called just like that: the Private Mode.
With the help of the Private Mode, you’re entering an interface where certain folders that aren’t visible within the normal running mode will be visible and editable. The Private Mode is password protected and you, as the owner of the device, are the one to set up its password. You will also be the one to create private folders and to decide what photos – or other types of files – you want to hide in there. In a nutshell, you will be in full control and the only one capable to see this hidden content, as long as you decide not to share the Private Mode password with anyone.
This feature, in the particular case of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus, will be labeled as Secure Folder. The built-in service will spare you from juggling with third-party apps and it is also a great way to keep things hidden in plain sight. Even if someone will spot the Secure Folder option within your smartphone’s settings, activating it will be impossible without knowing your password.
How To Make Best Of Private Mode On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus?
Initially, it’s a 3-step process in the sense that, if you have never used it before, you must first enable and configure it. So, this means that the process would go like this:
- Enable the Private Mode from the smartphone’s settings and set up your PIN code for future access;
- Turn On the Private Mode from the Quick Settings menu and start moving your files into the Secure Folder;
- Disable the Private Mode when you’re done, to make the Secure Folder and all of its content invisible in the normal running mode.
Where To Find Secure Folder Or Private Mode Option On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus?
Whether we’re talking about the first-time activation or about simply enabling and disabling it, the option is in the same place:
- Go to the Home Screen of the device;
- Use two fingers to swipe down from the top of the screen;
- You’ll see that this will bring up the Quick Settings menu instead of the regular Notification Shade;
- And from that list of quick settings, you can spot and activate with just one tap the Secure Folder.
Bear in mind that, for the first time you open it, you will be asked to look at a short introduction on how to use it. You will also have to set up your PIN Code, as suggested above. And once you do that, every time you tap on the Secure Folder icon within the Quick Settings, you’ll have to type that PIN Code and the mode will start running.
When you want to turn it off, you have to follow the same steps as when you turn it on. Go to Quick Settings and tap on its icon. This simple tap will turn it Off if it was previously enabled, just like it always turns it On if it was previously disabled.
How To Hide Photos On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus?
Assuming everything went smoothly with the activation, using the Private Mode will be even smoother. Suffices to type your password, turn it On, and navigate on your phone to select the pictures you’d like to move in the Secure Folder. When you select one or more photos and this mode is active, you’ll also see an Overflow menu button at the upper-right corner of the screen. Selecting it will give you access to the option “Move to Private” and one tap on that option will move your pictures there. Enjoy hiding pictures on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Plus!