We've all dealt with it before: you hand someone your phone to show them a photo, and the jackass swipes forward and/or backward to look at your other photos. That's a huge no-no, but unfortunately there are still people out there who didn't get the memo (or are just too damn rude to care). Fortunately, there's a way to keep this scenario from happening ever again.

It's a simple app called Focus, and it basically puts other photos under a PIN code, so when someone tries to swipe left or right, they're greeted with this message:


There are two versions of Focus: an ad-supported, free variant; and a paid version that costs a dollar. If you never want to experience this again:


Image via Philosoraptor

...then take your pick from the widgets below.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • mgamerz

    I feel a "softer" message would go along better, or hell, highlight photos you want to share -> only can scroll through those images rather than the "HEY IM PROTECTING PHOTOS" thing.

    • NinoBr0wn

      Tell the developer.

    • Godspoken

      You can choose multiple photos that people can go through, according to the description.

  • Michael
    • Guest

      This what I call Android insult. Google prevent us from seeing this again.

      • Catherine Adams


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    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      ...that's a theme. Not the actual UI of the app.

      • Konstantinos Pap

        Who the heck uses this theme? I almost got eye cancer.

        • p.s.ilovethetheme

          What am I missing? What's wrong with this theme?

          • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

            it's so 2000 lol

    • Elizabeth Johnson


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    • lusky3

      Cobalt theme. And it's actually quite nice. You can tell a lot of time went into it.

      • th3m4ri0

        lol welcome to 2014

      • JackPackage

        Well, there are a lot of themes like this where I think "oh, you really see he put quite some time in this" and I appreciate their work but if the theme is still just plain ugly it's just not that good of an excuse.

  • maxkobi

    gezz negative comments, its a first run and a fantastic idea. guarantee it will mature!

    • Cat Astrophy

      Nah negative because it's a garbage idea. Just show them the photo without them holding the phone.

      • Mike Wallace

        You can choose as many photos as you want before you give them the phone. Basically making a virtual photo album which they can look at. You're not limited to one photo.

  • Jephri

    The message might as well read "my phone is full of inappropriate nude content of myself and others I don't want you to view." If you have photos you want to protect why not put then on Dropbox or another cloud storage service that can be password protected.

    • Steve

      We are entitled to privacy on our own personal devices. It doesn't matter if its a nude photo or a picture of your dog, people should have respect when they're handed someone else's device. Simple as that.

      • Jephri

        What kind of pictures are you taking of your dog?

        • APOI

          that's none of your business

      • Alphajoe

        You're entitled to the friends you deserve.

    • Mike Wallace

      I added the functionality to change the message to anything you want. :)

  • Crispin Swickard

    Unless someone has a launcher that can hide apps on, and the default gallery is hidden they can just pop up the default. Although you would have to assume they would be smart enough to do that if they would use something like this I guess.

    • Mike Wallace

      Hi Crispin, I'm the developer of Focus. The way it works is that you select pictures from your usual photo gallery application and then share them to Focus. You then give your phone to your friend and they are "locked" inside Focus. (Locked is in quotations because your friend can still hit the home key, but then there's a warning sound so you'll know)

      • Crispin Swickard

        That is pretty clever. I know you can only do so much from the dev side, and sounds like you did as much as you could. This app combined with a launcher that allows hiding should help protect peoples privacy pretty well. :)

        • Mike Wallace

          I did indeed do as much as I could. :) I was disappointed that I couldn't trap the home key but that's how Android is designed. The most I can do is sound an alarm to let you know that something fishy is going on :)
          Thanks for understand mate!

      • WHO?

        Mike, I like your app but suggestions. When people go too far into scrolling through pics its normally right AFTER taking pictures. I would FOCUS first on allowing the app to only show pictures maybe the first 10 pictures, 10 minutes, 24 hrs, gps location etc.... Normally right after a pic is taken someone grabs your phone and press the album button to see themselves but keep flipping as they are nosey and get to our naked pictures!!! 'or whatever personal pics you may not want them to see" lol :0

        • Mike Wallace

          Thanks for the feedback mate! It's much appreciated :)

  • Mike Wallace

    Hi Guys, I'm the developer :)

    Michael, there isn't really a UI, it's one stock Dialog Box. The app is designed to be as out of the way as possible.

    mgamerz The "softness" level is purposely low :) But it would be easy for me to put an edit box where you can enter your own string...

