How to Make a Private Photo Album to Hide Pictures on iPhone

How to (Really, Truly) Hide Photos on iPhone

You can hide photos on an iPhone in the Photos app—kind of. By kind of, I mean you can hide the photos from Years, Collections, and Moments. However you can’t hide photos from All Photos, which means you aren’t really hiding the photo much at all. Anyone who looks through your photos will still be able to find the supposedly hidden photo private picture folder on your iPhone. But there is a way to really, truly hide photos on iPhone from prying eyes using the Notes app to make a private picture folder on your iPhone. For even more security, you can also use an app to hide photos in a secret photo album on iPhone. Here’s how to hide photos on iPhone.

Related: How to Lock all Your Notes at Once

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How to Lock Pictures on iPhone Using the Notes App 

There are a couple steps to really, truly hiding a photo on iPhone. (Note that you can't currently lock Notes containing videos, so if you want to know how to hide videos on iPhone, you'll need to skip down to the section on apps that hide photos on iPhone.)

To hide a picture on iPhone:

  • Locate the photo in the Photos app.
  • Tap the Share icon and Save the photo to your Notes app. 

  • If iCloud is your default Notes account, move the newly saved note with the photo to your On My iPhone account by locating the note in the iCloud Notes folder, tapping Edit in the upper right corner and selecting the notes, and then tapping Move To and selecting On My iPhone.
  • Next, open the note with the photo, tap the Share icon and Lock the note.

  • Return to the Photos app and delete the photo from the app.
  • You'll also want to open your Recently Deleted folder within Photos and delete the photo from there. Otherwise the photo will stay viewable in your Trash folder for 30 days.

When you open Notes up, the photo will be safely locked within Notes. If you decide to save the photo back to the Photos app, simply unlock the note, tap the Share icon, and select Save.
This is a bit of a work around; but if you’re trying to really, truly make a private picture folder on iPhone using built-in Apple apps, this solution is the way to go.

Best Apps to Hide Photos and Videos on iPhone

Locking photos on iPhone using the Notes app is convenient because it doesn't require any additional apps. But you can't make a locked photo album in Notes if you want to lock notes containing videos in the Notes app. And then there are those who want to make a secret photo album on iPhone that only they know about. Some people looking to lock pictures on iPhone don't even want anyone to know that they even have private photos on their phone. In that case, the solution is using apps that hide pictures on your iPhone and sometimes even hide themselves.

Secret Calculator Pro - Hide Photos & Videos ($1.99)

This app looks and works just like a regular calculator app until you enter the passcode. Once you unlock the app you can take and share photos and videos from within the app directly, so there's no need to worry about remembering to delete private photos from your iPhone's Photo app.

Best Secret Folder (Free)

This free app lets you make locked photo albums of private photos and videos on your iPhone. The app will even let you know if someone tries to log in to the password protected app and snaps a photo of the offender.

Private Photo Vault Pro ($3.99)

This app lets you not only password protect the app, but also create locked photo albums with their own passwords. While you can't take photos or videos directly in the app, importing and exporting to and from the Photos app is easy. This app also will take a photo of anyone trying to break into the app.

Top Image Credit: Shutterstock / Kaspars Grinvalds

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.