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How to Hide, View, and Unhide Pics in the Photos App on a Mac

Since I’m big on family pics, macOS Photos is one of my most used apps — and I suspect most folks are like me in this regard. I share a lot of photos with others, but there are some that I wouldn’t want to be viewed by strangers should my Mac laptop get stolen (and, no, not THOSE kinds of photos). Fortunately, there’s an easy way to hide your pics.

How to hide photos in macOS Photos

To hide selected photos in macOS Photos:

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Choose the photo or photos you want to hide. 
  • Right-click (or control-click) and select Hide.
Hide a picture in macOS Photos app
  • Alternatively, you can use the menu bar to select “Image > Hide photo.”
  • You’ll be asked if you really want to hide it. If you do, click Hide. If you change your mind, click Cancel.

Your pics are moved into a hidden album dubbed, appropriately, Hidden. If you use iCloud Photos (and I recommend that you do), the photos that you hide on one Mac are hidden on your other devices, too – iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, etc.

How to view the Hidden album

Of course, you don’t want your hidden photos to be hidden from yourself.

To see what’s in your Hidden album:

  • Go to the View menu in the menu bar and select “Show Hidden Photo Album.”
Show hidden photo album in macOS Photos app
  • Click the Hidden album in the sidebar to open it.

How to unhide photos

You can always unhide your hidden photos if you wish.

  • Open Photos. In the menu bar, choose “View > Show Hidden Photo Album.”
  • In the sidebar, select Hidden.
  • Select the photo or video that you want to unhide.
Unhide photo in macOS Photos app
  • Control-click the photo, then choose Unhide Photo. You can also select “Image > Unhide Photo” from the menu bar, or press Command-L.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • I can’t click on show hidden photos it’s light grey and it won’t let me click on it but I’ve hidden photos I want to see. I need some help thank you

  • I must be missing something. If a stranger has your laptop and access then to your “photos” app, how does creating an album called “hidden” provide any more privacy unless there is an additional password at that point?

    • Hello Gord, I’m thinking the same as you. Probably they should hide this article from those who steal.