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Peek-a-View is a Read-Only Photo Gallery to Help Protect Your Precious Memories

February 6, 2020

A new app Peek-a-View is designed to protect your photos from accidentally being deleted by kids or others.

Protect Your Photos

Protect Your Photos

From developer Casey Liss, the idea for the app started with a young iOS fan:

Curiously, it all started with a trip to Disney World.

We went for my son’s fifth birthday. He hadn’t been to Disney since he was barely more than an infant. Our daughter, Mikaela, had never been.

Ever-so-independent, even just shy of two years old, Mikaela had strong opinions about everything when she was willing to ride in the stroller. After a few days at Disney, my wife and I discovered what would calm her down: browsing the Photos app on our phones, looking at the pictures we had taken on the trip so far.

This was utterly terrifying.

Photos isn’t really designed for this, and makes it possible — if not easy — to delete or edit photos. Given that these were the only copies of photos we had taken on the trip, I was scared that Mikaela would accidentally delete one or more of them.

The app is a read-only photo viewer. You can select from a specific album to show.

When paired with Guided Access, the feature that limits an iOS device to a single app, you can hand off an iPhone or iPad without worry.

Peek-a-View is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. The free version will show the 20 most recent images.

An in-app purchase of $4.99 will unlock the ability to view unlimited images in a folder and allow you to select from a number of app icons.

Even though any photos deleted in the Photo Library on an iOS device can be recovered in the Recently Deleted album for up to 30 days after deletion, using Peek-a-View can give parents peace of mind that they won’t have to spend time trying to recover their images.