How to Hide Personal Photos on Your Android or iOS Device

Hide Personal Photos on Your Android or iOS Device

Sharing pictures and movies with your family, friends, and coworkers is enjoyable. Still, there could be certain pictures you’d prefer not to share. In such cases, you can quickly secure pictures to prevent prying eyes from seeing them. This article will offer some useful tips on safeguarding your privacy whether you’re using a high-end iPhone Pro or a low-cost Android phone running the latest Android 14 OS. From using the built-in apps on your phone to a few third-party techniques, we have got it all covered for you.

How to use Google Photos to conceal pictures on an Android phone

Here’s the quick and easy way! Open the app, tap “Library” then look for “Locked Folder” (it might be under “Organize Your Library”). Finally, use your phone’s security (PIN, password, fingerprint) to create your secret photo vault.

Open up Google Photos:

On your Android phone, launch the well-known Google Photos application.

Select the Library Tab.

Locate and choose the “Library” tab from the bottom navigation bar. All of your pictures and videos are kept in this location.

Get to the menu for utilities:

Navigate to the “Utilities” option once you’re in the library. Depending on your phone type, it might be seen as three vertical dots or lines in the upper right corner. When you tap on it, a secret menu full of tools appears.

Locate the Option for Locked Folder:

The “Locked Folder” option may be found in two different ways:

  • Look for the Prompt: Google Photos may occasionally recommend configuring the Locked Folder straight from the Utilities menu. Find a recommendation that states “Set up a Locked Folder.”
  • Examine the section on “Organize Your Library”: Don’t worry if you don’t notice the prompt! Locate the “Organize Your Library” area by swiping the Utilities menu. The “Locked Folder” button can be located here.

Activate Your Secret Vault: 

Tap the “Locked Folder” option after finding it (either by following the prompt or by looking under “Organize Your Library”). A “Get Started” or “Set up Locked Folder” button will most likely be visible to you. Press the button to start the configuration procedure.

Verify Your Identity: 

For security reasons, Google Photos will ask you to use the current authentication mechanism on your phone to confirm your identity. This may be a fingerprint, a password, or a PIN.

Delete the current images in your locked folder.

You can add images and videos to the Locked Folder in two different methods. From the media library, you may add them all at once or individually while viewing a photo.

  • Go to the Photos tab after launching Google Photos.
  • You may choose which media files to hide by long-tapping a picture.
  • Hit the menu with three dots at the top.
  • From the pop-up option that appears, select Move to Locked Folder and confirm your selection.
  • Click the media file, swipe up to see more details, then choose Move to Locked Folder to hide the photo or video if you’re only adding one.

Add new photos to your Locked Folder automatically (available only on Google Pixel devices)

New photos you take with the camera app will automatically be saved in your Locked Folder if you own a Google Pixel 3 or later version. If you want to keep all of the photos you take with your phone’s camera concealed from your gallery, consider doing this. Remember that the guidelines listed below are exclusive to Pixel phones.

  • Open your Pixel phone’s default Camera app.
  • Hit the icon for the photo gallery at the top.
  • The Save to option will appear; then select Locked Folder.
  • Moving forward, any images or videos that you take with your Pixel phone will automatically end up in Google Photos’ Locked Folder.

Access the Locked Folder’s hidden media.

You may want to know how to access your private photos and videos now that they are protected in your Lock Folder. The Google Photos Utilities menu can access your hidden media files.

  • Go to the Library after opening the Google Photos app.
  • Then go to the Google Photos Utilities menu by following the instructions above.
  • Under the Organize your library option, locate Locked Folder.
  • Check your hidden files, open them, and verify your identity using a PIN or fingerprint.

How to Use the Files App to Hide Pictures on an Android Phone

Many Android phones come equipped with Google Files. Like Google Photos, it features a Safe folder to keep your confidential documents and media assets. To configure and utilize the Safe folder, take the following actions:

  • In your Android phone and open the Files app.
  • Choose the Safe folder. To protect it, you may use a pattern or a four-digit PIN. Return to the Files home screen after setting it up by following the on-screen directions. Open documents, movies, or pictures.
  • To access the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner, long touch media files.
  • To move to a safe folder, choose it.

How to Conceal Images on an iPhone

Like Android devices, you can safeguard private media files in a secret album on your iPhone or iPad by using the built-in Photos app, all without downloading any third-party apps.

  • On your iPhone, launch the Photos app.
  • To conceal certain photographs or videos, use the Select button at the top and choose them.
  • In the bottom-left corner, tap the share symbol, then choose Hide.


There are several ways to conceal private images and videos on your iOS or Android smartphone. Find a solution that works for you, whether you prefer the built-in features like the locked folder in Google Photos, the safe folder in the Files app on Android, or the hidden album feature in the Photos app on iPhone. Remember that only Pixel smartphones can use Google Photos’ Locked Folder with automatic saving; other phones cannot use this function. Whichever way you decide to safeguard your pictures, be careful to keep in mind your PIN, password, or fingerprint so you can retrieve them at a later time!

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