iOS App Solves the Problem of ‘Overswiping’ When You Hand a Friend your Phone to Look at Photos


Admittedly, it’s a VERY first world problem, but a problem it is nonetheless: you hand your friend your phone to look at certain photos you took, and they go on a swiping spree. Immediately your mind goes into overdrive as you try desperately to snag the phone out of their grasp without looking too much like you’re hiding something.

We’ll call it ‘overswiping,’ and it’s even got its own meme. But you can save your ulcers, because a new app is making sure that overswiping is a thing of the past.

The app is appropriately dubbed Overswipe, and it’s made to be used on the fly when a friend (or maybe potential client?) asks to see your photos. Using Overswipe, there’s no awkward delay, you simply open the app, select the photos you want them to see, and hand over your phone.


That way that friend will only see the pictures of your vacation and not the embarrassing collection of bathroom mirror selfies you forgot to delete. Or, perhaps more relevant to our audience, that client will only see the few professional shots you keep on your phone just in case, and not your not-entirely-appropriate bar pictures from last night.

Just select photos, hit display, and hand over your phone. The app does the rest. And if you’re really worried that they’ll exit Overswipe and open up your regular photos app (paranoid much?) you can actually implement a passcode.


Introduced originally in April, the app is totally free on the iTunes app store. To find out more or download it and save yourself some anxiety, click here.

(via TechCrunch)

  • Poki

    Actually, that’s a brilliant idea! I don’t get why people (especially friends) don’t respect your privacy anymore, but whenever someone gets a hold of your phone, you see them looking at the deepest corners of your data which you never intended to share to anybody.

  • Jesse Scroggins

    I just make albums that include the photos I typically want to show people, and leave the rest buried in my photostream. I choose the photo I want to show in the album instead of just my main photo stream. It doesn’t have any security like this, but I think that’s overkill. Albums work great.

  • Igor Ken


  • Pickle

    solution in need of a problem. Don’t put pictures on your phone that you never want anybody else to see. Sooner or later it will get out by mistake.

  • Tom Waugh

    I use “keepsafe” for Android for private client stuff.
    For anyone else, just as others have mentioned, I just make an album for them to look at

  • Gordon Scott

    LG already did this with guest mode on the G2 (maybe even sooner with other phones).

  • Jason Yuen

    I agree with you to a certain extent, but the cell phone has evolved into such an integral part of most peoples’ lives that time spent with the phone is probably more than with a significant other. Sometimes people take photos of sensitive information because it’s quick and easy to access. Sensitive information doesn’t have to be porn or nudies, but can also be confidential documents and images you use for work. With so many companies adopting a BYOD policy, mixing work and personal life into 1 device seems to be the on the rise.

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    And now Apple has done it, so more than 39 people can put it to use.


    why would you use the unsecure crap?