Ways to protect your photos on iPhone and iPad — 2022

Surely on more than one occasion you have lent your iPhone to another person and you have feared that they would slide to the left or right and come across a photo or video that they should not have. In the end it is still personal content and even if the other person does not intend to be a gossip, they may see something by accident. Precisely in this article we will tell you how you can protect your photos to avoid these problems, since there are several ways to hide photos on iPhone and iPad without the need to install third-party applications.

The traditional method to hide photos

If you're new to iOS or iPadOS, or just didn't realize it, there's a native way to hide the photos and videos we store on devices. Yes, as long as you manager be the native of the iPhone or iPad, since it is done through the Photos application as we will explain in the following sections.

Steps to follow to hide the content

In line with the above, it is true that there are some applications in the App Store that allow you to create albums with passwords or codes of some kind that restrict access to content. And we don't want to take away their usefulness, although the truth is that the most comfortable and fastest way to do it is from the aforementioned native Photos app. To do this, you just have to follow a few simple steps that we detail below and that will be the same regardless of whether you are on iPhone or iPad.



  1. Open the app of Photos on the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Access the album 'All photos.
  3. Find and select the photo or videowhat you want to hide.
  4. Press the button to share . This is located at the bottom left of the iPhone and at the top right of the iPad.
  5. Select the option Disguise and confirm that you want to hide the photo or video.

hide photos on iPhone

It should be noted that in this process you can select a photo or video or make a wide selection of several and follow the same steps to hide them. From the moment that multimedia content has been hidden, will no longer appear on the main album, as well as in others in which they were included. Of course, the photographs and videos have not been deleted and therefore continue to occupy space, since they are still stored in what is known as Hidden Album , which you can find at the bottom of the app's main interface (in the Albums tab).

You can also hide the hidden album

You may be wondering what is the use of hiding your photos and videos if they are somehow still accessible through the hidden album. It makes sense that this is the case if you are showing photos of any of the others, although obviously if the person who is handling the iPhone or iPad searches for that secret album he will be able to see the content that he should not. That is why there is the option to hide the hidden album, forgive the redundancy. Of course, this is a functionality that requires iOS 14/iPadOS 14 or later installed software versions.

To ensure that you meet this requirement, we recommend that you always have the latest version available by going to Settings > General > Software Update. At the moment you are in an updated version you will have to follow these steps to hide the secret album:

  1. Opens Settings.
  2. and a Photos.
  3. Locate and turn off the Hidden Album option.

Hide photo album on iPhone

Once you do this you can exit the settings panel and return to the Photos application. You will notice that the link to open that hidden album no longer appears anywhere, so the content will be even safer from prying eyes. Whenever you want to see it again, all you have to do is follow the same settings route and activate the option again, being able to do and undo that option as many times as you want.

Another way to hide them with Face ID/Touch ID and password

There is an alternative to hidden albums within the options offered by the iPhone and iPad operating system. It may not be the most comfortable, but it is the most effective if you want to add protection through an alphanumeric password created for this purpose and even Face ID or Touch ID. We are referring to the options of the native app Grades. As you probably already know, this not only allows you to make written annotations with the keyboard or with the Apple Pencil in the case of iPads, but also allows you to add photos and videos.

Well, you can create notes in which to store those photos that you want to hide, and you can even delete them after the Photos app and be sure that they will remain safe in the Notes app, synchronized with iCloud and, above all, safe from gossips. To do this you must follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the app of Grades.
  2. Open a new note and click on the '+' iconthat will allow you to add multimedia content.
  3. Choose Photo Library, select the photos and videos and videos you want to protect and click on 'ok'.
  4. Save the note and exit to the main screen where, without entering the note again, you must swipe left and tap on the padlock icon.
  5. You will be required to write a password and later you can Allow unlocking this note with Face ID or Touch ID.

protect iOS photos

If you deleted the contents of the Photos app, don't worry because you can save it again from the note. Although obviously we recommend you to be careful with it, since it would be visible again in said app and therefore it would be a bit incoherent to have a protected note. If what you want is remove protection you only have to go to the main panel where the note is, slide on the note in question to the left, touch the padlock icon, write the password and then when you are inside it you must touch the padlock icon that is now located on top. Once you do this you will find the option to remove the protection. The note will be public at that time.