You can hide photos in iOS 16 by selecting them in the Photos app and tapping on Hide in the options menu.  (Photo: Howley)

This iOS 16 feature will help you hide your most sensitive photos

I’ve been running (AAPL) iOS 16 beta On my iPhone 13 Pro for over a week, I can confirm that a software update will make major changes to your phone when it lands in September. But there is one feature – the ability to hide your sensitive photos – that will definitely come in handy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m digging into the new lock screen setup that lets you add widgets to the panel. The ability to drag or edit texts sent to other iOS 16 users, and the option to pull messages sent via the Mail app are grippy additions to the program that will save you a lot of embarrassment if you’re too quick to fiddle with your fingers.

But protecting your photos is guaranteed to be an underrated but worthwhile update for all users.

listen to me. We’ve all handed our phones over to someone to show them some pictures before. Maybe you want them to see your vacation shots, or maybe you want to show off your new apartment or remodeled bathroom.

But in the back of your mind, you’re hoping, and praying that they don’t pass too much through your roll of pictures. Maybe you’re a bride-to-be preparing for your wedding and you don’t want your partner to see your dress. You may have taken a picture of a potential birthday gift that you don’t want your friend to see. You might be embarrassed by the pictures you took of your beagle wearing a toe-toe. Or maybe you have pictures… well, something else entirely.

You can hide photos in iOS 16 by selecting them in the Photos app and tapping on Hide in the options menu. (Photo: Howley)

You can now hide and lock your photos behind a password or FaceID. The idea is to allow you to keep your most sensitive and misleading photos away from prying eyes or over-ambitious finger bandages.

To use this feature, you simply have to select the photo you want to keep protected in the Photos app, tap the three buttons in the top right corner of the screen, and choose Hide.

When you want to check your photo again, you can simply go to the Albums tab in Photos, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select Hidden under the Utilities section. You will then need to use FaceID or a passcode to access the hidden album, and your photo will be back.

Your hidden photos will be protected by Face ID or passcode.  (Photo: Howley)

Your hidden photos will be protected by Face ID or passcode. (Photo: Howley)

Of course, since this is iOS 16 beta, the last version of the software you eventually downloaded in September might look or work differently.

If you’re interested in trying out the iOS 16 beta, you can sign up to access the public beta from Apple’s website and download the beta profile on your iPhone. If you choose to install the trial version, you must make sure that you have backed up your phone, that you are prepared to lose your data, and you have to reset your device completely.

If this seems too intimidating to you, you can download the trial version on a secondary device to try it out.

Happy hiding.

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