Can you make a hidden album on iPhone?

Answered by James Kissner

You can make a hidden album on your iPhone to hide photos. This feature is a great way to keep certain pictures private and out of view from others who may use your device.

Here’s how you can create a hidden album on your iPhone:

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

2. Find the photo or photos that you want to hide. You can select multiple photos by tapping on each one.

3. Tap the share icon, which looks like a square with an arrow pointing up.

4. In the share menu, scroll down and tap on “Hide.” This will move the selected photos to your Hidden album.

Now, the photos you’ve hidden will no longer appear in your main Photos tab or any other albums. They are only accessible through the Hidden album.

To access your hidden photos:

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.

3. Scroll down until you see the “Hidden” album.

4. Tap on the Hidden album to view your hidden photos.

It’s important to note that while the Hidden album provides a level of privacy, it is not completely secure. Anyone who knows about the Hidden album can still access it. Additionally, the photos you hide will still appear in the “All Photos” view in the Photos app, as well as in other apps like the Files app or when searching your device.

If you want to go a step further and hide the Hidden album itself from the Photos app, you can do so with iOS 14 and later. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down and tap on “Photos”.

3. Under the “Hidden Album” section, toggle off the switch next to “Hidden Album”.

Now, the Hidden album will be hidden from the Photos app, making it even more difficult for others to stumble upon your hidden photos.

It’s worth mentioning that there are also other methods to hide photos on your iPhone. For example, you can lock photos in the Notes app using the built-in password or biometric authentication. To do this, simply create a new note, tap on the camera icon within the note, select “Take Photo or Video” or “Choose Photo or Video”, and then lock the note using a password or biometric method.

Additionally, you can try to hide photos in your texts by using the “Hide Alerts” feature. This allows you to receive notifications for the conversation but keeps the messages and any attached photos hidden until you actively open the conversation.

To use this feature, open the Messages app, find the conversation with the photo you want to hide, swipe left on the conversation, and tap on “Hide Alerts”. This will hide the conversation, including any photos, from the main Messages screen.

Creating a hidden album in the Photos app is a useful way to keep certain photos private on your iPhone. However, it’s important to remember that the hidden album is not completely secure, so it’s always a good idea to use additional methods like locking photos in the Notes app or hiding photos within text conversations if you want to keep your photos truly private.