How To Unhide Photos on iPhone

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The Hide feature on iPhone allows you to control which pictures and videos are visible on your phone to protect them from prying eyes. You can also choose to unhide the hidden photos if you want. However, many iPhone users don’t know how to do that. 

Quick Answer

To unhide photos on your iPhone, go to the Photos app, tap “Albums”, and select “Hidden”. Locate and open the picture or video, tap the share button, and select “Unhide”.

To make things easy for you, we have prepared a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to unhide photos on your iPhone. We will also explain hiding the Hidden Album on Photos and locking pictures on Notes.

Unhiding Photos on iPhone

If you have no clue how to unhide your photos on your iPhone, our detailed step-by-step method with clear instructions will help you accomplish this task without any trouble.

Step #1: Open Photos

In the first step, unlock your iPhone, swipe left to access the App Library, and tap the Photos app

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Step #2: Unhide Photos

Once the app is launched, tap the “Albums” tab, scroll down and select “Hidden” to view all the hidden photos and videos on your iPhone. Now, locate the picture you want to unhide and tap to open it. 

When the picture opens up, tap the blue share button on the screen’s bottom-left corner and select “Unhide” from the pop-up menu.

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All Done!

Once you unhide a picture, it will reappear in the Photos Library and show in your Photo Widget on the Home screen.

How To Completely Hide the Hidden Album on iPhone

You can hide the hidden Album on your iPhone with the help of the following steps stated below.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap “Photos”.
  3. Toggle off “Hidden Album”.
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That’s It!

The Hidden Album will no longer appear in the Photos app under “Utilities” unless you unhide it in Settings.

How To Lock Photos in Notes

In addition to hiding pictures on the Photos app, you can lock them on Notes using these quick and simple steps.

Step #1: Transfer the Photo to Notes

In the first step, launch the Photos app on your iPhone. Now, locate the picture you want to lock and tap to open it. Tap the blue share icon at the screen’s bottom-left corner and select “Notes”. Finally, tap “Save” to transfer the picture to the Notes app.

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Alternate Method

Instead of transferring a picture from Photos to Notes, you can directly add a new picture to Notes using the following steps.

1. Open the Notes app.
2. Tap the yellow pen writing icon.
3. Tap the camera icon.
4. Tap “Choose Photo or Video”.
5. Locate and tap the photo you want to lock.
6. Tap “Add”.

Step #2: Lock the Photo on Notes

In the second step, launch the Notes app and tap the note that contains the picture you want to lock. The note will have a thumbnail of the photo on the right, making it easier to locate.

Once the note opens, tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of the screen and select the lock button from the pop-up menu. 

You will be required to create/verify a password for the lock and to leave a hint. You can also use your Face ID to unlock your note by moving the toggle next to “Face ID” to the on position.

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All Set!

Once the note is locked, you must enter the password to unlock it and view the photo.


In this write-up on how to unhide photos on iPhone, we discussed making the hidden pictures reappear in the library. We also explored hiding the Hidden Album and locking photos on Notes. 

Hopefully, you found what you were looking for in this article, and now you can address your privacy concerns without any issues. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I hide photos on my MacBook?

Yes. To hide pictures on MacBook, open Photos on your laptop and locate and select the image you want to hide. Control-click the picture, select “Hide 1 Photo”, and click “Hide”.

Can I lock hidden or deleted photos on my iPhone?

Although currently, iPhone has no option to lock hidden or deleted Photos, iOS 16 will allow people to do so. Users can use Face ID or Touch ID to lock these two folders. Although the folders will remain noticeable under “Utilities”, you need to unlock them to access the Photos.

Why can’t I unhide photos on my iPhone?

If you can’t unhide pictures on your iPhone, go to Settings, tap “Photos”, and move the toggle next to “Hidden Album” to the on position. Now, you will see the “Hidden” folder under “Utilities” on the Photos app. Open the folder, select the picture you want, and tap the share icon > “Unhide”

Can I have multiple hidden photo albums on my iPhone?

No, you cannot have multiple Hidden Albums on your iPhone since only one in-built photo Album is available for this purpose.

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