Got a new iPhone but were surprised by the "Hide Photo" option available natively inside the "Photos" app? You're not alone!

However, things have changed drastically on iOS 16 compared to the previous iOS versions. Before iOS 16, the hidden folder should be enabled/disabled in the settings menu of the iPhone to hide it from prying eyes. In iOS 16, it isn't like that, and your hidden album unlocks with your FaceID. Continue reading this article as we show you exactly how to find hidden photos on iPhone.

Where to Find Hidden Photos on iPhone

Where can I find the hidden photos on my iPhone? There are two ways to unhide and see the hidden photos on your iPhone 11/12/13/14. If you're on iOS 16, you can use the Photos app to find hidden photos. But if you're on iOS 15 or older, you'll need to use the iPhone's Settings to unhide hidden albums and to find the hidden photos in your gallery.

Tool Effectiveness Difficulty
Photos Effective - Use FaceID or passcode to find all your hidden photos on your iPhone. Easy
Settings Effective - If you don't see the hidden album in the Photos app, go to Settings to enable it. Easy

Method 1. Using the Photos App

The Photos app is far more advanced as it is fast. You can sort images by creating albums. The search feature is fast and more. Here's how to use the "Photos" app to see your hidden photos.

Step 1. Open the "Photos" app.

Opening the Photos app

Step 2. Select the "Album" section at the bottom.

Opening the Photos app

Step 3. Scroll down and select the "Hidden" section.

Selecting the Hidden album under the Albums section

Step 4. Tap on it, and the FaceID will activate and authenticate you.

Step 5. Once you're in, you can find all your hidden photos in the gallery, also known as Photos, on the iPhone.

Method 2. Using Settings

If you don't see the hidden album in the "Photos" app, it means the hidden album isn't enabled in the settings. Once you update the settings, you can view it in the Photos app. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1. Open Settings, then open "Photos."

Opening the settings menu of the Photos

Step 2. Enable the toggle under the "Show Hidden Album" option.

Enabling Show Hidden Album

Step 3. Close "Settings" and then open "Photos."

Step 4. Select "Album" and then scroll down and select the "Hidden photos" album to view your hidden photos.

How to View iPhone Hidden Pictures on PC/Mac

I used the 'hidden' feature for private pics, but each time I plug my phone into the computer at work, ALL MY HIDDEN PHOTOS COMES UP ON SCREEN!! I tried deleting it from Camera Roll, but it deletes it everywhere, including the hidden folder. What's the point of having hidden pics when plugging in the phone if they are not hidden? This new 'photos' is really quite a disaster compared to the simplicity of iPhotos. - From Apple's Community

From the above post, we can know that when plugging iPhone into PC, all the hidden photos can appear on the screen. If you're a PC or Mac user and know the passcode of the hidden photos, you can connect your iPhone to your laptop and use EaseUS MobiMover Pro to view, transfer, or back up the photos. This is an all-in-one solution! What's more, MobiMover can do a lot apart from photo transfer:

EaseUS MobiMover is feature-rich, easy to use, and fluid which can transfer your photos to PC or Mac:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows 7 and later or Mac OS X 10.7 and later. Launch EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to PC" on the main screen and click the "Next" button to move on. 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Select the "Pictures" category as you want to copy from your iPhone to your computer. It's the right choice for you to transfer other supported file types together with photos from your iPhone to the computer to make a backup. 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3. Click the "Transfer" button to start transferring photos from your iPhone to the computer. Depending on the size of the files, it may take seconds or a while to import pictures from your iPhone to your computer. Wait patiently for the process to finish and check the items in the selected folder after that.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 3

Bonus Tip: How to Unhide Photos on iPhone/iPad

The above has instructed you on how to transfer hidden photos from iPhone to PC for viewing, but what about unhiding photos? By unhiding the photo, it will go back to the "Recent" album under the "Albums" section of the "Photos" app and will not be hidden anymore. If you want to unhide a photo, here's what you need to do:

Step 1. Open the "Hidden" album.

Step 2. Open the photo you want to unhide and tap on the three-dotted option in the top-right corner.

Step 3. Select "Unhide."

Selecting the Unhide option

That's it! Now you can find the unhidden photo in your "Recent" album.


We hope this article has helped you how to find hidden photos on iPhone, access the "hidden" album under the Photos app, and let you access your hidden photos via Settings. Also, you can use EaseUS MobiMover to view the photos on your computer or even back up photos to your PC for viewing them later.

How to Find Hidden Photos on iPhone FAQs

Do you have any other questions about finding hidden photos on your iPhone? Here, we answer a few questions about it.

1. Why can't I find my hidden photos on my iPhone?

If you can find your hidden photos on your iPhone, it could be because you didn't enable them in the settings. Enable the toggle of Show Hidden Photos inside the settings menu to view your hidden photos.

2. Are hidden photos still saved in iCloud?

Yes, hidden photos are saved in iCloud, but they're encrypted, so even if someone tries to intercept your iCloud, they can't view anything.

3. How to unlock hidden photos on iPhone?

Here's how to unlock hidden photos on your iPhone:

  1. Step 1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Step 2. Select Album at the bottom section.
  3. Step 3. Scroll down and select the Hidden Photos album.
  4. Step 4. Tap on the album to let FaceID authenticate your face and unlock the album for you.

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Updated by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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