How to Hide Private Photos and Videos on Your iPhone or iPad


Your iPhone has seen every side of you and knows your weaknesses well. It contains everything from a photo of your ex to a painful memory and even intimate photos. But human nature is such that we are constantly afraid that someone will see them, especially a stranger. You, obviously, don’t want that to happen. If you are not comfortable deleting them permanently, you can hide them using a secret hidden photos feature on the iPhone or iPad.

This is how you can hide nudes and other private photos on your iOS device.

How to Hide Private Photos on iPhone or iPad

Use the Photos app

The easiest way to keep your nude photos and other private photos away from the prying eyes of loved ones is to use the “Hide” feature in the Photos apps. It’s a native Photos app that comes preloaded on your iPhone or iPad.

1.) First, go to your photo gallery and find the photo you want to hide. Now press “To select” in the upper right corner, then tap the photo to select it.

2.) Next, go to the bottom left corner of your screen and tap the “To share” icon. Relax, you’re not going to “share” it with anyone.

3.) Scroll down a bit and tap the “To hide” a function. Press the Hide photos to confirm.

There is a way to hide your nude photos on your iPhone or iPad. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Once you have done this, the selected photos will automatically disappear from the camera roll. The immediate step is to go to the Albums press, scroll to “Utilities“, and choose the Hidden album. It should be noted that you have the option of displaying the photos, by selecting them, pressing the To share button, and choosing the Pin up option.

Well, you’re one step away from hiding the album itself. All you have to do is open the Settings on your iPhone or iPad, go to Pictures section, and disable the hidden album characteristic. This way, all your sensitive photos will be completely hidden from others.

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Reliable but not 100% foolproof

Keep in mind that if someone knows about this method, chances are they can access your hidden photos. The “Hide Photo” feature is not a 100% foolproof approach to hiding your explicit photos. That being said, the above feature works because not everyone has the time and patience to go deep into the phone to find the secret folder where you have hidden your dirty secrets.

If you think “Hide Photo” feature is not enough to hide your private photos, you can always use third-party photo lock apps like Calculator+, Protect yourself and Folder Lock among others. Apps like Google Photos also allows you to hide your secret photos. Make sure to permanently delete photos from your iPhone or iPad itself. Because whenever you delete a photo or video from Photos app, it is not completely deleted immediately. Photos are still available for the ‘Recently Deleted‘, where they are visible for 30 days. To delete these secret photos, open the recently deleted album and delete the photos/videos again.


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