How to Lock Hidden Photo Album on iPhone with iOS 16

We all have private photos that we want to keep secret or away from prying eyes. Although the Apple Photos app already offered a way to hide photos on iPhone, anyone could easily access your hidden album. This is why most iOS users rely heavily on photo storage apps to protect their personal photos. However, if you have installed iOS 16, you can now lock your hidden photo album with Face ID/Touch ID on your iPhone and iPad so that no one can access your private photos without your permission. So here is how to lock hidden photo album in iOS 16.

Lock Hidden Photo Album on iPhone

Apart from letting you secure the hidden album, iOS 16 also lets you back up the “Recently Deleted” folder where deleted photos and videos remain available for up to 30 days. From a privacy perspective, this is well thought out. Many times we tend to delete some personal pictures and forget to delete them permanently. Therefore, they continue to exist on the device. However, with this new privacy feature enabled, you will no longer have to worry about protecting deleted images.

Lock hidden and recently deleted folders with Face ID/Touch ID

1. First, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

iphone settings app

2. Now scroll down to find the Photo app and select it.

go to Photos settings in iOS 16

3. Make sure the toggle next to Use Face ID/Touch ID is on.

Lock Hidden Photo Album with Face ID or Touch ID on iPhone and iPad

From now on, a small padlock icon will appear next to hidden album and recently deleted folders. It’s worth pointing out that if someone tries to disable this feature, they’ll need to authenticate using Touch ID or Face ID first. So you can rest assured that your photos are safe.

Lock Photo Album on iPhone and iPad

Unlock hidden and recently deleted folders with Face ID/Touch ID

Unlocking the hidden photo album is as easy as it gets.

1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photo app then press the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.

Photos app on iPhone and iPad

2. Under the Utilities section, touch Hidden then authenticate using Touch ID/Face ID to view your photos. And if you want to check your recently deleted pictures, tap Recently Deleted then authenticate.

hide hidden album on iPhone and iPad

Allow any family member/close friend to access your locked private photo album

What if you want to allow one of your friends or relatives to have unlimited access to your hidden album? Well, you can ask your friend to set up an alternate appearance on your Face ID enabled device or add a fingerprint on your Touch ID equipped device to have unlimited access to the hidden album.

1. Go to Settings app on your iPhone and choose Face ID/Touch ID and password.

Open the Settings app on iPhone and iPad

2. Now either set up an alternative appearance Where add fingerprint depending on availability.

Allow anyone to access your locked photo album

In the future, your friend will also be able to view your hidden photo album using Face ID or Touch ID.

Protect your personal photos from prying eyes

Well, that’s how you can lock your hidden photo album in iOS 16. This new feature is a welcome addition for iPhone users who had to rely on third-party apps to protect their personal photos. Since the feature is built into the Photos app, you don’t have to worry about a third-party app stealing your data or uploading your images to the cloud either. So, have you started locking your hidden and deleted albums on iPhone? Let us know in the comments.