How to Hide Your Private Photos on iPhone

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You know the feeling—you hand your phone over to a friend or family member, intending to show them a single picture, and suddenly you’re watching in horror as they begin swiping through your 50-plus selfies or stumble across your hoard of risqué photos. Thankfully, iPhone has an easy way for you to hide your shots from prying eyes. Within the Photos app, you can choose to hide photos you’ve rather keep private. When you hide photos, they can’t be seen within Years, Collections, or Moments. But if someone really wants to dig for your private photos, they’d still be able to find your hidden photos in Albums. Here’s how to hide your private photos on iPhone.

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How to Hide Your Private Photos

  • Open the photos app and locate the photo or photos you want to hide.

  • Tap the Share icon.

  • Select Hide.

  • Confirm Hide Photo.

Once you select Hide, another bubble will pop up, informing you that your photo will be hidden from Years, Collections, and Moments, but not from your Albums. This is unfortunate, as it means that finding your “hidden” photos will be a breeze for anyone searching through your phone; however, if you’re merely worried about people flipping through the rest of your pictures after you pull up an image to show them, then just be sure that you are showing them your pictures in Photos rather than Albums and you will feel safer.

How to Unhide Your Photos

  • Visit the Albums tab in the Photos app.

  • Find the photo you want to unhide. Tap the Share icon.

  • Select Unhide.

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Author Details

Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).