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  1. Stevens6464's Avatar
    I've looked everywhere and can't seem how to turn this feature off. I have some personal photo's that I do not want on display when ever I whip my phone out in public. So how do you turn live tiles off for the "Photos" app. Thanks.
    03-02-2014 12:54 PM
  2. HTC13's Avatar
    Make the tile the smallest size and the photos will not display, just the theme color. There isn't a way to turn it off that I am aware of for medium an wide tiles.
    Stevens6464 likes this.
    03-02-2014 12:58 PM
  3. xmob101's Avatar
    I have a few pictures marked as 'favourites' and they are the only ones that rotate on the large pictures tile on the home screen. Try that?

    AFAIK there's no way to hide some of the pics and have the rest rotate.
    03-02-2014 04:24 PM
  4. TheCrazySwede's Avatar
    I have a few pictures marked as 'favourites' and they are the only ones that rotate on the large pictures tile on the home screen. Try that?

    AFAIK there's no way to hide some of the pics and have the rest rotate.
    If you have "Favorites," then those photos will show a thumbnail on the Camera Roll/Saved Photos tile. Alternatively, if removing favorites is not what you want, you can make the Photo Tile smaller, thus disabling the thumbnail. Removing all favorites will make the thumbnail randomly select photos to preview. If you want, you can select one or more photos that you wouldn't mind/prefer having as a live thumbnail and just keep that photo/those photos as your favorites.
    03-02-2014 05:12 PM
  5. xmob101's Avatar
    Was that reply meant for me or the OP? You're absolutely right and I was saying the same thing. The OP wanted to make sure his private photos aren't seen on the live tile and I was just saying that short of getting rid of the live tile OR making it smaller (like you suggested) he can save some pics as favourites and those will rotate. This way he can keep a large photos tile on the start screen.

    I wish we get some kind of private vault feature with WP 8.1 to store away stuff behind a password.
    03-02-2014 05:47 PM
  6. Candy Redd's Avatar
    PHOTOS>SETTINGS>start tile shows....choose single photo

    that single photo will be your tile and will not change unless you change it
    gpobernardo likes this.
    11-03-2014 01:33 AM
  7. mth17's Avatar
    Actually... There is a better way that I have found because I had the same problem as OP

    1. Make 1 photo your "favorite"
    2. Make sure there are no other favorite photos
    3. Go to your Settings.
    4. Swipe to the Applications Tab.
    5. Press photos+camera
    6. Select "favorite photos" from the dropdown menu of "Start Tile shows"
    7. Remove the the photo that you have made a favorite in Step 1
    8. ???
    9. Profit. Your start screen will no longer show any photos, but rather just say Photos
    10. I did this because I wanted to Photos Tile to be transparent too and wanted to see my background perfectly.


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    Last edited by mth17; 11-08-2014 at 11:33 AM. Reason: Included a screenshot of my Start Screen to show your that I do not have photos randomly appearing.
    11-08-2014 11:26 AM
  8. bradhicks's Avatar
    Agree with poster above. Discovered this by accident the other day, and now my Photo's tile is also transparent. So definitely works.
    11-18-2014 08:03 PM
  9. rollindice's Avatar
    Actually... There is a better way that I have found because I had the same problem as OP

    1. Make 1 photo your "favorite"
    2. Make sure there are no other favorite photos
    3. Go to your Settings.
    4. Swipe to the Applications Tab.
    5. Press photos+camera
    6. Select "favorite photos" from the dropdown menu of "Start Tile shows"
    7. Remove the the photo that you have made a favorite in Step 1
    8. ???
    9. Profit. Your start screen will no longer show any photos, but rather just say Photos
    10. I did this because I wanted to Photos Tile to be transparent too and wanted to see my background perfectly.


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    Yeah i did same too a long time back since i wanted transparent tile
    11-30-2014 03:27 AM

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