How To Hide Photos On An iPhone

Written by Claire Smith


Posted on August 28 2023

A Comprehensive Guide.


Our smartphones have become the repository of our memories, capturing every special moment, from family gatherings to breathtaking sunsets. However, not all photos are meant for public view. Fortunately, iPhones come equipped with a feature that allows you to discreetly tuck away those personal or sensitive photos. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to hide photos on your iPhone, ensuring your private moments remain just that – private.


Step 1: Update to the Latest iOS Version


Before you begin, make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Apple consistently enhances security and privacy features with each update, so keeping your device up to date is crucial.


Step 2: Utilize the Hidden Album


1. Open the Photos App: Launch the Photos app on your iPhone. This app is your gateway to managing and organizing your photo library.

2. Select Photos to Hide: Browse through your photo library and select the photos you want to hide. You can tap on each photo individually or select multiple photos by tapping the "Select" button in the top-right corner and then tapping on the photos you want to hide.

3. Tap the Share Button: Once you've selected the photos, tap the share button (it looks like a square with an upward arrow) at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

4. Find the "Hide" Option: Scroll through the options at the bottom row of the share sheet and look for the "Hide" option. Tap on it.

5. Confirm Hiding: A confirmation dialog will appear, asking you to confirm if you want to hide the selected photos. Tap "Hide Photos."

6. Accessing Hidden Photos: The photos you've hidden will now be moved to the "Hidden" album. To access this album, go to your Albums tab, and you'll find the "Hidden" album listed there.


Step 3: Unhiding Photos


If you wish to access your hidden photos, follow these steps:

1. Access the Hidden Album: Open the Photos app and go to the "Albums" tab. Scroll down to the "Hidden" album and tap on it.

2. Select Photos to Unhide: Inside the "Hidden" album, tap the "Select" button in the top-right corner. Choose the photos you want to unhide by tapping on them.

3. Tap the Share Button: After selecting the photos, tap the share button again.

4. Find the "Unhide" Option: Scroll through the options, and you'll find the "Unhide" option. Tap on it.

5. Confirm Unhiding: A confirmation dialog will appear, asking if you want to unhide the selected photos. Tap "Unhide."

6. Photos are Visible Again: The photos you've unhidden will be moved back to their original albums and will now be visible in your main photo library.


Additional Tips:

1. Use Face or Touch ID: You can add an extra layer of security by enabling Face ID or Touch ID for the Photos app. This way, even if someone gains access to your iPhone, they won't be able to access your hidden photos without your biometric authentication.

2.  Consider Private Photo Apps: If you're looking for a more comprehensive solution, you might consider using third-party apps designed specifically for private photo storage. These apps often offer features like password protection, encrypted storage, and more.




With the Hidden Album feature on your iPhone, you can confidently store your personal and sensitive photos without worrying about their visibility to prying eyes. Remember to keep your iPhone updated and secure, and consider additional security measures like biometric authentication or dedicated private photo apps for extra peace of mind. Your memories deserve to remain private, and your iPhone gives you the tools to make that happen.