How To Password Protect Photos on iPhone

protect photos on iPhone

So you want to know how to password protect photos on iPhone? Find a very simple guide to follow right below. iPhone has a native way to hide photos and videos in the Photos app. Just select the photo you want to hide, touch the Share icon, and select the “Hide” option. However, this is not a complete method.

It only hides them from “Moments” and “Albums”. Anyone can see your hidden photos or videos by going to the new “Hidden” album.

Fortunately, there is a hidden trick that not only completely hides all your photos and videos, but also protects them with passwords with your Touch or Face ID. No third-party apps required.

All you have to do is import all your private photos and videos into the Notes app, use the lock function to password protect the note, then go back to the Photos app and delete all the media files imported into Notes. Here is a step by step guide.

How to password protect photos on iPhone

To start, open the Notes app is to create a new note by tapping the new note button in the lower right corner of the app. Give it a generic name that arouses no suspicion. IS tap Done in the upper right corner.

Now touch the Camera button at the bottom of the app and select “Choose photos or videos” from the pop-up list.

Choose photos or videos

The camera roll will open and you can select all images and the videos you want to hide from your iPhone gallery. After selecting all the items, tap the Add button in the corner top right.

Now, we just have to go ahead and lock the note with Touch ID and Face ID. Tap the meatballs menu button in the corner top right.

Touch the large purple lock button from the Share sheet. If you have never set a password for your notes, you will be asked to create one. The password can be different from your iPhone passcode, which means you can safely create a new password to lock your photos.

Enter the password, verify it, and add a suggestion. After that tap Done top right to complete the block configuration.

Tap the lock button that just appeared next to the meatball menu button at the top to freeze the note. Whenever you want to view the note, you must enter the correct password or use your Touch ID / Face ID.

Whenever you revisit your note, present this lock screen as shown below. To unlock the note, it is enough to tap the View Note button and authenticates with Face ID / Touch ID.

tap the View Note button

Don’t forget to delete the photos

Keep in mind, hiding private media in the Notes app, it doesn’t delete the original media from the Photos apps. So, don’t forget to delete the pictures and videos from the Photos app and even from the trash.

To do this, simply open the Photos app and select all the photos you have hidden in the ‘Note’ app. Tap the trash can at the bottom right of the screen and select Delete items.

iPhone keeps a copy of the deleted photos in the “Trash” for the next thirty days and subsequently removes them permanently. You can manually delete photos by simply scrolling down the Album section and tapping “Recently Deleted”. Touch the button Delete everything in the lower-left corner to permanently delete your photos.

Password protect photos on iPhone, conclusion

This was a quick way to hide your photos on the iPhone and protect them with Touch ID / Face ID. It’s not the most efficient method, but it’s still better than hiding your photos inside the Photos app where anyone can access them simply by browsing the hidden folder.

Alternatively to password protect photos on iPhone, you can use free third-party apps like Folder Lock, which works similarly to the Notes app – i.e. password-protects private photos and videos, however, it is much more convenient.

However, the fact remains, you still have to delete the media file from the Photos app. Let me know if you have any thoughts and comments about it in the comments below.

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