Sometimes you might not want certain photos to be visible in your Photo Library, but you might not want to delete them either. That’s why Apple’s Photos app includes the Hide photos feature that allows us to hide certain photos from the main library on iPhone.
When you hide your photos or videos, they move to the Hidden Album, so they don’t appear in your Library, in other albums, or in the Photos widget on your Home Screen.
Prior to iOS 14, there is no option to hide the Hidden Album. That wasn’t exactly an inconspicuous way of squirreling away your photos. With iOS 14, now you can turn off the Hidden Album, so photos are completely hidden. You can unhide photos and videos and turn the Hidden album back on whenever you want.
How to Hide Photos on iPhone, or iPad using the Photos app
Step 1. Launch the Photos app.
Step 2. Find the photos or videos you want to hide.
Step 3. Tap Select in the upper-righthand corner.
Step 4. Select the photos or videos you want to hide.
Step 5. Tap the Share icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 6. In the Share Sheet, scroll down and select the Hide option.
Step 7. Tap the Hide Photo(s) button to confirm when prompted.
This hides the photos and videos from your main Library, but they would still show up in the Hidden Album. This Album can be found by going to your photos and scrolling all the way down under the Utilities section. Follow the steps below to hide that folder in iOS 14.
How to Hide the Hidden Album in the Photos app
Step 1. Launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Scroll down until you see the Photos app listed and select it.
Step 3. On the Photos page, scroll down and swipe the Hidden Album to the left.
Now the Hidden Album no longer appears in the Photos app. If you want your Hidden Album to appear again, go Settings -> Photos and then toggle Hidden Album back on.
One important note is that while the album is hidden in the Photos app, it can appear in the photo picker from third-party apps. If you want to completely hide your photos, follow the steps below to hide photos completely using the Notes app.
How to Hide Photos using the Notes app
Step 1. Select the photos or videos you want to hide.
Step 2. Tap the Share icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3. In the Share Sheet, scroll down until you see the list of apps. Find the Notes app, and tap it.
Step 4. A Notes draft will appear with your chosen photo(s) in it. Choose a Notes folder to save it to and tap Save in the top-right corner.
Step 5. Open the Notes app, then find the note you’ve just saved.
Step 6. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper righthand corner of the note.
Step 7. In the popup menu, select the Lock option.
Step 8. You are required to enter your password or use Touch ID to lock the note.
Step 9. Now a lock will appear in the top-right corner of your note. To lock the note, tap on the lock icon, and the note will disappear. Use your password or Touch ID to view the note anytime you want. Remember to seal the lock by tapping on the lock icon when you’re done viewing it.
Step 10. Finally, launch the Photos app and make sure you delete the original photos so that they are only live locked in the Notes app. Now they won’t appear either in the photo picker from third-party apps or the Photos app.
Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to Hide Photos on your iPhone. Check out this article if you’d like to know How to Scan QR codes on your iPhone without the need to install third-party apps. And as a bonus, here’s How Hide Apps or make them more difficult to find on iPhone.