This simple app is the best way to hide your iOS Camera Roll porn from your mom

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Let’s face it: We all have some photos on our iPhones or iPads we don’t exactly want other people seeing. When I hand my mother my iPhone to show her photos of my honeymoon in Turkey, there are some photos taken on that trip I don’t want her swiping to.

In iOS 8, you have the option to hide the photos you don’t want other people seeing in the Camera Roll, but it’s clunky and the photos still show up in other albums. A much better solution is Don’t Swipe.

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A beautifully designed app that allows you to quickly and easily select photos to show friends, Don’t Swipe was designed by Caffeinated Apps. The name is a bit of a misnomer. In Don’t Swipe, you actually do want to swipe along a grid of all the photos in your Camera Roll to select the images you want to show other people.

Once you’ve done that, if you hand your iPhone to someone else they can only swipe between the photos you’ve selected. Shaking the phone exits the photo view, and allows you to select or deselect other photos for viewing.

Whether to focus the presentation of your best photos, or to hide your iPhone pornography from prying eyes, Don’t Swipe is a beautifully designed app that is, like the best iOS apps, wonderfully pared down in both features and functionality, while maintaining a laser-sharp clarity of focus. It costs $0.99 on the iTunes App Store.

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