How to Hide Photos on iPhone (3 Easy Ways)

This guide will show you how to hide photos on iPhone using the built-in hidden images feature, notes, and third-party apps. The processes are very simple and any user can complete them in a few taps. Read on to learn more.

Why Use the iPhone Hidden Photos Feature?

Let’s say that you’re planning a big surprise. Maybe you’re finally going to propose to your partner, or you planned a surprise birthday party. You may have a picture of that shiny new ring or the gift you wish to surprise a family member with. Apple tech can now help you keep images of such things while hiding them from regular camera roll viewing.

Hiding those pictures will make sure that someone will not be able to see that picture unintentionally. People may also want to hide their sensitive office documents or even their banking information. Thankfully, Apple added a feature to hide photos on iPhone. Once the images are hidden, they won’t be visible in the Photos application or the pictures widget on your iPhone’s main home screen.

How to Move Photos to the Hidden Album on iOS 16

Here is how to hide pictures on iPhone on iOS 16:

  1. On your iPhone, open your Photos application.
  2. Select and open the video or a photo that you wish to hide.
  3. At the top right corner, click on the three vertical dots.
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  4. From the menu, click on the Hide option.
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  5. A pop-up window will appear. Click on the Hide Photo option to hide photos or videos.
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How to Hide Photos on iPhone

Here are the steps you can follow for hiding photos in the hidden album on your iPhone:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Photos application.
  2. Now, you may select a specific album or choose the All Photos option under the Library option.
  3. Click on the Select option at the top right corner of the screen, and then select the pictures you wish to hide.
  4. At the top right corner, click on the three vertical dots and click on the Hide option from the menu.
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  1. A pop-up window will appear. Click on the Hide Photo option to hide pictures on your iPhone.
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The chosen images or videos will be immediately moved to the hidden folder, where they won’t be visible to others.

How to See Hidden Photos on iPhone

Here is how to find hidden photos on iPhone:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Photos application.
  2. Click on the Albums option.
  3. Now scroll down and click on the Hidden Albums option under the Utilities option.
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    • If the Hidden album is already visible to you, then:
    • Open your Settings and click on the Photos option.
    • Turn on the toggle for the Show Hidden Album option.
  1. Unlock the hidden album by using Touch ID or Face ID.
  2. Click on the photo or video that you wish to unhide.
  3. You will see three dots on the screen’s top right corner. Click on them.
  4. From the menu, click on the Unhide option.
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Here is how to unhide multiple pictures or videos:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Photos application.
  2. Now, you may select a specific album or choose the All Photos option under the Library option.
  3. Click on the Select option.
  4. Choose the photos that you wish to hide.
  5. Click on the three dots at the bottom right of the screen.
  6. Choose the Unhide option.

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How to Make Photos Hidden on iPhone Using Other Methods

How to Hide a Photo on iPhone in the Notes App

You can lock notes in the Notes app for iOS on the iPhone. You may include images and movies in your notes and password-protect each one separately. The image can then be removed from the main Photos collection.

Here is how to copy a photo in the Notes application:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Photos application.
  2. Select the photo that you wish to hide.
  3. Click on the Share option.
  4. Swipe left and select the More option from the several apps at the top of the screen.
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  5. Here, select the Notes option.
  6. You can give it a description and a name. After you are done, click on the Save option.

Here are the steps to follow for locking the Notes application:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Notes application.
  2. Open the note that you just saved with the photo.
  3. On the top right, click on the three dots icon.
  4. Click on the Lock option and create a password.

Here are the steps you can follow if you forget your notes password:

  1. Open your Settings.
  2. Click on the Notes option.
  3. Now click on the Password option.
  4. You can change or reset your password.

How to Make Photos Private on iPhone Using Third-Party Apps

You may hide images and movies on your iPhone using several third-party applications available on the Application Store. These include HiddenVault, TouchyNotes, KeepSafe, KYMS, and other well-known ones. Having said that, once you are done hiding the pictures, you’ll still need to delete them from the photos folder and delete them from the trash.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Hide Photos on iPhone?

It is possible to hide photos on iPhone. Open your Photos application and open the photo that you wish to hide. At the top right corner, click on the three vertical dots icon. Now click on the Hide option, and from the pop-up window, choose the Hide Photo option for hiding the photo.

How Do You Hide Photos on iPhone Using the Notes App?

You can lock notes in the Notes app for iOS on the iPhone. Your notes can contain pictures and movies, and you can password-protect each individually. After that, you can eliminate the picture from the primary Photos collection. To do this, share the image from the Photos application on your iPhone in the Notes app. Once it is imported into notes, save it and click on the dots icon in the top right. Here, click on the Lock option.

Wrapping Up the Hidden Photos for iPhones Guide

Now you know how to hide photos on iPhone. The simplest way is to just tap Hide Photo in the photo options although this is less secure than using Notes or a third-party app. If you found this guide useful, check out some of our other iOS guides below to master the ins and outs of your iPhone.

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