How to hide photos in iOS 12

Sometimes, you may not want certain images stored on your iPhone or iPad to be visible to third parties, but you do not want to delete them from your photo library either. Luckily, the Photos application of iOS offers us a feature thanks to which those photos will remain hidden in a special folder without appearing in the main library of your photos and videos. Next, we will see how to hide photos in iOS 12 easily.

Hide photos on your iPhone and iPad

Before you start you should bear in mind that the photos that you hide will no longer be accessible from the main section of the Photos app, however, they will appear in the different albums where you have included them. For example, if you hide a photo of your last trip to Rome and created an album with all those images, this photo will no longer be seen in “All Photos”, however, it will remain visible in the album “Trip to Rome”. Consequently, if what you want to do is completely hide images, you should consider using a third-party application that allows blocking the app. Fortunately, you can find different alternatives in the App Store.

How to hide images in the Photos application

  1. First, open the Photos application on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. From the main album “All Photos”, press the Select option located in the upper right corner of the screen and in blue letters.
  3. Now press all the images you want to hide from the main Photos library.
  4. After that, press the Share icon or button that you can see in the lower left corner of the screen (it looks like a square with an arrow pointing outwards, and is drawn in blue)
  5. The Share section will appear on the screen, which includes different options such as sending images via Messaging, Telegram, adding to notes, sharing on Facebook, etc. This section is divided into two rows. In the bottom row, you will find the option Hide, identified with a kind of rectangle and an oblique line that crosses out. Click on it
  6. Now confirm the action by pressing “Hide X photos”.

From this moment, all the photos you have selected, and those you select in the future, will be stored in a new folder under the name Hidden. You can access this folder or album from the Albums tab at the bottom of the Photos screen. Descend to the bottom and you can access it.

How to show again images that we have previously hidden

Probably, later you want to go the opposite way, that is, show in the main library of the Photos app those images that you had previously sent to the album of hidden images. Maybe you no longer have snoopers around you, or you’ve just changed your mind. In any case, the process is as simple as the one we just saw. To carry it out, you just have to follow the following instructions:

  1. First, open the Photos application on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the Albums tab at the bottom of the Photos screen
  3. Go down to the bottom of the screen and select the hidden album.
  4. Press the Select option located in the upper right corner of the screen and in blue letters.
  5. Click on the images you want to show.
  6. Touch the Share icon that you see in the lower left corner of the screen, which looks like a square with an arrow pointing outward, and in blue)
  7. In the bottom row of options window, touch on the Show option.

From now on, the previously hidden photos will reappear in the main library of the Photos application. Remember that the process is exactly the same on both iPhone and iPad.

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