Your iPhone holds cherished memories, but not all photos are meant for everyone’s eyes. Whether you’re planning a surprise, safeguarding private moments, or just keeping images away from curious friends, your iPhone offers a solution – hiding photos. Follow these simple steps to ensure your sensitive photos remain discreetly tucked away.
Using the Native Photos App
- Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
- Find the photos you want to hide.
- Select a photo by tapping on it.
- Tap the icon in the top right with a circle and three dots
- From the dropdown that appears tap Hide.
- Confirm by tapping Hide Photo, and your photo disappears.
Unlocking the Hidden Album
- Understand the security measures in place. The Hidden album requires authentication.
- You can unlock it with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device’s PIN code.
Unhiding or Viewing Hidden Photos
- To view hidden photos or unhide them, open the Photos app.
- Tap on Albums at the bottom.
- Scroll down to find the Hidden folder under Utilities. You’ll need Face ID or Touch ID to access it.
- Tap Select in the top-right corner.
- Choose the photo you want to unhide.
- Tap the Overflow button (looks like …) in the top rightcorner.
- Select Unhide and your photos return to their original locations.
- Alternatively, you can tap Add to album to move them to a specific album.
An Alternative Method: Using the Notes App
- If you prefer an alternative method, consider the Notes app.
- Open Photos and select the photo you want to hide.
- Tap the Action icon.
- Select Notes (or Add to Notes in iOS 12).
- Add text if desired, then tap Save.
- In the Notes app, tap the Notes folder with the photo.
- Open the note with the photo, tap the Action icon.
- Tap Lock Note and, if prompted, add a password, Touch ID or Face ID.
- Tap the lock icon at the top-right corner, securing the note and its photo.
- Return to the Photos app and delete the photo for added security.
The Importance of Permanent Deletion
Remember, for complete security, fully delete a photo in the Photos app after hiding it. This prevents any potential recovery.
By following these steps, you can effectively hide photos on your iPhone, ensuring your cherished memories remain private.