How to hide photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Looking to keep prying eyes at bay? Here's how to hide photos on your iPhone

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If you’re anything like us, you love showing off pictures you’ve taken with your phone. But there are times when you want to keep certain photos away from others, because they’re personal — no one needs to see 50 different versions of essentially the same selfie — or, ahem, inappropriate.

In situations like these, the ability to hide photos on your phone becomes invaluable, especially if you have children or friends who use your device often. Here, we’ll detail how to hide your images on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. We even have a few security apps we’d suggest for those photos you really don’t want getting out.

Hiding photos using built-in features

The quickest way to hide photos on your iPhone is also the easiest, as it doesn’t require any additional software. This method also works the same on your iPhone as it does your iPad and iPod Touch. Keep in mind, however, that this only keeps photos from appearing in the Moments, Years, and Collections views. Hidden photos will still be visible when browsing your Albums. If you’re using iCloud Photo Library, any photos on your iPhone will also be hidden on any other devices you may have, including your iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac.

Step 1. Launch the Photos app.

Step 2. Tap Select in the upper-right corner of your screen and choose which photo(s) you’d like to hide. You can also do this for each photo manually when you are looking at a preview of a single photo.

Step 3. Tap the Share icon in the lower-left corner (the square with the arrow sticking out of it). Along the bottom of the resulting menu, press the Hide button, which looks like two rectangles overlapping slightly with a line through them.

Step 4. Tap Hide Photo to confirm your decision. Hidden photos will be placed in a new Album folder called Hidden.

Unhiding photos using built-in features

Making photos visible again is just as easy as hiding them, and can be done directly on your iPhone. Doing so also affects your iCloud Photo Library.

Step 1. Launch the Photos app and go to Albums.

Step 2. Tap the Hidden folder — depending on how many albums you’ve created, you may need to scroll to find it.

Step 3. Select the photo(s) you want to make visible.

Step 4. Tap the Share icon and select Unhide, which will have replaced the Hide button and look similar, but with the line now behind the two rectangles. If you unhide all of the photos in the Hidden folder, the folder will be automatically removed. Hiding photos again will make it reappear.

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