    • Jeff718

      I think Michael is talking about the theme on that phone. Don't mind him, themes are personal preference and he doesn't have to like it. He shouldn't have shared that comment, it's just his own negative opinion.

      • Mike Wallace

        Oh. Thanks for that.
        Well, I like it :)

    • Derp

      Might be more subtle just to disable swiping and not give a dialog box at all.

      • Mike Wallace

        The dialog only appears if the person tries to navigate away from the photos by pressing the back button.

    • jamaall

      -16 degrees?

      • Mike Wallace

        -16 degrees Celcius. I made that app in January :)

    • APOI

      This is A Mind Blowing Idea Dude, thanks for developing this App, you are certainly "Shut Up and Take My Money" ^_^

      • Mike Wallace

        <-- is shut up

        • APOI
          • Mike Wallace

            I know, I'm just waiting to take your money :D

          • APOI

            actually i just broke my SGNote 2, 2 weeks ago :( . and i dont like the note 3 so currently waiting for Note 4 to be released . i will buy your app when i will brought the note 4

    • joser116

      It would be better if it didn't show anything when the person tries to swipe to see other photos. That way, they won't know you are hiding something. It should just prevent them from swiping or getting out of that photo. The owner would have to do a tap pattern to gain back access.

      • Mike Wallace

        You're allowed to swipe. The user can choose more than one photo to show the friend. It only shows a message if the friend tries to exit Focus by pressing the back button.

  • Francesco Lorenzet

    nice for a prank, not very useful, teach your friend to be polite, and btw, now everyone has a touch screen phone, so nobody want to "try it" anymore

    • PhilNelwyn

      Try it?
      It's not about trying it, they do that to see other photos.
      There's a simpler solution though : I don't let people I don't trust grab my phone (and I don't keep sensitive content on it...).

      • Francesco Lorenzet

        try a touch screen. the do not swap to see photo
        they swap for the sake of swapping!

        • PhilNelwyn

          Yeah, I got it, and I don't think so.
          That's not really coherent.
          Like you said, a lot of people have a smartphone now, so they don't need to try it...
          People who do this generally have a smartphone and know how to use it.
          They do it to look at other photos, plain and simple.

  • JohnLElkins

    That's a huge no-no, but unfortunately there are still people out there who didn't get the memo (or are just too damn rude to care). Fortunately, there's a way to keep this scenario from happening ever again. http://0rz.tw/vB6uT

  • Joe Blair

    Seems like a great app. However for the screenshots I feel you should switch back default theme so people don't get wrong ideas about what the UI looks like.

    • Mike Wallace

      I see that now :)

  • Jjjgjgjtntkg

    Ad supported app like this is stupid.

    • Francesco Lorenzet

      but the gif is nice

    • Mike Wallace

      Hi mate, feel free to pay me the .99 :)

  • ThetrueHooha

    There is an app called 'Applock' which is actually pretty awesome as compared to this, and with applock you can lock whichever app you want not only gallery.
    But still Thumbs up to the developer.

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    The should be an app that scans your face with front facing camera while scrolling through gallery - and if it "sees" it's not you - prevent scrolling. If I could code I'd try to do such app.

  • Awesome.

    Alternatively, stop giving your phone to other people when you want to show them pictures, or if you do, stop giving it to people who you can't trust to not rummage through your stuff. No need to use an app to solve a people problem.

    • http://mobers.org/ psydex

      9/10 would take the phone off your hands and start scrolling.

  • Asimoalex

    I've always wondered how this isn't a stock feature yet my old original flip razor could do this

  • Renan Lazarotto

    Tested for, like, 30 seconds and got a force-close when the pin-dialog was up and I tried to hit home button. The idea is perfect, just need a bit of polish. Will look for it when it grows, already added the paid version to wishlist.

    • Mike Wallace

      Hi Renan, you're the second person to mention the FC on the PIN dialog. I will fix this and be updating the app on the weekend. Thanks for your feedback :)

      • Renan Lazarotto

        My pleasure. If I find anything else, I'll let you know =)

  • Da Fuq

    Really??? How about just not giving them the phone?

  • Mike Wallace

    Hi everyone, I'm the developer of Focus and I just wanted to let you know that I have created a Google+ community for you to ask questions, request features and report bugs! You can find it here : http://goo.gl/fxZKub​