The inefficacy to lock individual apps on iPhone means that if your device is unlocked, anyone can gain access to your personal photos, videos, and other data by simply opening the Photos app. When you take a photo on your iPhone, it automatically gets saved in your photo library. Often it happens that there are photos or videos that you don’t want others to look at and wish you had a vault to hide them from others.
The only way to protect your private photos and videos from inquisitive people is by hiding them. When you hide photos and videos on iPhone, they move to the ‘Hidden Album’, instead of appearing in your library, other albums, or in the Photos widget on your home screen.
In this post, we will discuss three methods on how to hide private photos and videos on the iPhone.
‘Photos’ is an inbuilt featured gallery of all the iOS operating phones. Using it is a simple way to hide photos and videos on the iPhone.
There is a feature of ‘hidden album’ in Photos app in iPhones which can hide private photos and videos. You can use the ‘Hide’ option in the iOS Photos to prevent photos and videos from appearing in your normal library. The hidden photos and videos won’t show up while you browse your library, and you won’t even receive ‘For You’ recommendations based on it.
Accessing the hidden photos and videos:
If you have hidden your pictures and videos, you may need to access them at times.
Unhiding the hidden photos and videos:
In case you want to unhide the hidden photos or videos on the Photos app:
Note: While you will be able to hide photos and videos using the ‘Hidden Album’ option in your iOS operating phone, they won’t be password protected. Only iOS 14, gives you access to turn off the ‘Hidden album’ option which means that the photos and videos are completely hidden. You can unhide photos and videos easily to turn the hidden album back on whenever you want.
Dear readers, wasn’t that easy? Hide your private photos and videos, you don’t want to show and easily avoid others from prying.
Now, this was one way to avoid others to look at your private photos and videos. Since this isn’t a completely reliable method, as the hidden album will not be password protected, we will discuss another method of hiding photos and videos through an in-built feature of the iPhone.
You can also check iCloud Photos.
All iPhones have a Notes app, and one of its valuable features is the ability to lock individual notes which means you can add photos and videos to a note, then add a password to lock it. You can even use your Face or Touch ID to unlock password-protected notes.
Note: After you lock a photo or video in a note, you will have to delete it from the main photo library.
To hide and lock your photos and videos in the Notes app, follow the given steps:
Now, you will have to lock the note in which you saved your photos and videos. Follow the steps given below to lock the note and hide your private photos and videos.
This method offers more security as compared to the ‘Hidden’ album feature.
Note: If you use this method, don’t forget to delete the photos and videos (you have just hidden and locked in the Notes app) from your photo library because it will still be present there until you delete it.
Now, at last, we will briefly talk about the last method, i.e., using third-party applications to hide photos and videos on the iPhone.
The third-party applications are designed specifically with keeping the importance of user privacy in mind. If you want to make sure that your private photos and videos are safe from the prying eyes, using such applications is a nice option. They come with a simple and accessible passcode or password lock system.
Note: If you use this method to hide photos and videos on your iPhone, the hidden photos and videos will still be visible in your photo library’s hidden album. So after hiding your photos and videos in any third-party applications, make sure that you delete them from the main Photos app.
We hope this was helpful to you.
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