How to hide images in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

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We all have images cluttering our iPhone. Maybe they're memes, cooking recipes, or a motivational picture that you got in the Mail. It's the type of images that you wouldn't hang in your digital photo frame, but you don't want to get rid of them, in case you need them. Fortunately, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 have a solution for these types of pictures: A hidden folder. Here's how you can hide images in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad.

What does hiding a photo do, exactly?

When you hide an image from your Photos library, it effectively disappears from your main photos view (which includes Moments, Collections, and Years). The image will still be available in Albums and searches, however.

Where can I find my Hidden album?

The Hidden album is located in the Photos app, in the Albums tab, right at the bottom. However, it's possible that you can't see it there. Fear not, what happens is that Apple gives you the option to hide your Hidden album too. If you don't see it, here's what you need to do.

How to hide or show your Hidden album

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Photos.
  3. Scroll down again until you find Hidden Album.
  4. Toggle Hidden album on or off if you want to show or hide it.

How to show or hide your Hidden album: Open Settings, scroll down and select Photos, Scroll down and toggle Hidden Album (Image credit: iMore)

Find your Hidden album

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on the Albums tab.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Hidden under the utilities section.

How to Find your Hidden Album: Go to the Photos app, tap on Albums, scroll down and select Hidden (Image credit: iMore)

How to hide images in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. In either the Days, All Photos, or standard Albums view, tap on the Select button.

How to hide images in the photos app: Launch the Photos app, in either Days, All photos, or Albums, tap on Select (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on the photos that you want to hide.
    • Optionally, you can also just view individual photos and hide one-by-one instead of a batch.
  2. Tap the Share button.

  1. Scroll down in the Share Sheet.
  2. Tap on Hide.
  3. Confirm that you want to hide the photos, or tap Cancel if you change your mind.

How to unhide images in the Photos app

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Albums.

  1. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Hidden.
  2. Tap Select.

  1. Choose the photos or videos that you want to unhide.
  2. Tap the Share button.
  3. Scroll down and tap Unhide.


Let us know in the comments down below!

Updated October 2020: Updated for iOS 14.

Cella Lao Rousseau

Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau

  • Thanks for this, and for all the many, many pieces you file here! Two questions, one more directly related than the other: 1. Will hiding images also keep them from being used in Memories? There's someone who keeps popping up in my Memories (not memories, thankfully) that I would rather not see. Unfortunately, there are a lot of pics of that person, thus the showing up in Memories. If not, are you aware of any other ways to suppress specific faces from Memories? 2. I'd check #1 myself, but my Mac stopped scanning photos for faces a couple betas before the final Sierra release, so I can't really do the hiding (was going to create a smart album based on that face and use that to select the photos to hide). Have you ever seen Photos just give up on scanning photos? If so, is there a solution? I suppose I could rebuild the database, but I was hoping there might be a less-extreme solution.
  • Memories is a terrible feature. Apparently Apple learned nothing from Facebook's bad example of "on this day" posts.
  • Great tips how do we keep our private photos hidden from the NSA? (National Spying Ageny) jk