Try these hidden photo tricks on your smartphone

Have you stopped to think about your smartphone camera? Probably not. We’ve grown accustomed to carrying high-quality cameras everywhere we go. You can take pictures without worrying about the price of the film. We don’t even have to play around with the settings much, although we can if we want.

Even the best phone cameras are limited by the subject you’re shooting. You can capture the perfect photo with ideal lighting only to see that something has slipped into the photo. You can retake the photo or try to delete the object. Tap or click here to learn how.

Finding the image you are looking for can be a challenge when you have free rein to take as many as you want. And how do you hide your photos from prying eyes? Read on for more information.

Find your photos quickly

With the power to take thousands of photos with your phone thanks to large storage capacities and access to the cloud, you might be overwhelmed.

You can search for photos on your phone to narrow things down and find the one you want. Here’s how to do it on iPhone.

  • Open the Pictures application.
  • Faucet Look for and type what you are looking for in the search bar. Try a person’s name, date, or location. You can also search for categories like beach or selfies or events like concerts or birthdays.
  • Use the Moments, People, faces and Categories options to help you organize your searches.

Do you have an Android phone? You can search by people, things, and places in the Google Photos app:

  • On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos application.
  • Login to your Google accountt.
  • At the bottom, tap Look for.
    • To search by text:
      • Tap the search field at the top and enter what you want to find, for example:
      • New York City
      • A name or nickname, if you’ve tagged people or pets
    • To search using suggestions:
      • You can explore the categories of:
        • People and Pets: all the photos and videos of your loved ones
        • Places: the map allows you to explore your photos in the physical space
        • Things: objects and concepts that we have detected in your photos
      • You can also scroll down for more convenient searches, like:
        • Screenshot, Selfiesand Videos

Hide your photos

When a friend asks you to use your phone or you want to show them photos from a recent trip, what do you do? You put it back. Then your nerves start to get worked up. Didn’t you take any personal photos on that last trip? Your friend doesn’t need to see this.

Luckily, you can hide the photos you don’t want others to see.

For iPhone

  • Open the Pictures application.
  • Select an album, then tap Select in the upper right corner.
  • Select the photos and videos you want to hide.
  • Press the To share button.
  • Faucet To hide, then Hide photos to confirm.

To find your hidden photos and videos, scroll down to Utilities and press Hidden. You can view a file by pressing the To share button and selecting To display.

For android

You can save sensitive photos and videos to a screen lock-protected folder on your device in the Google Photos app.

Items in the locked folder will not appear in the Photos grid, memories, search, or albums, and will not be available to other apps on your device that have access to your photos and videos. REMARK: This function is only available on Android6 and then.

How to configure locked folder:

  • Open the Google Photos application.
  • Go to Library > Utilities > Folder locked.
  • Faucet Configure the locked folder.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to unlock your device. If your folder is empty, you will find “Nothing here yet”.
    • If you haven’t set up a screen lock for your device, you’ll need to set one up to use the locked folder. Find out how to set or change a screen lock on your Android phone here.

How to move photos or videos to a locked folder:

  • Select the photos and videos you want from the locked folder.
  • At the top right, tap After > Move to locked folder.
  • Faucet Move.

You can find the items you moved to the locked folder in the Photos app library under Utilities.

Google lens

If you have an Android device, you can use the Google Lens app on text and objects. Simply point your camera at an object and tap it to get more information. You can also touch Talk and ask a question.

The same goes for the text. Use Lens to scan text and get more information or even translate text into your native language in real time. Tap or click here to learn more ways to use Google Lens to explore the world around you.

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