iPhone App Review: KYMS

iPhone App Review: KYMS

December 18th, 2011 by

People with smartphones seem to have an ingrained desire to have a stash of hidden pictures and videos, though having an app marked “Secret Stash” kind of defeats the purpose. Developer IdeaSolutions has stepped in to fill that gaping hole with their relatively new app “KYMS”, which stands for Keep Your Media Safe. The kicker? The app is disguised as a calculator.

How It Works

Not the most exciting screenshot...

When you first start the app (and anytime thereafter when you feel like changing it) you are prompted to create a secret PIN code. This code is what you will use to get past the calculator screen and into the secret storage area. From that point on, whenever the app is launched it will always be into “calculator mode”, which you can get past by entering the PIN and tapping the “=” sign.

Within the secret area you can import photos from your camera roll, directly from the camera itself; from Facebook, or from your PC through WiFi connection; add through the iTunes file sharing feature, or use the built-in browser to download images and movies. You can create multiple collections in the private area, crop photos, view a slideshow of your photos, view photos on another screen using the built-in AirPlay support, and share photos through Twitter and Facebook (though why you’re sharing “secret” photos through social media is unclear).

There’s even a new “panic mode” gesture that kind of sounds like a joke at first: you use your hand to cover the screen. It actually works by dropping the app straight back to calculator mode, though it would have been more entertaining had your hand covering the screen been the entire feature.

Pros And Cons

KYMS has a free and paid version, with a slightly different feature set for the free one and some limitations on the size of each collection (only ten photos and one video per collection). This is a good compromise that lets you try out a basically fully-functional app with all of the important parts working (calculator, password, basic collections), but with none of the advanced features working (photo cropping, AirPlay, slideshow).

The nice thing about the app is that the calculator works and launches fairly quickly, so I found myself actually using the calculator when I needed to work with some numbers. The other great part is that even the icon is completely innocuous, looking like a basic calculator so that you can hide your, erm, private media from casual viewers.

The only added feature I would love to see is the capability for a more complicated password, like some sort of bizarre equation that you can define on the calculator itself, rather than just a four-number combo with the “equals” sign. There’s no good reason why you shouldn’t be able to use, for instance, four different operator symbols, rather than four numerals.


Those looking to hide their secret pictures and videos, as well as those looking for a secret browsing environment, should check out KYMS. It’s a fully-functioning calculator as well as a full-featured media-collection suite, and there’s even a free version if you think you just can’t part with that 99-cents. KYMS is a universal app available for both iPad and smaller iDevices.

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