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How to hide photos on your iPhone with iOS 16

There are many reasons you may wish to move a private photo or video into a secret album. For years, we had to rely on a third-party app to do that — but not anymore. iOS 16 has a built-in feature that lets you hide your photos and videos quickly and easily. The hidden album can also be locked behind Face ID, so even if you lend your iPhone to somebody to use, they cannot access your private stash.

Here's how to use this handy little feature:

Click Photos

iPhone 11 Home Screen with the Photos app highlighted by a red box

Select the photo or video you want to hide, then tap the More button (the three dots), and then Hide

The More options menu that appears when a photo is selected. We have highlighted the Hide optio with a red box

That's it! So simple.

But now you're probably wondering how you find these photos, right? Okay, no worries, that's easy too.

Just go back into Photos, then at the bottom click Albums then scroll down until you see Utilities. Under that menu (click to expand this if it's collapsed and you can't see the subfolders) click Hidden.

The iOS 16 Photos Albums menu. At the bottom, underneath the Utilities sub-menu, we have highlighted the Hidden folder option with a red box


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