How to Hide & Lock Photos in iOS 16 on iPhone & iPad

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In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to keep your personal information safe and secure. With the release of iOS 16, Apple has made it easier than ever to lock down your photos with Face ID, Touch ID, or Password. Whether you’re concerned about privacy from prying eyes or simply want to keep your photos safe from accidental deletion, locking your photos is a great way to ensure that only you have access to them. Here’s how to lock photos on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 16.

Lock photos with Face ID on iPhone

There is no need to have anything extra in order to lock photos on iPhones or iPads that are running the latest ios 16 as the new OS comes with a built-in feature for the same. You can now lock photos on iOS devices with a few taps on your screen.

Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iPhone/iPad and open the photo that you want to lock.

Step 2: Next, tap on the 3-dot icon located on the top-right of the screen, right next to the Edit option.

Step 3: From the 3-dot menu, tap on the Hide option.

Conceal Photos on iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Doing so will move that photo to the hidden Album which is automatically locked in iOS 16. In the same way, you can hide multiple photos at once, by long-pressing on any one photo and then selecting the rest.

How to access locked photos on iPhone

You have successfully locked photos on your iPhone or iPad but now, how would you access those locked or hidden photos? Let’s see.

Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iOS device.

Step 2: Tap on the Albums tab located at the bottom of the Photos app screen.

Step 3: Scroll down on the Albums screen and under the Utilities section, you’ll see an option named Hidden with a lock icon in place of the photo counts. Tap on it.

Step 4: The phone will ask you to verify yourself by using the Face ID, Touch ID, or Password depending on which type of security id is available on your iOS device.

After the authentication is successful, the Hidden album will get unlocked and you’ll be able to access all the locked photos.

How to Remove the lock from Photos

If you want to make your photos free from lock and want to make them show right in the Photos app, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the Photos app.

Step 2: Go to Albums and then Hidden.

Step 3: Verify yourself to open the locked Hidden album.

Step 4: Now, select the images that you want to remove the lock from and tap on the 3-dot icon on the top right of the screen

Step 5: From the 3-dot menu, select Unhide and verify yourself using Face ID, Touch ID, or password if asked.

And that’s it. Your selected photos will not get moved from the locked Hidden album to the original Photos app and can be accessed without any password.

Remove the lock from the Hidden album

In case if you want to remove the lock from the whole Hidden album on your Photos app, here’s how you can do that.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Scroll down and go to the Photos option.

Step 3: On the Photos settings page, come under the ALBUMS section and you’ll see an option Use Face ID.

Step 4: Toggle its switch to off to disable the lock for the Hidden album.

Unable to see locked photos on iPhone?

If you are not able to see the locked photos on your iPhone or iPad then this is probably because the album named Hidden where the photos go after hiding them is itself set to hidden. To access the locked photos you’ll have to first show the Hidden album. For this.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

Step 2: Go to the Photos option.

Step 3: Come under the ALBUMS section, and you’ll see a toggle for the See Hidden Album option.

Step 4: Make sure that the toggle is enabled. If it is not, switch it on.

And that’s it, you should now be able to see the album named Hidden in your Photos app’s Albums section.

Bottom Line

With that said, here comes the end of this guide. I am hoping that this would have helped you and you’ll now be using the Photos app in a better way on your iOS 16 device. Apple has finally made it allow users to hide photos. Otherwise, the user was using the 3rd-party apps to fulfill the purpose.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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