Understanding Hidden Photos (#1663)

Understanding Hidden Photos (#1663)


So in the Photos app, both on the Mac and
iOS, you have the ability to hide photos. Now a lot of people misunderstand what this
feature is for. It’s not meant to be any kind of secure place
to put your photos where others can’t get to them. It’s just kind of a casual feature that has
some very basic uses. Let’s take a look at it and I’ll give you
some examples. Here I’m just viewing some photos using the
Photos view, here, of my library and I selected a photo. Now if I go to Image I can see in that menu
there I’ve got Hide 1 photo. Of course if I’ve selected multiple photos
it might say Hide 2 or Hide 3 photos. You can see that Command L is the shortcut. So what happens when I choose that. You can see I get a little message here that
the photo will be hidden from all places in your library but can be found in the Hidden
Album. So I’ll hit Hide Photo and you can see it
goes away. Now on the left I don’t see any Hidden Album
here. The way I get to that is I go to View and
I turn on Show Hidden Photo Album. When I do Hidden appears there on the left. So you can see it’s very easy to get to. Just by hiding a photo it’s not hard at all
for somebody to see all your hidden photos. They just need to go to View. If it’s not already shown they can Show the
Hidden Photo Album. You can see now I can hide it. Then click on it and there’s all of your hidden
photos. So any photo you’ve marked as hidden is going
to appear there. Now you can select it and go to Image. You can see now the menu choice changes to
Unhide 1 photo which will undo that. You can also use Command Z or edit Undo to
do it if it was the last thing that you did. So that’s the basics. It takes the photo out of your Photos View
in Library so it doesn’t appear there anymore. It will also take it out of places like Memories. If you look at some of these other types of
views like People and Places and things like that the photo won’t appear there. Now this is even true for albums that you’ve
created. Either smart albums or albums where you’ve
manually put the albums in there. I’ve got this photo included in the Colors
album I’ve created but you don’t see it because it’s hidden and in the Flowers smart album
because it’s tagged as a picture with flowers in it and the smart album has all of those. But it’s not there. So if I go back to the Hidden Album there
and I select the image and Unhide it, I can see it now appears again in Photos. It appears in my Colors album and in my Flowers
album as well. So it hides it from everywhere. I say that because I believe this wasn’t true
in previous versions of Photos and it would appear in albums you created and perhaps even
smart albums as well. I’m not sure. So now it actually gets rid of it everywhere. The only place you find it is if you go to
the Hidden Album. So this is the only place it will appear now
is if you go to this album. By the way this is how you do it on the iPhone
or iPad. You would select a picture and when you’re
there you would use the Action button or Share button at the bottom left, in this case on
the iPhone it will be different, and you can then look for the ability here at the bottom
to Hide the photo. You get a similar warning there and you hit
Hide. Now if you’re using iCloud Photo Library,
of course, this all syncs back and forth. So you can Hide something on one device and
it will be hidden in your library across all of your devices as well. So if it’s so easy to reveal the Hidden Album
and view your hidden photos then what good is this feature. Well, it’s not meant to be a security feature. It’s not meant to be something where you hide
away photos that you don’t want anybody else to see. It’s meant to be more of a casual convenience
for you. So, for instance, say you’re in a habit of
taking pictures of documents. Maybe receipts, maybe take a picture of identification
documents when you travel. Then you notice that when you want to go and
flip through your photos and maybe show some people your photos these things appear there
and it’s kind of, you know, just something you want to avoid having those things revealed. You just want to stick to your actual regular
photos. So you can then hide those kinds of things. They’ll only appear in the Hidden Album. So it’s kind of convenient that way. I’ve used it in the past when I’ve taken pictures,
like I said, of receipts. It’s just convenient for me when I’m traveling
just to do it on my phone. Just take the picture really quick. Later on I’m going to off-load them and put
them somewhere else. But in the meantime I make each one of those
hidden so as I try to view my photos I’m not stuck looking at all of these different documents
rather than concentrating on my actual photos. It’s kind of useful for things like that. Some people may want to use them even more
intensely for photos they don’t like. Maybe they’ve taken multiple shots of the
same thing and they kind of want to hide the ones they’re not interested in or thinking
that they may want to delete later on but want to review them first. You may come up with different uses for this
Hidden Album. It’s meant to be kind of a versatile tool. Not a security tool. So just use it with that in mind.

Dereck Turner

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