How to Hide Photos on an iPhone in 4 Steps (with Photos)

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How to Hide Photos on an iPhone in 4 Steps (with Photos)

The option to hide photos on an iPhone is a useful one, whether it’s for keeping peering eyes away or just as an extra album you want to stay separate from all the rest.

The Photos app has undergone a slight upgrade with the release of iOS 16. Now, what was originally a cut-and-dry process involves Face ID or a passcode as an extra layer of security for your hidden folder. It’s not complicated, but new iPhone owners may have no idea that a hidden folder even exists, much less how to access it.

For those who pay the extra money for additional iCloud storage, don’t worry, if you save your photos in your hidden folder, those photos also go into a hidden folder on your iCloud storage. Whether you access it from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, your photos are secure.

With that being said, let’s dive into the simple process!

Step #1: Go to the Photos App

The Photos app, for those new to iOS devices, is a colorful circle of overlapping ovals and fairly simple to recognize if you’re familiar with Google’s own photo app.

When you tap on the Photos app for the first time, you’ll receive a little intro screen before you’re free to browse. The option to hide photos on iPhone is readily apparent since the Hidden Folder feature is on by default.

If you already have pictures in there, the first screen shows a compilation of all your pictures, but you’ll go to the Albums tab at the very bottom. If you have no pictures yet, you’ll start things off on the Albums screen anyway.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
The top left icon is the iPhone Photos App, compared to the bottom left Google Photo App icon.


Step #2: Select the Album You Want

If you take pictures on your iPhone all the time, you’ll have an album labeled Recents, which basically holds all the pictures you’ve taken from the most recent to the earliest date.

Your iPhone will automatically create a few albums on its own, associating them with your method of taking the picture, such as screenshots, social media apps, or other camera apps.

All you want to do here is select the album that holds the picture(s) you want to hide.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
Your albums will be arranged into categories, both automatically by Apple and through your own creation of folders.


Step #3: Select Your Photo(s)

To hide photos on your iPhone, you can either move them one at a time or select a large group of photos to transfer all at once.

To select a single photo, tap the Select button at the top, right-hand corner of the screen. Now, select the photo you want to transfer to the hidden folder. If you want to hide a lot of photos on your iPhone at once, simply tap more than one.

If you have many photos you want to transfer, press and hold the top left photo in the group and slide your finger down and diagonally across, to the right, very slowly. This will blaze through all the pics below the starting point, automatically selecting all of them. Keep in mind that it highlights really quickly, so you’ll want to move slowly as previously noted!

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
This is just a small group of five photos, but you can select a lot more at once or individually if you have more pictures.


Step #4: Select Your Hidden Folder

Once you press the Select button, the three-dot, horizontal button drops from the top of the screen to the bottom, right-hand corner.

With your selected photos highlighted, press the three dots at the bottom. The pop-up menu contains the word Hide. Select it and confirm by tapping the Hide Photo option when it shows up on the screen.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
Selecting the Hide option brings up a new tab to confirm your choice.


How to Unhide Photos on iPhone

Once you hide photos on your iPhone, you don’t have to keep them there forever. If an errant photo is in the hidden folder, it’s a simple reversal to retrieve it and place it in the folder of your choice.

Below are the easy steps to unhide a photo.

Step #1: Open Your Albums

The Hidden folder remains in your albums, and it’s all the way at the bottom of the screen.

Scroll down to it and select it. You’ll notice that it has a lock symbol next to it, which is a recent feature. It means the album requires a Face ID or passcode to advance.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
The Hidden folder doesn’t display the number of photos within like the other folders do.


Step #2: Select the Hidden Tab Under Utilities

You don’t have to use your Face ID if you know your passcode. Instead, bypass it and enter your passcode or turn off Face ID requirements in Settings.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
The most recent update locks your Hidden folder behind an extra layer of security.


Step #3: Select Your Photos

From here, you do the same as you did when hiding the photos originally. Either select a single photo to transfer back to a regular folder or select multiple photos.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
When it comes to moving hidden photos, they’re treated the same way as re




Step #4: Unhide Photos on iPhone

Select the three horizontal dots at the top of the screen. In the dropdown menu, select Unhide. The photo will return to its original folder.

How To Hide Photos On iPhone In 4 Steps, With Photos
Unhide the photo to return it to its original folder.


Final Thoughts

While the Photo App on iOS devices isn’t the most robust and editing-friendly photo app in the world, it’s still helpful for arranging your photos in their respective folders and keeping things nice and organized.

Remember to keep your iOS devices updated, so you can take advantage of the new security layer Apple is offering.

Before iOS 16, the Hidden Folder displayed the number of photos within the folder, and it was much easier to access. Now, the number of photos is hidden, and it requires a Face ID or passcode to access it.

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