The Photos app on iPhone has long had an album called “Hidden.” The Hidden album was meant to be a place to store your private photos. But until iOS 14, anyone with access to your phone could view the album. Now that’s changed, and uses can finally hide the Hidden Album.
This is in addition to the already-existing capabilities of the iPhone Photos app to hide your private photos and videos you’d rather other people who may have access to your iPhone see.
What The iPhone Photos App Hidden Album Is For
The idea behind the Hidden album has always been that it’s a place you could put private photos in it and thus remove them from view in the main Photos library. Of course, with any “hidden” album there are always jokes that such an album is created specifically to hide your porn pics.
And while of course the Hidden album can be used for that–people like to hide plenty of other photos besides porn pics. For example, you might want to keep personal photos or your partner hidden from view. Or maybe you take photos of receipts for purchases you want to keep hidden. Or maybe health-related photos–for example, if you are taking a photo of a lump on your body you want to share with your doctor only.
In other words, there are a ton of other reasons why everyone should take advantage of a Hidden album.
That being said, the way iOS 13 and earlier handled the iPhone’s Hidden album was a bit baffling. Yes, placing a photo in the Hidden album would remove that photo from view from the main Photos library. Yet anyone who had physical access to your unlocked iPhone could simply open the Photos app and tap Album view and scroll down and see the Hidden album right there. Tapping on it would give them access to all the photos Hidden in it.
With iOS 14, however, you can actually hide the Hidden album from view. But it should be noted that this still isn’t the most secure thing. After all, if someone knows how to unhide the Hidden album–they can simply do that on your iPhone and then view the pics anyway.
How To Hide Photos & Videos On iPhone In iOS 14
Before we get to hiding the Hidden album, let’s explain how to actually hide photos and videos in iOS 14:
- Launch the Photos app on your iPhone.
- In Library view, in the top-right corner of the screen, tap the Select button.
- Now tap on the photos or videos you want to hide. When you tap on them, a blue checkmark will appear to show they are selected.
- After selecting the photos or videos you want to hide, tap the Share button in the lower-left corner of the screen. The Share button is a box with an arrow pointing up from it.
- In the Share Sheet that pops up, tap Hide.
- A confirmation prompt will appear. Tap “Hide [# of] Photos” to confirm you want to hide the photos or videos.
After following the steps above, the photos and videos you selected will be removed from Library view and be visible in the Hidden album.
How To Hide The Hidden Album On iPhone In iOS 14
Once you’ve got a Hidden album with photos in it, you’ll probably want to hide that album from view in the Photos app entirely, too. Again, if you do not hide the Hidden album, anyone with access to your iPhone can easily see the album named “Hidden” if they open up your Photos app. Unless you hide this album, it’s essentially a big sign saying “HEY LOOK HERE AT ALL THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO SEE.”
So again, it’s a good idea to hide the Hidden album as well. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Photos.
- Toggle the Hidden Album switch to OFF (white).
Once you’ve done this, the Hidden album will be hidden from view in the Photos app. In order to un-hide the Hidden album in the future, you’ll need to do the following:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Photos.
- Toggle the Hidden Album switch to ON (green).
Interested in photo security? Be sure to check out Google Pixel’s Locked Folder feature!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you lock hidden photos on iPhone?
Unfortunately not. And it is baffling why Apple–who prides itself on privacy–does not allow users to lock, at the very least, the Photos app behind Touch ID or Face ID. Even better would be the option to lock albums or even individual photos. Until Apple allows this, you’ll need to rely on hiding photos in the Photos app.
Q: How do I make my iPhone camera roll private?
If someone has access to your iPhone and can unlock the device (for example, if they know your passcode or have their face or fingerprint registered with your iPhone, there is nothing you can do from stopping them from accessing your camera roll.
This means that if you want to keep your camera roll private, it’s best not to let anyone else access your iPhone.
Q: Where can I hide photos on my iPhone?
You can hide photos in the Photos app by marking them with the “Hide” tool. We outline the steps for this in the article above. You can then take this a step further and hide the “Hidden” album on your iPhone too.
Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.