Despite claiming to be a privacy-centric platform, iOS (ironically) lacked a better tool to hide photos and videos. Though you could conceal your shots by adding them to the hidden album, the album was easily accessible from the Albums tab. That kind of defeated the whole purpose of hiding your pictures. Better late than never, Apple has finally introduced a viable way to hide the hidden album in Photos in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. So, here is how you can hide photos from Photos app on iPhone and iPad.
Show/Hide the Hidden Album in Photos App
While I’m pretty satisfied with the improved functionality to conceal the hidden album on iPhone and iPad, there is still a catch that that needs to be kept in mind.
So, What’s the Catch Now?
When you hide the hidden folder on your iOS 14 device, it disappears from the Photos app. However, bear in mind that the hidden album is always available in the image picker. It’s done to ensure you can access your personal images from other apps without any pain.
Another drawback is that the setting for hiding and revealing the pictures is not behind a password. So, if anyone knows how to disable hiding, they can do it without any problem. That being said, it’s a good first step towards improving the security for your photos.
1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Now, scroll down and choose Photos.
3. Next, turn off the switch that is right next to Hidden Album.
That’s pretty much it! You have successfully hidden the Hidden album on your iOS/iPadOS device. As mentioned above, it will no longer appear in the Albums tab and the Utilities section in the Photos sidebar on the iPad. However, it will always show up in the image picker.
If you ever want to show the hidden album in the Photos app, just enable the toggle again.
Hide Your Personal Photos on iPhone and iPad
So, that’s the way you can keep your hidden album under wraps. While it may seem to be a tiny feature for many, for the folks (like me) who always prefer to have a better privacy shield for personal stuff, it can be a notable feature.
Apart from this, iOS has got a series of appreciable privacy-centric features including the ability to disable tracking, restricting apps from having access to the local network, and preventing apps from accessing your precise location. Do read the articles by clicking on the links and share your feedback with us in the comments below.