– Hide top-secret photos and notes:
We’ve all been there – you want to hide certain photos from friends and family when you hand over your iPhone or any phone for that matter, but are at a loss on how to go about it. Apple actually has a Hide option in place for this. You will see it if you select a picture and tap on the Share symbol. But in this case, iOS just shifts the private snaps to an album called Hidden which anyone can view.
It’s quite surprising that Apple, who is known for trimming down features to the bare minimum when it comes to the user interface as well as the hardware, would still retain such a pointless Hide option. But we digress. Here’s a cool tip you can use to keep your secret photos, well, secret. It has nothing to with Albums and everything to do with the Notes app which comes pre-installed with the iOS software.
When you want to keep a picture on your iPhone hidden from prying eyes, just tap on Share and pick Add to Notes. From there, simply head over to your new note, select Share, and choose Lock Note. Enter a password and hint to seal the deal. If you want to be extra cautious, make sure you save the note locally via Settings > Notes > “On My iPhone” Account, instead of saving to your iCloud account by default.
But wait, there’s one more step for you to complete before you can sit back and relax. Don’t forget to delete the image in question (or should we say ‘questionable image’?) from the Photos app and scrub it out of the Recently Deleted album as well. If you change your mind and want the shot to go back to Photos, simply select Share, and choose Save. Sadly, videos can’t be hidden in Notes.
We’d like to see more innovation in on-device privacy in the future versions of iOS. Our generation has gotten used to storing the most intimate information on their smartphones, whether it be financial data or passwords or images or something similar. It would be nice if Albums were private by default on the iPhone, and users could disable this option when necessary.