Believe it or not, text messages are still very much alive and are used for various purposes. You may just be catching up with friends on the weekend, or organizing a business meeting. Whatever the case may be, the point is that texting seems like it will still be around for a while yet.
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Just as with phone calls, it is only natural that we will have sensitive conversations that we don’t wish to be exposed to prying eyes. For this reason, you may wish to go beyond the Android lock screen for protecting your text messages.
The apps we will be exploring in this article will help you to do just that. These apps essentially hide your text messages and only make them visible at your bidding. Let’s begin.
1. Private Message Box
Private Message Box is quite discrete in the way it works. Yes it can hide your text messages, but it can also hide itself! You will be asked by the app whether you want to hide it during the initial setup stages but this can also be carried out from within the app’s settings.
Please note however that in order to actually hide your messages you will need to set Private Message Box as your default SMS application.
The app will ask you to do this during the initial app setup but if you skip this step and need to carry it out at a later date, the default SMS app can be set from within the Android settings.
In order to fully setup the app you will need to add contacts whose messages you wish to have hidden and then you can go ahead and send your messages from within the app.
For contacts you have added, their text messages, multimedia messages and the call logs associated with them will be hidden.
2. Private SMS & Call – Hide Text
Private SMS & Call – Hide Text allows for effective hiding of your sensitive information. This includes contacts, messages and call logs.
Before being able to fully utilize the app, you will need to import the contacts whose information you would like to be kept private.
Dummy notifications can be set up for SMS and MMS messages. This can be setup from within the app’s settings.
The app can also be setup to monitor for calls from a private contact such that calls from these parties can be blocked at inconvenient times. Dummy notifications can also be setup
The app icon can also be hidden. Simply setup a passcode and when you need to access the app, you will need to access the Android dialer and dial ##yourpasscode.
3. Message Locker – SMS Lock
Message Locker takes a different approach to the other apps mentioned here. Instead of it being a standalone SMS apps, it detects all of the messaging app on your computer and allows you to lock them.
You will be asked to setup a new pin shortly after starting up the app for the first time. This is necessary in order to protect your apps.
There is one more step that needs to be carried out before you can start locking your messaging apps. You will need to give Message Locker usage access as indicated in the screenshot below.
4. Go SMS Pro
Go SMS Pro is not only a useful tool for hiding sensitive text messages, it is a great SMS app period.
On the surface, it really does look like just an SMS app with no immediate indication that there is anything special about the app.
But if you go to the tab to the very right of the app’s screen, you will be able to access what is called the Private Box.
On first opening the Private Box you will have to set a password in order to prevent the unlikely prying eye.
I say unlikely because it is unlikely that this section will be discovered since it is basically hidden in plain sight.
You will have to go through the usual process of adding contacts to your private list and any messages from them will be sent to the Private Box.
You will also find the built in SMS blocker to be a useful feature. It automatically filters out text message spam.
Vault is a security app which in addition to protecting your text messages from prying eyes can also protect your photos, videos, apps and bookmarks.
In order to hide your text messages, first you will need to select SMS and Contacts.
From there you can add contacts whose text messages you wish to be protected.
Contacts which have been added to your private list will also have their call logs hidden within Vault.
The apps mentioned above are all effective at hiding your sensitive text messages. Private Message Box and Private SMS and Call even allow for you to hide their icons making them quite discrete.
Message Locker locks all of your messaging apps such as Whatsapp which is great while Go SMS Pro hides private messages within a well put together SMS app.
Finally Vault allows for the locking of apps, text messages, pictures, videos and bookmarks, generally taking an all encompassing approach as a complete privacy app.
I hope this has helped you if you need to hide your text messages and TechJunkie thanks you sincerely for reading. Please feel free to leave any questions or thoughts in the comments sections below.