PhotoAlbums+ might seem like a costly way to protect private photos on your iPhone/iPad but the near-perfect implementation makes it worthwhile. If you ever want to protect photos on your iPhone and lock them up in a private password-protected folder, this is the way to go.
PhotoAlbums+ is a very old tweak that has been around for a long time. The tweak adds a private (locked) menu to the Photos app where private albums are stored. These folders can be password-protected and only you (or those who know the password) can open the folders/albums.
But password-protected albums is an understatement for what PhotoAlbums+ does. For the $4.99 that you pay for the tweak ($6.99 for iPad), it has some really cool features. Here's a brief.
For starters, PhotoAlbums+ lets you lock down a newly-created album with a password. The tweak integrates seamlessly with the Photos app so there are no additional interfaces to learn about. A small lock icon decides whether the album is protected or open. You can use a different password for each album that you want to lock down.
(Tapping on the lock icon enables/disables password lock: a locked icon will let you enter a password for the album you're creating.)
All protected albums are located within a separate page/menu within the photos app. You see a ‘Private' menu with a lock icon. Tapping this shows you a list of all protected albums. What is interesting is that you can even protect this Private Menu.
Adding photos to a particular album (that is password-protected) is pretty easy:
- You go to the Camera Roll
- Tap on Select and then select all the photos that you want to move to the password-protected album.
- Tap on the share icon
- You have three options: Add To, Move To and Add to My Photo Stream. The first option copies and pastes the selected photos into the password-protected album. Move To will cut and paste so that the photo does not appear in Camera Roll. This is what you need if you're looking to make some photos private and protected.
- The third option lets you quickly add photos to the Photo Stream (iCloud).
If you head over to the preferences of PhotoAlbums+ (in the Settings app), you should see a few switches. The Private Albums list pwd switch, when enabled, will ask for a password when you tap on the Private icon from the menu (in Photos app). This is the universal password-protected.
The Per Albums Passwords switch is the one that enables password protection for individual albums.
Given the efficiency, PhotoAlbums+ is an excellent tweak. The double-layer protection is great even though it's not that practically-useful because you can just put a password to the album and that should be fine. Also, PhotoAlbums+ is very easy to use and has been well-thought out in its implementation.
PhotoAlbums+ is available on the BigBoss. It's $4.99 for the iPhone and $6.99 for the iPad, a hefty price. For those who have the older versions, the upgrade is $2.99 (iPhone) and $3.99 (iPad).