iOS 16: How to Hide Photos on iPhone/iPad

This guide will elaborate you how to hide photos on iOS 16on iPhone and iPad. You will get everything you may concern about the iOS 16 photos hidden feature.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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If you upgraded from iOS 15 to iOS 16 or purchased the new iPhone 14, you may spend some time to access some settings. In iOS 16, one such feature is the hide and unhide photos. The Hide option used to feature in the Share menu of the Photos app in iOS 15 and earlier. While since iOS 16, it has got a new and more appropriate location.

Hide photos on ios 16

Besides, since iOS 16 makes it possible to lock hidden photos on iPhone, you may get more eager to hide your sensitive and private photos, and even make them invisible from the Photos app. Now, let’s see how to hide photos on iOS 16.

How to hide photos in iOS 16 on iPhone

You can choose to hide a single photo or multiple photos in batch. The following steps will tell you how to hide photos on iPhone running iOS 16.

Hide a photo on iPhone running iOS 16
Step 1. Go to the Photos app on your iPhone > Open the photo you want to hide.

Step 2. Tap the 3-dots icon in the upper-right corner > Tap Hide to hide the photo.

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Step 3. Finally, tap Hide Photo to confirm your decision, and the chosen picture will be hidden.

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Hide multiple photos in batch on iPhone running iOS 16
The steps to hide multiple photos are almost the same as the steps above. Now, let’s get started.

Step 1. Open the Photos app and go to the specific photo album or All Photos.

Step 2. Tap Select from the upper-right > Choose the photos you’d like to hide.

Step 3. Tap the 3-dot in the bottom-right corner > Finally, tap the Hide option > Tap Hide Photos to confirm your choice.

hide multiple photos

Then, the selected photos will be moved to the Hidden album. When you want to check out the hidden photos, you can go to Albums in Photos, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, then you will find the Hidden under the Utilities section.

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As for the videos on the Photos app, you can also hide them by going through the steps above.

How to fully use iOS 16 photos hidden feature

The iOS 16 photos hidden feature can hide photos on your iPhone/iPad. To better protect your privacy, iOS 16 also allows you to hide the Hidden album and lock it with password. Keep reading to know how.

How to hide Hidden album in Photos app on iPhone
Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Scroll down to locate Photos and tap it.

Step 2. Scroll down to locate Show Hidden Album > Toggle the switch to turn it off.

turn off show hidden album

Now, you have successfully hidden the Hidden album in the Photos app on your iPhone. The Hidden album will not appear in the Photos app.

If you’d like to show or unhide the Hidden album in the Photos app, just turn on the switch Show Hidden Album.

How to hide photos on iPhone running iOS 16 with password, Face ID
Besides hide the Hidden album, the Hidden album is also locked on iPhone running iOS 16 by default. To access the Hidden album in the Photos app, Apple will check your identity using Face ID, Touch ID, or your iPhone's Password.

Step 1. Go to the Settings > Scroll down to locate and tap Photos.

Step 2. Scroll down to the Use Face ID or Use Touch ID depending on the model of your iPhone > Toggle the switch On to lock the Hidden album.

use Face ID

Bonus: One-click to backup your iPhone photos

In addition to learning about how to hide photos on iOS 16 iPhone, you may pay much attention to the safety of the important photos in the Hidden album, since you never know when the data loss will happen. If you want to backup iPhone photos on PC, a professional iOS data backup and transfer tool - FoneTool can be a nice helper.

• It helps you selectively backup photos, videos, music, messages, and contacts from your iPhone to computer.
• With a few click, you can backup 100 photos to PC in just 3 seconds.
• The incremental backup helps backup only newly added photos, and keep every backup version separate.

You can click the icon below to free download FoneTool to your PC, and selectively backup your iPhone photos in three simple steps.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Backup > Locate Selectively Backup and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Click the Photos icon > Preview and choose the photos you’d like to backup > Click OK to confirm.

select files

Step 3. Choose a destination to save your backup files from Backup Storage Path > Finally, click Start Backup to begin the task.

click on backup

How can you browse or restore the backup files? Simply head to the Backup History page or click View as soon as the backup completes, and you are here.

restore to device

What’s more, you can also rely on the feature-rich FoneTool to transfer hidden photos from iPhone to PC, delete duplicate and similar photos, and so on. Get the tool, and discover more on your own.


Hope you have known how to hide photos on iOS 16 to better protect your privacy. After hiding your photos in the Hidden album, you can lock it using Face ID, Touch ID, or password, so it is not easily accessible to the prying eyes.

Besides, it is also suggested to schedule a regular backup for not only the photos, but also other files on your iPhone. For any other queries or feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.