Save your photos from accidental — or deliberate! — deletion by toddlers, clients, or anyone that can't be trusted.

Peek-a-View is a read-only photo gallery. Using Peek-a-View, you can always feel safe sharing your photos with anyone, because there is literally no way to have Peek-a-View delete your photos. In fact, Peek-a-View does not write ANY data back to your photo library.

When paired with the Guided Access feature on iOS and iPadOS, you can lock your device into Peek-a-View, ensuring that the only thing that device can do is look at photos, until you decide otherwise.

By default, Peek-a-View will show your most recent photos in your photo gallery, but it can be configured to only show a specific album. Furthermore, access to Peek-a-View's settings is automatically restricted when Guided Access is started.

Peek-a-View will show you your 20 most recent photos for free; a one-time in-app purchase will remove that limitation.

Peek-a-View fully supports Dark Mode, Dynamic Type, Live Photos, videos, and animated GIFs. With purchase, it also supports several alternative icons.

Born from a trip to an amusement park with a very independent toddler, Peek-a-View was written so that my wife and I can give our phones to our precocious two-year-old and know that she won't accidentally delete any of our precious memories. 

Without Peek-a-View, we'd have to hope that she didn't figure out how to delete anything, or spend time fiddling with the Guided Access settings to block out the delete features on the Photos app. 

With Peek-a-View, we can simply open the app, start Guided Access, and hand her the phone. No deletion, no modifications, no worries.

What’s New

Version 2020.6


-- Custom Albums!
You can now create a completely custom album on-the-fly that is used only within Peek‑a‑View. Select the items from your Recents album that you'd like to include to quickly and easily limit Peek‑a‑View to showing only those photos. As with everything else in Peek‑a‑View, that album is *not* written back to Photos and is only used within Peek‑a‑View.

-- Folder Support!
Now, Peek‑a‑View recognizes folders you've created in the Photos app, and allows you find albums by drilling down in the folders you've created

There have been several bugs fixed:

- Small photos shouldn't be briefly shown while the full-size version is rendering
- Improved rotation behavior when a single photo is displayed
- No longer shows previews of Live Photos when Reduce Motion is enabled
- Improvements to VoiceOver support
- Fixed a rare crash in the Settings screen

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

MothMoat ,

Good concept, execution needs work

I like the idea of a read-only photo gallery, but the initial version of Peek-a-View has several issues that make it painful. The photos are displayed at a low resolution. (It’s especially noticeable with screenshots, but affects all images.) The zoom behavior is strange: it always zooms to the center of the image no matter where I pinch, and after I release my fingers it zooms back out. I also had it crash several times in the few minutes I used it.

I look forward to these issues being fixed in future versions. As of now, I can’t see myself using this.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback! I’ve already fixed the low-res images; that will be in the next build.

Aichonette ,

This is what I’ve been needing!

Oh my gosh, this is exactly what I’ve been needing! My husband told me about this app after hearing the developer talk about it on a podcast. This is perfect for our precocious and curious toddler who *loves* looking at picture and watching videos of herself. It’s a little buggy - has crashed a couple of times - but when Guided Access is enabled, it launches the app right back. Thank you for making this!!

Aaron_M_L ,

Instant buy

I've wanted something like this for a while. To me, it's like the equivalent of pulling photos of your family out of your wallet to show someone (instead of showing them every photo you've ever taken). This was an instant buy for me.

I was going to suggest adding a way to lock on a specific album, but then I realized it does this automatically with Guided Access. Great extra detail!


Limitliss LLC
3.8 MB

Requires iOS 13.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlock All Photos $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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