Peek-a-View 4+

Read-only photo gallery

Limitliss LLC

    • 4.7 • 290 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Keep your photos safer than ever, no matter who is using your phone.

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 2022.2

Add a new instructive video to show how to make a shortcut to automatically start Guided Access. You can access this from Settings or from the second page of onboarding, for new users, from the second page of onboarding.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
290 Ratings

290 Ratings

pinkhillboy ,

Perfect for controlling access to pictures and videos on your device

The app makes handing your phone over to another person to view photos much less fraught. While it is geared to allowing kids to play with pictures and videos in a controlled setting, it also works great with sharing a curated set of pictures with adults. It transforms your phone, in the best way possible, into a single use device: a picture (and video) frame.

sirmarcos ,

Thumbnail cropping is odd.

The cropping on thumbnail seems strange, the thumbnails look odd and not anything like the actual photos. It seems worse on live photos; actually maybe it is only a live photo issue but since most photos I take on my iPhone and most are by default Live photos, most of my photos look really weirdly cropped in the thumbnail view.

The other thing that would be nice if we could select a person as an “album.” I don’t know if this is a limitation of the photo library API, but in Photos I can pick a name from face identification like of my wife or daughter. I would love to be able to just pick my daughters name and let her look at her own pictures.

jefe2000 ,

Best way for kids to browse the family photos

My family photo/video album is my iCloud Photo Library. Everything is in there, ever since the kids were born. So, when the kids ask to look at family photos, I hand them the iPad.

And, even though I turn on Guided Access each time I hand the iPad to them, it’s still nerve wracking for me to know they could be accidentally deleting swaths of precious photos and videos. Yikes!

So, Peek-a-View is exactly what I needed. It’s such a perfect way to let my kids get a view-only experience of the photos and videos they love. My nervousness about inadvertently deleted photos is gone! Absolutely worth the $5 purchase price.

Here’s a feature request: my kids are 5 and 8 years old and I understand out to stop and start video playback. Please allow me a way to tell Peek-a-View not to loop the video playback. My kiddos know how to start the video playing again if they want to see it a second (or third, or tenth) time.

App Privacy

The developer, Limitliss LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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