WEB DESK: Even though Apple has made security of its devices a priority with a touch ID or a customized passcode, some of us need more than. Few things in phones are, um, a bit more private than the rest and it requires eyes of the owner only, that’s where these hacks come in.
Here are a few easy ways to hide photos, embarrassing app notifications, and a bunch of other secrets in plain sight on your iPhone.
Hide specific pics in your photo library
Here’s what to do: go to the photo or video you want banished, tap on the share button in the bottom left, and select “Hide.” This will hide the selected item from Collections, Years, and Moments — which means it won’t show up as you scroll through recent photos — but it will still be visible via the Albums tab.
Stash extremely secret stuff inside a decoy calculator app
If your select pics or vids require some next-level, White House-style security, there are a handful of decoy apps designed for sneakily stashing things-that-shall-not-be-found. The best I’ve found is called Calculator+.
Not only does the icon and interface resemble the default iOS calculator’s, but it’s actually a functioning calculator! Perfect for doing math! It will only unlock to reveal your secret photo vault when a special numerical code (which you set the first time you open it) is entered followed by the percent symbol.
Get rid of potentially text messages individually
It’s easy to delete entire text conversations, but it’s also suspicious. What if you just want to expel a certain salacious or potentially incriminating section of a conversation? Here’s how to do it: open the message, tap and hold on the text in question, and tap “More” when the pop-up appears.
Here, you have the option to select any of the included messages (from any party involved) and trash them individually. Sneaky? Sure. Brilliant? Absolutely.
Turn off select lock-screen notifications
Tinder messages, Neko Atsume updates, and other embarrassing notifications always pop up on your screen at the most inopportune moments. You can control which apps do what when your phone is locked, so hide that shit! Go to Settings > Notifications and scroll to the offending app(s) and uncheck “Show on Lock Screen.”