Hide photos on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

With Photos, you can control which photos and videos are visible and what's hidden.

When you hide photos and videos, they move to the Hidden album, so they don't appear in your Library, in other albums, or in the Photos widget on your Home Screen. With iOS 14, you can turn off the Hidden album, so the photos are completely hidden. You can unhide photos and videos and turn the Hidden album back on whenever you want.

How to hide photos on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open Photos.
  2. Select the photo or video that you want to hide.
  3. Tap the Share button , then tap Hide.
  4. Confirm that you want to hide the photo or video.

Unhide photos on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

On an iPhone or iPod touch:

  1. Open Photos and tap the Albums tab.
  2. Scroll down and tap Hidden under Utilities.
  3. Tap the photo or video that you want to unhide.
  4. Tap the Share button , then tap Unhide.

On an iPad:

  1. Open Photos. If the sidebar is hidden, tap the sidebar icon in the upper-left corner.
  2. Scroll down until you see Hidden under Utilities.
  3. Tap the photo or video that you want to unhide.
  4. Tap the Share button , then tap Unhide.

Find the Hidden album

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the Hidden album is on by default, but you can turn it off. When you turn off the Hidden album, any photos or videos that you've hidden won't be visible in the Photos app. To find the Hidden album:

  1. Open Photos and tap the Albums tab.
  2. Scroll down and look for the Hidden album under Utilities. If you're on an iPad, you might need to tap the sidebar icon in the upper-left corner, then scroll down until you see the Hidden album under Utilities.

To turn off the Hidden album:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Photos. 
  2. Scroll down and turn off Hidden Album.

How to hide photos on your Mac

  1. Open Photos.
  2. Select the photo or video that you want to hide.
  3. Control-click the photo, then choose Hide Photo. You can also hide a photo from the menu bar when you choose Image > Hide Photo. Or you can press Command-L to hide a photo.  
  4. Confirm that you want to hide the photo or video.

If you use iCloud Photos, the photos that you hide on one device are hidden on your other devices too.

Unhide photos on Mac

  1. Open Photos. In the menu bar, choose View > Show Hidden Photo Album.
  2. In the sidebar, select Hidden.
  3. Select the photo or video that you want to unhide.
  4. Control-click the photo, then choose Unhide Photo. You can also choose Image > Unhide Photo from the menu bar, or press Command-L.

Find the Hidden album

The Hidden album is off by default on Mac. But you can turn it on whenever you want, so it's easier to find photos or videos that you've hidden. Here's how to turn on the Hidden album: 

  1. Open Photos. 
  2. Choose View > Show Hidden Photo Album.

When the Hidden album is on, you'll see it in the sidebar under Photos.

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