iOS 14: How to Actually Hide the Hidden Photos Album

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Sometimes you might not want certain pictures shot on your iPhone or iPad to be visible in your Photo Library, but for whatever reason, you might not want to outright delete them either. That's why Apple's Photos app includes an option to hide certain photos from the main library.

Prior to iOS 14, this option would hide pictures from the ‌Photos‌ and For You sections of the ‌Photos‌ app, but they would still show up in the Albums section under an album called "Hidden," which wasn't exactly an inconspicuous way of squirreling away private pictures.

With that in mind, Apple has added an option in ‌iOS 14‌ and iPadOS 14 that allows users to hide the Hidden album from the ‌Photos‌ app, quite literally. The following steps run you through the process of hiding a picture and then making sure the Hidden album is concealed in the ‌Photos‌ app.

Once you've completed the steps, the Hidden album won't show up in the ‌‌Photos‌‌ app; just be aware that you'll still see the Hidden album when you use the image picker in third-party apps, so it's not completely invisible from prying eyes.

How to Hide a Photo

  1. Launch the ‌Photos‌ app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap Select in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the pictures you want to hide.
  4. Tap the Share button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. (It looks like a square with an arrow pointing out.)
  5. In the Share Sheet's actions menu, select Hide.
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  6. Tap the prompt that appears at the bottom of the screen to confirm.

Again, this hides the photo from the general album view, but conspicuously places the photo in an album called "Hidden". To hide that "Hidden" folder in ‌iOS 14‌:

How to Hide the 'Hidden' Folder in Photos

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select ‌Photos‌.
  3. Make sure the switch next to Hidden Album is in the grey OFF position.
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If you ever want your Hidden album to appear in ‌Photos‌ again, go to Settings -> ‌Photos‌ and then toggle the switch next to Hidden Album so that it's in the green ON position.

Note that while the album is hidden in the ‌Photos‌ app, it can appear in the photo picker from 3rd party apps. At best this just makes it harder for casual snoopers from running across your private photos.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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1 week ago
why don’t they just allow you to
Lock the album with face/Touch ID or a passcode?
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1 week ago
nudes. this is for nudes, guys.
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1 week ago
We should have an option to Face ID or passcode protect this Hidden album, for a company which says to care a lot for privacy this should be mandatory.
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1 week ago
We all know what this album is for.

Thanks for the guide, by the way. But I wish the hidden album (or any album) could be password-locked or accessible only with Face ID/Touch ID.

Better yet, bring GUEST MODE to iPhone, usage scenarios:

* You want to make a call? sure...
* Can I quickly look up something on the Internet in your phone?... go for it...
* Want to handle the music? By all means.

All without access to our private information (chats, nudes, credit cards, passwords, emails, notes, phone directory, etc.)



I hate to sound so bitchy but just gotta plug my cause: not a fan of dark mode.

Have you tried not using it? It might work.
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1 week ago
I love the hidden photos album. When someone leaves their phone out, I know exactly where to go to find the “good” photos, instead of trying to swipe through a ton of photos in the main album. /s
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Sometimes you might not want certain pictures shot on your iPhone or iPad to be visible in your Photo Library, but for whatever reason, you might not want to outright delete them either.

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