How To Find Hidden Folders on iPhone

Top Secret

There is a feature on the Photos app of your iPhone called the Hidden Album where all the pictures or videos you hide are kept. This feature is useful for keeping your photos and videos away from people browsing through your phone’s contents without diving too deep. However, you might want to consider an alternative to hide your files more securely.

Quick Answer

To find the Hidden Album on iPhone, open the Photos app and scroll to the bottom of the page to the “Utilities” section. You’ll find the Hidden Album in the “Utilities” section. For some iPhone versions, launch the Photos app, scroll down and tap Albums. In the Albums section, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Hidden feature in the Other Albums section.

We will examine how to use the Photo app, the Notes app, and third-party apps to hide folders on your iPhone and the ways to find those hidden files. We will also explain how to unhide files and return them to their original position. 

Method #1: Using the Photo App

The Photo app is the most common way of hiding files on your iPhone. It does not involve the use of a third-party app. Instead, it is a quick and easy-to-use feature built-in with the functionality of your iPhone. To use the Hide feature, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Locate and click on the photo or video you want to hide.
  3. Tap the share button represented by the upward arrow icon.
  4. Select “Hide” from the list of options.
  5. Confirm that you want to hide the file.

Once the file is hidden, it goes to a separate folder named “Hidden.” To find the files you hid, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Utilities section. 
  3. Tap the folder named “Hidden” to access the photos and videos hidden inside the folder.

As you must have noticed, hiding your photos and videos through this method is not secure, as you can still access those files easily through the Photos app. It only moves the photos away from the main section to an obscure section at the bottom of the page. However, it is still relatively easy to find by anyone who pays attention.

The good thing is that you can add a layer of security to it. You can make the hidden folder disappear from the Photos app by enabling a feature in Settings. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select “Photos.”
  3. Turn off the Hidden Album feature. 

Once you do this, the Hidden Album feature disappears from the Photos app, and you can no longer find it. To find the hidden files, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select Photos.
  3. Scroll down and turn on the Hidden Album feature

To unhide the hidden files completely, locate the files in the Hidden album folder. Select the files you want to unhide, tap the share button and select “Unhide.”

Method #2: Using the Notes App

The Notes app is another built-in feature that allows you to securely hide files on your iPhone. Although you can’t create a password-protected folder using Notes, you can lock an individual note with your password

To do this, create a note and add a photo or video to it. Tap the share icon and select the “Lock Note” icon at the bottom of the page. Add your password and tap “Done.” As soon as you tap the lock icon, the note disappears.

To view this hidden file, open your Notes app and select “View Note.” Then enter your password to see the note.

Method #3: Using a Third-Party App

There are several third-party applications that you can use to hide files. These third-party apps can hide all kinds of files, including pictures, videos, documents, software apps, etc. Usually, hiding a file on this app requires the use of a password or pin protection. 

To hide files using a third-party app, open the app and add the files you want to hide to the app’s secure vault. To find the hidden files on the app, you have to launch the app and enter the required password or pin to access those files. If the files are not yours or you don’t know the password, you won’t be able to access them.


It’s all well and good if you’re trying to find a file you hid by mistake or you’re trying to know if your child is hiding any inappropriate content on their phone. However, we urge you to respect other people’s privacy if you’re trying to use the information in this article to access the files they are unwilling to share with others. 

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