How to Lock Hidden Albums with Face ID on iPhone and iPad?

We all have some personal photos and videos that we want to keep secret or protect from curious eyes. Although the Apple Photos app has already provided a way to hide your photos or albums on iPhone, still anyone can easily access all your hidden photos or albums on the iPhone. Apple’s Photos app has an in-built “Hide” function, but it doesn’t stop people who have access to your phone. That’s why most iOS users depend heavily on other Photo Vault applications to keep their photos safe from prying eyes. If you want to ensure that your photos and videos stay completely private, then you are in the right spot.

Fortunately, iOS 16 offers a long-requested feature that can lock your hidden photos on your iPhone. If you’ve installed iOS 16 on your iPhone or iPad, then you can lock your hidden photo albums on your iPhone and iPad with FaceID/Touch ID so that no one can view or check your private photos or videos without your permission. Also, there is a setting to switch off the authentication feature if you prefer to keep them unlocked. So, in this article, we’ll be going to discuss how to lock your hidden photo albums in iOS 16 with the Face ID feature.

Can I lock photos on iPhone or iPad with Face ID/Touch ID?  

While it is not possible to lock your entire photo gallery and any other photo album on iPhone or iPad. However, you can lock hidden photos or hidden photo albums in the Photos app on iOS 16 on iPhone or in iPadOS 16 on iPad. Authentication to view the hidden photo albums is enabled by default in iOS 16.

Therefore, if you’ve Face ID or Touch ID set up on your iPhone or iPad, it will be used automatically to lock the hidden album. The option to lock hidden photo albums on iPhone is pretty handy as users of Apple users no longer have to depend on suspicious third-party Lock apps to lock their photos or videos on iPhone. Also, hidden photos cannot be accessed by third-party applications as long as the hidden photo album is locked in your iPhone device.

Why should I protect the hidden photo albums with a password?

Making your hidden photo album private is a nice idea if it contains photos of your memories or some important images. The need to lock hidden photo albums on iPhone or iPad generally arises when you have to unlock your iPhone or iPad and pass it on to someone to see some photos on your Apple devices. Simultaneously, you don’t want them to break into your photos. In that case, this feature will help you to protect your privacy by enabling the lock feature on your hidden photo albums on your iPhone or iPad.

This feature works on most of the latest iPhone models like the iPhone 8, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 as long as they’re supporting iOS 16. Now, let’s discuss how you can lock the hidden photo albums and videos on your iPhone or iPad.

Supported iPhones & iPads:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
  • iPad Pro (All models)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (5th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

How to lock the hidden photo albums in iOS 16-supporting devices? 

  • Firstly, update your Apple device (iPhone or iPad) to the iOS16 version if you haven’t already done so.
  • Now, go to the Settings app of your Apple device and scroll down to the Photos option and click on it.
  • Turn on the toggle button on the “Use Face ID” section to lock the Hidden Photo Albums with your Face ID. 
  • If you don’t want Hidden Albums to appear under the Albums section then disable the “Show Hidden Albums” option.
  • Now, open the Photos app and click on the Albums section and scroll down to the end of the screen. A lock-like icon will now appear in front of Recently Deleted and Hidden photo albums in the Photos app.

Final Words

Through these steps, you can easily lock the hidden photo albums on your iPhone or iPad. To unlock the Hidden Albums, open the Hidden Albums section on the Photos app, and then the app will ask for Face ID/Touch ID authentication to show the photos on the Hidden Albums.

That’s all for now. I will be back soon with another interesting update. Keep visiting HiTricks. Don’t forget to join our Telegram Channel for getting the latest tech updates.

Anuj Kumar

Anuj Kumar

Anuj is a passionate blogger from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Currently pursuing B.sc in Programming and Data Science from IIT Madras. Apart from being an avid learner and a tech enthusiast, he loves playing PC Games and likes to keep himself updated with the latest trends in the tech industry.

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