Most iPhone and iPad users are using the native Photos app to browse the images and videos they capture with the built-in camera or save via the internet instead of some third-party alternative.
But while the Photos app works very well as a media viewer, it lacks several high-demand features that more advanced users would like to see, and that’s where a new jailbreak tweak called AlbumManager by iOS developer NoisyFlake comes into play.
AlbumManager incorporates a plethora of new power user and security-based features that will both offer workflow improvements and help keep your media private from potential snoopers.
Among some of the features that AlbumManager adds into the native Photos app are:
- Moving (not copying) media: AlbumManager can move media from one album to another without simply making a copy of it. Normally, if you try to move an image or video from the Camera Roll to another album, it simply makes a copy and leaves the original in the Camera Roll. AlbumManager will physically move that media from one album to another so that an original isn’t left in the Camera Roll.
- Lock any album: You can normally only lock the Hidden album on your iPhone or iPad, but with AlbumManager, you can lock any of your albums, regardless of their name or what you use them for so that you can enjoy a heightened sense of privacy and security.
- Hide locked albums: After you lock an album, or several albums, you may want to apply the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ principle to keep inquiring minds from becoming nosy minds. This feature simply hides any of the albums you’ve locked so that only you will know they exist and where to get to them. This feature includes a Control Center toggle for hiding or showing those albums on demand with a tap.
- Customize privacy settings: You can choose whether AlbumManager remembers your authentication unlocks for the duration that you use the Photos app or if it will require authentication every time you re-enter a secured album. You can also choose whether all albums become unlocked with a single authentication, or if only the intended destination album will become unlocked by that authentication.
Once you’ve installed AlbumManager, you’re going to find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure the tweak to your liking:
Things you can do here include:
- Toggling the tweak on or off on demand
- Keeping all albums unlocked until after you leave the Photos app
- Unlocking all albums with the same authentication method assigned at one time
- Showing or hiding locked albums in the Photos app
- Resetting options to their defaults (everything is turned on by default)
As noted by the developer in the tweak’s depiction, all locked albums remain locked whether you’re browsing them in the Photos app or via a photo viewer from a third-party app. Additionally, the tweak integrates seamlessly with all album types, whether you’re locking the album you use for slo-mos, screenshots, time-lapses, or something else.
In case you were wondering, AlbumManager provides three different ways that you can authenticate yourself for viewing a locked album, and those include: using an alpha-numeric password, using a numeric passcode, or using biometric authentication such as Face ID or Touch ID.
If you’d like to use the new AlbumManager jailbreak tweak to upgrade your iPhone or iPad’s Photos app, then you can acquire the tweak for $2.99 from the Chariz repository via your favorite package manager app on any supported jailbreak.
Currently, the tweak is designed to work with all iOS & iPadOS 15 and 16 jailbreaks, including Dopamine, palera1n-c, and XinaA15. Please note that the developer is aware of a problem with using Face ID authentication on the XinaA15 jailbreak, and it appears to be an issue with the jailbreak itself.
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