Everybody has certain personal photos that they want to keep hidden and away from inquisitive eyes. Apple users couldn’t have this privilege without a third-party application earlier. Although Apple Photos already had an option to hide the selected photos, the hidden photos album was still unlocked and easily accessible. However, the good news is no more privacy invasion with the lock on photos with iOS 16.
iOS 16 Hidden Features: Photo Album Lock
You can now use Face ID, Touch ID, or Passcode to hide and lock photos on devices with the iOS 16 update. No one can access your private photos without your consent anymore. The secret photo album in iOS 16 can be locked easily in a few simple steps. This article will guide you on how to do that step by step.
With iOS 16, you can hide as many as photos you want, and have your hidden album locked automatically. Wait, that’s not it. Apple is providing a lock option on the Recently Deleted album too. So, if anyone is having an access to your unlocked iPhone, you can be reassured that they can never get to your secret albums.
How to hide photos on iOS 16
The iPhone 8, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 should all be compatible with this feature of iOS 16.
First of all, if you have your iPhone locked with a Face ID, Touch ID, or Passcode, then your Hidden and Recently Deleted albums would automatically get locked. If not, follow these simple steps in order to hide and lock photos on iOS 16.
- Go to the Settings app.
- Scroll down, locate and tap Photos.
- Enable the Use Face ID or Use Passcode toggle button.
- Go to the Photos app.
- At the bottom of the screen, tap Albums and scroll down. Now you will see both of the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums with a tiny lock icon which indicates that the album is locked.
- If you tap on Hidden or Recently Deleted album, it will ask you for Face ID, Touch ID, or Passcode.
Only these few steps and you have your photos protected.
So that’s how iOS 16 protects your privacy and allows you to lock your Hidden and Recently Deleted photo albums. For iPhone users who previously relied on third-party apps to protect their private images, this new function is a nice addition. You don’t have to be concerned about a third-party app stealing your data or publishing your photos to the cloud because the capability is incorporated right within the Photos app.
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