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Introducing Private Albums - Bento Cam for iOS
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Organize project-related photos away from your iPhone camera roll

In our latest update (0.8.7) we’re happy to announce a new way of storing your photos. You can now save photos to private albums in Bento Cam. For those of you already using previous versions of Bento Cam, this feature has already been in place for a few months, but has so far been called “Save to Bento Cam”.

So what is a “Private album” in Bento Cam?

Put simply, it is a way of saving photos away from your default iOS camera roll. This can come in handy if you are talking work-related photos, for example, and would prefer not to have these (often) boring photos appear when scrolling through photos from your last vacation. There might also be other reasons why you don’t want people to see these photos, as they might contain sensible or proprietary information. To help you get started, here are a few commonly asked questions below!


1. How do you create a private album?

It’s easy! When you create a new album in Bento Cam, the default saving option is an iOS album. You simply choose “private album” in the list of storage options, just above Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

2. Where are photos in private albums stored?

These photos are actually stored locally right on your phone! But inside Bento Cam. This means, you can only see them in Bento Cam and *not* in your iPhone camera roll. This also means that these photos will take up space on your phone, so if you are not interested in that, you might be better off saving directly to one of the cloud storage integrations (Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive).

This also means, that if you lose your phone or delete the app, the photos WILL NOT be saved, just as the case with your iOS camera roll.

3. Can I move photos from private albums?

Yes, you simply open an album, click “Select” and choose the photos you want to move. Then click “Add To” in the bottom right corner and this will bring up a list of all your other albums. Then go ahead and choose which album you’d like to put the photos. You can move photos from your private album anywhere you’d like including iOS album (your camera roll), Dropbox, Google Drive or One Drive. You can also share them directly from the album as well to other places, we have yet to connect to!

4. Are private album photos also backed up to my iCloud service automatically?

Unfortunately not. Because they are not connected to your iPhone camera roll in any way there is no way for them to be stored to your iCloud automatically. The easiest solution we can recommend is to follow the directions of the previous questions and simply move the photos you’d like stored to your iCloud, to a new iOS album!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please check out more on our FAQ page or reach out to us directly at hello@heybento.com we are always happy to hear from you! If you haven’t tried the app yet, you can download version 0.8.7 here.

Happy photo taking!

Co-founder, Bento Cam



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