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Inside iOS 14: How to Hide the Hidden Photos Album

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There are times when you have taken certain pictures shot on your iPhone or iPad that are visible in your Photo Library, but for whatever reason, you might not want to outright delete them either. Or maybe you might have some photos imported from your camera or go pro device that you like to be hidden from prying eyes.

Apple’s Photos app now includes an option to hide certain photos from the main library.

Prior to iOS 14, this option would hide pictures from the ‌Photos‌ and For You sections of the ‌Photos‌ app, but they would still show up in the Albums section under an album called “Hidden,” which is not exactly an inconspicuous way of squirreling away private pictures.

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In iOS 14, Apple has now added an option that allows users to hide the Hidden album from the ‌Photos‌ app, quite literally. The following steps guides you through the process of hiding a picture and then making sure the Hidden Album is concealed in the ‌Photos‌ app. This makes sure that prying eyes will take extra steps in order to unhide photos that are in the Hidden Album.

How to Hide a Photo

  1. Launch the Photos app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap Select in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the pictures you want to hide.
  4. Tap the Share button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. (It looks like a square with an arrow pointing out.)
  5. In the Share Sheet’s actions menu, select Hide.
  6. Tap the prompt that appears at the bottom of the screen to confirm.
How to hide hidden album in iOS 14.

This hides the photo from the general album view, away from prying eyes, and transfers the photo in an album named “Hidden”.

To hide that “Hidden” folder in ‌iOS 14‌:

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  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Photos.
  3. Make sure the switch next to Hidden Album is in the grey OFF position.
How to hide hidden album in iOS 14 system preferences.

If you ever want your Hidden album to appear in ‌Photos‌ again, go to Settings -> Photos and then toggle the switch next to Hidden Album so that it’s in the green ON position.

Note that while the album is hidden in the ‌Photos‌ app, it can appear in the photo picker from 3rd party apps. At best this just makes it harder for casual snoopers from running across your private photos.

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