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Has the Hidden Photos app stopped working after an update?
The My Secret Folder app stopped working after the iOS version 11 update a few years ago and no longer allows you to access your files through the app. This article will show you how to recover these files by other means.
Red Knight Interactive, the makers of the app, made the following statement
“This is a frustrating and heartbreaking ending for the My Secret Folder app as the company no longer has the time, money, or resources to develop an update for the app to support Apple’s new 64-bit iOS 11 becomes.”
I made this article to show an alternative solution for “My Secret Folder”, but it works for other hidden photo apps as well. Most recently, the “Calculator+” app stopped working after updating to iOS 14.6. Follow these instructions to recover pictures and videos from this and other apps.
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How to recover your files for free
Don’t be desperate. There is a way to recover your files from hidden image apps for free. The methods shown below are intended for PCs, but will also work on Macs with some modifications that Mac users will probably be aware of.
What you need:
- A PC or Mac with iTunes installed
- Your iPhone or iPad with the hidden photos app containing your files
- iExplorer software for PC or Mac (free download)
To get started: Connect your device to your computer
In the following, I refer to iPhones, but these instructions are identical for iPads.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable.
- Start iTunes.
- Click on the device icon as circled in the screenshot below.
Make a backup of your iPhone
Make sure “This computer” is selected and “Encrypt iPhone backup” is NOT selected.
Click the “Back Up Now” button and wait for the completion. This may take a few minutes depending on the size of the backup and the speed of your computer.
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Extract hidden folders from backup
If you don’t already have iExplorer installed on your computer, do so before proceeding
- Launch iExplorer on your computer.
- Click on “Continue in demo mode”.
- Find your device name in the list on the left.
- Expand the choices by clicking the arrow to the left of the device name.
- Click “Backup” to see if this is the last backup.
Locate the My Secret Folder app
When you find the most recent backup
- Expand Backup.
- Expand Backup Explorer.
- Click App.
- Scroll down to find “com. red. MSF”.
- Double-click com.red.msf.
If you have the “Lite” version of My Secret Folder, search for “com.red.msflite”.
If you have an older version, try searching for “com. brighten.SecretFolder”.
One reader (KylaWitch) reported that she was able to find her notes in “App/mycom.pragmatic.my/library/application support” and then in a folder called “SecretApps.sqlite”. She was able to view the contents in Windows Notepad.
If you are using the Calculator+ application, you can find the content in XYZ. hyper tornado. calculator/Library/Data.
If you use Photo Safe, try ‘com. galaxy studio. privatediskfree’.
For other applications that aren’t listed, you’ll probably have to examine each and every folder in the backup to find what you’re looking for.
Depending on the application, you may have to look in “Documents” “Library/Data” or other subfolders to find the content.
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Your files have been saved
I’ve noticed that video files are saved with the correct file extensions, but my PC saves photos without an extension. Renaming and adding “.png” worked for me. If that doesn’t work, try “.jpg”.
Some applications open an image file even if it has the wrong extension, some don’t. If you still cannot see the images and you have a Windows-based PC, try downloading the freeware program Irfanview, which can work with many types of image files. It opens the file and renames it to the correct extension.
I installed Mo Wellin’s Lock Photos Secret Photo Vault app from the App Store to replace My Secret Folder. The free version works fine, but an advert is played every time you open it. After a few times, I decided to buy the $2.99 upgrade which has no ads. I chose this app based on the reviews, but there are other similar apps out there.
How do I recover photos from my secret folder app?
Below are the steps to restore deleted photos from Samsung Secure Folder from the backup: Go to the Settings app on your Samsung device and then select the Backup and Restore option. Tap on the Recover Data option and then choose Photos from the list of data types.
How do I restore my vault app data on my iPhone?
Recover deleted photos from your private photo vault app without backup. Step 1: As the first step, you need to download and install iMyFone iPhone data recovery software on your computer. Start the program. Start with “Recover from iOS Device” and click “Start”.
How do I restore the Apple photo library?
With the Photos app open on your Mac, select Photos > Quit Photos. Press the Option key and double-click the Photos icon in your Applications folder (or click the Photos icon in your Dock). In the Repair Library window, click Repair to rebuild your photo library.
How do I recover my gallery lock data?
If Gallery Lock is not running for some reason, you can use the following method to get it back. 2) Download and install Gallery Lock from the Market. 3) Go to Gallery Lock settings and tap on the Find/Restore Missing Files menu. 4) The missing files are recovered under the path /mnt/sdcard/DCIM/recover.
Why did my pictures disappear from my iPhone?
Photos disappeared from iPhone after the update
After updating iOS on your device, you may be signed out of your iCloud account. In this case, your iCloud photos will disappear from your device. To recover lost iPhone photos, log back into iCloud.
Does iPhone save hidden photos?
Hiding photos and videos move them to the Hidden album so they don’t appear in your library, other albums, or the Photos widget on the Home screen. In iOS 14 and later versions, you can turn off the “Hidden” album so that the photos are hidden completely.
Do your hidden photos go to iCloud?
Hidden photos are stored in iCloud. With iCloud Photos turned on, many users wonder “Are hidden photos stored in iCloud?” The answer is yes, they do. However, they don’t show up in the main photo panel, so you can’t see anything hidden without opening the hidden folder.
Can you lock hidden photos on your iPhone?
On iOS 16, the Hidden album is locked by default, so all photos and videos in this folder can only be viewed with a passcode or Touch/Face ID.
Is there a hidden folder on iPhone?
How to Hide Hidden Folder on iPhone? – Go to Settings on your device and tap Photos. – Scroll down and enable the hidden album using the available option. Keep in mind that photos or videos you hide may appear in third-party apps.